Shaq talks about how he expects his kids to make a living


If you know someone with a famous father, you’ll probably automatically assume that the child is fine and free to do whatever they want. Maybe you’re jealous because you think they have more money than you. That they had better clothes, a car and a house…

Before you rush into it, you should know that this is not always the case. For example, the children of the famous basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq has a net worth of around $400 million — but does he plan on passing it down to his kids just because he’s their dad? crap no.

Shaq recently chatted about his notions free money for his kids on the Earn Your Leisure” podcast. His stance? Never. He explained that he’s explained to them that they need to earn their own money and doesn’t think they should just automatically get his cash just because they’re his kids.

Of course, kids being kids, they didn’t take it that well. They don’t see why, since he has so much money, why they can’t just have some of it. But Shaq is staying true to his word and doesn’t plan to give them a dime unless it’s earned.

“They’re kind of upset with me, not really upset but they don’t understand,” O’Neal said. “I tell them all the time, ‘We ain’t rich. I’m rich.’”

He went on to say that he expects all six of his kids to graduate college and earn their living the way everyone else does. He also talked about how if they have a company they want their dad to invest in, he expects them to present it to him in a professional manner and a make a good case of it.


People who listened to the podcast mostly agreed with Shaq.

“I respect that! He wants his children to earn it! And he said that he would INVEST in them, not GIVE it to them,” someone wrote.

“He’s right , tell your kids that snd make them have ambition and drive to get to where you’re at,” another said.

Some had mixed emotions about it. “I agree to some extent,” someone wrote. “I think education is very important. But people accumulate generational wealth also for the reasons that their children can pursue their real purpose and things they are passionate about that can make an impact on the world, whatever that may be. I think it’s honorable to want your children to have drive so they don’t become lazy, but we have to think outside the box of the traditional standard.”

And some people disagreed entirely.

“If I’m rich, my kids are rich!” someone exclaimed. “Hell is you doing all this work for if they can’t inherit the fruits of your labor? Proper financial literacy and leave them the legacy.”

What are your thoughts? If you were rich, would you share with your kids, or make them work for it?

What do you think?