Mother: Christine Johnson, a school custodian
Marriage: Earlitha "Cookie" (Kelly) Johnson (1991-present)
Children: with Cookie Johnson: Elisa, born and adopted January 1995; Earvin III, June 4, 1992; with Melissa Mitchell: Andre, February 20, 1981
Education: Attended Michigan State University, 1977-1979
Johnson is 6'9" tall.
The rivalry with Larry Bird,
another NBA superstar, began in college. They became friends while shooting a Converse shoe commercial in 1984.
Helped the Lakers
win five NBA championships: 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.
Was the NBA Most Valuable Player three times: 1987, 1989 and 1990.
Has explained that the way he contracted HIV
was through sexual encounters with multiple female partners in the 1980s.
He is CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises,
which owns radio stations, movie theaters, magazines, real estate, a cable network, sports teams, and invests in corporate partnerships.
Johnson is also the chairman and CEO of the Magic Johnson Foundation,
which was created to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS through awareness, prevention and education.
1974 - Earns the nickname "Magic" after a game his sophomore year of high school, in which he scores 36 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists. Lansing State Journal sportswriter Fred Stabley, Jr. is the first to call him Magic.
1975-1977 - Is named to the All-State team and leads his team to a state championship. He is heavily recruited by college basketball programs nationwide and chooses Michigan State University in East Lansing.
1978 - The Michigan State Spartans win the Big Ten Championship.
March 26, 1979 -
MSU wins its first NCAA Championship
. The Spartans defeat Larry Bird and the Indiana State University Sycamores, 75-64. Johnson is named MVP.
1979 - Johnson leaves Michigan State to turn pro. He is the NBA first overall draft pick and is selected by the Los Angeles Lakers.
At 20 years old, Johnson is the youngest and the first rookie named the NBA Finals
MVP. The Lakers win 4-2 over the Philadelphia 76ers.
1982 - Is named Finals MVP after a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
UCLA hosts the first annual Midsummer Night's Magic
All-Star charity basketball game. Players include Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan
1987 - Is named Finals MVP after a 4-2 win over Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. He is also named League MVP.
1987 - Magic Johnson Enterprises is founded. Johnson is the chairman and CEO.
1988 - Johnson's fifth NBA championship is the Lakers second championship win in two years, a 4-3 win over the Detroit Pistons.
November 7, 1991 - In a nationally televised press conference Johnson announces he is HIV positive and is retiring from the Lakers effective immediately.
November 1991 - Establishes the Magic Johnson Foundation, which "works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities."
February 9, 1992 -
Voted to the NBA All-Star game
for the Western Conference by fans even though he had not played in a game that season. Is named MVP, with 25 points, three three-pointers, nine assists and five rebounds; the West beats the East 153-113.
February 16, 1992 - The Lakers officially retire his number 32 jersey.
August 8, 1992 -
The U.S. Olympic basketball "Dream Team,"
the first U.S. Olympic
team to include NBA players, wins the gold medal, beating Croatia 117-85 in the final game.
September 29, 1992 - Announces he will come out of retirement and play in the 1992-1993 season for the Lakers.
November 2, 1992 - Announces he is again retiring from basketball, due to the many NBA players voicing concern over possible health risks associated with such a high contact sport and Magic's HIV status.
November 3, 1992 - Publishes his autobiography, "My Life."
March 23, 1993-April 24, 1994 - Head coach of the Lakers.
June 27, 1994 - Becomes 5% owner and vice president of the Lakers.
January 30, 1996 - Returns again to play for the Lakers. In his first game, the Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors 128-118. NBA rules prohibit players from owning a team. Prior to his return, Johnson sells his interest in the team.
May 14, 1996 - Third, and final NBA retirement: "I am going out on my terms..."
October 1996 - Buys back the minority share of the team he sold to majority owner Jerry Buss earlier in the year.
September 27, 2002 - Is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Larry Bird introduces him.
November 4, 2009 - Releases "When the Game Was Ours," a book co-authored with Larry Bird.
March 6, 2010 -
HBO debuts the documentary, "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals,"
about the relationship between Johnson and Larry Bird on and off the court.
October 2010 - Sells his shares of the Lakers.
March 2012 -
Along with the Guggenheim Partners, Johnson wins a bidding war to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers
for $2.15 billion.
April 11-May 12, 2012 - The play "Magic/Bird," the story of the rivalry and friendship of Johnson and Bird, runs on Broadway.
June 2012 -
Launches a new cable television network, Aspire
February 5, 2014 - WNBA announces Johnson and a group of investors are purchasing franchise Los Angeles Sparks.
March 2016 - Ranks 10th on Forbes' 2016 list of The Highest-Paid Retired Athletes with estimated earnings of $18 million in 2015.
June 11, 2016 - The Los Angeles Lakers agree to eliminate Johnson's title of honorary vice president. "The change is being made in hopes of clarifying any confusion over Johnson's involvement with or representation of the team,"the Lakers announce in a statement. Johnson often tweets about the NBA league, players, and free agents.
February 21, 2017 -
Johnson is named as the Lakers' president of basketball operations, as part of a restructuring plan. He will step away from his role at ESPN, where he was on the show "NBA Countdown."