• Juanita Vanoy is a 59-year-old Hispanic model, real-estate agent and executive secretary
• Her most notable accomplishment is being the ex-wife of Michael Jordan
• She was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 13th, 1959
• She is the recipient of the world's most expensive divorce settlement which totaled $168 million
• She is active in real estate business and her net worth is estimated to be over $170 million

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Short Info

Net Worth$170 million
Date Of BirthJune 13, 1959
SpouseMichael Jordan
FactGave birth to her second child at age 31, a son Marcus James Jordan on December 24, 1990. Child's father is her ex-husband, Michael Jordan.

Who is Juanita Vanoy?

Born under the sign of Gemini on the 13th of June 1959, in Chicago, Illinois USA, Juanita Vanoy is a 59-year-old Hispanic model, real-estate agent and executive secretary, but is definitely best known to the world for being the ex-wife of one of the world’s all-time great basketball players, arguably the greatest, Michael Jordan. However, she has had a number of personal successes throughout her sometimes lucrative modeling career since the 1980s.

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Early Life and Education

Apparently an only child, Juanita was raised in her birthplace by parents of unknown names and professions. It’s unclear when she took an interest in any of the professions she eventually undertook over the course of her career, including any of her childhood hobbies. The name of her high school is unknown, but she began to do modeling during this part of her education. After her matriculation in 1977, it is unknown whether Juanita furthered her education.


Juanita had more than a few modeling gigs before changing her interests and landing the job of an executive secretary at the American Bar Association. She remained employed there for an unspecified amount of time, and it is believed that she still had this job when she met Michael. That said, nothing else is known about her career, other than the fact that she got into the real-estate business upon obtaining her divorce settlement funds.

The Encounter

It is reputed that Michael met Juanita at a Chicago Bennigan’s restaurant at some point in 1984, through the help of a mutual friend. They renewed contact at a friend’s party a few weeks later, and began dating from that point on.

Their Relationship

On New Year’s Eve of 1987, Michael proposed to Juanita at Nick’s Fish Market in Chicago. Even though Juanita accepted the proposal, they eventually called off their engagement for reasons yet unknown, but then began reconsidering marriage a year later. Soon after, Juanita realized she was pregnant; Jordan was suspicious at this point, and didn’t believe that the child was his, however, he still eventually re-proposed, and they married  at short notice – Michael was 26 and Juanita was 30 the day they married on the 2nd of September 1989, at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, and Juanita received a five-carat marquise diamond ring as a token of Michael’s affection on their wedding day. Their first child was already ten months old.

Their Marriage

Juanita and Jordan have three children together; son Jeffrey Michael Jordan, born on the 18th of November 1988, second son Marcus James Jordan, on the 24th of December 1990, and their daughter Jasmine Mickael Jordan on the 7th of January 1992. The two remained together for ten years after that, at which point Juanita filed for divorce in January 2002 due to irreconcilable differences, however, this was short-lived since they reconciled, and Juanita withdrew her petition. Then same thing happened four years later, only this time it was definite, and on the 29th of December 2006, divorce ended their 17 year-long union.

The World’s Most Expensive Divorce

Undeniably, Juanita made her wealth through the divorce from Michael. Their separation is ranked #1 on ‘The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces’ list by “Forbes”, at a staggering $168 million in her favor, plus a seven-acre estate including mansion in Chicago. Additionally, she was awarded custody of all three children. This is believed to be the most lucrative divorce settlement in history.

The Allegation

Ever since their talk of divorce surfaced in the media, it has been believed that Karla Knafel, the rumored former lover of the basketball legend, was the reason behind it. It was alleged that Jordan paid her $250,000 to stay silent about her relationship with him, while she claimed that Michael is her child’s father, and that he offered her a further $5 million for her silence, however, a DNA test was conducted and Michael proved not to be the father.

What is Juanita Vanoy’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Juanita Vanoy is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Juanita’s accumulated wealth is over $170 million, still adding to it as a real-estate businesswoman, although of course most has come from the divorce settlement. As her career continues to develop, the said amount can be expected to increase.

Body Measurements

Concerning the physical attributes of the real-estate expert, her vital statistics, height and weight are unknown; her body shape is generally described as regular, while her hair color is pitch dark and her eyes are dark brown.

Social Media Presence

Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active celebrities to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the projects they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. However, it doesn’t look like Juanita cares too much for this celebrity trend, as she keeps a low profile on social media networks – no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts exist in her name.

General Info

Full NameJuanita Vanoy
Net Worth$170 million
Date Of BirthJune 13, 1959


SpouseMichael Jordan
ChildrenJeffrey Michael Jordan, Marcus Jordan, Jasmine Mickael Jordan

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1Gave birth to her third child at age 33, a daughter Jasmine Mickael Jordan on December 7, 1992. Child's father is her ex-husband, Michael Jordan.
2Gave birth to her second child at age 31, a son Marcus James Jordan on December 24, 1990. Child's father is her ex-husband, Michael Jordan.
3Gave birth to her first child at age 29, a son Jeffrey Michael Jordan on November 11, 1988. Child's father is her boyfriend [now ex-husband], Michael Jordan.



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