The rather unique parenting style of Shaquille O’Neal. While his children won’t get a single cent as an inheritance from his $400 million fortune if they don’t get two college degrees. He has splurged a million dollars on his daughter’s birthday and even gifted a $130,000 sports car.

Via Instagram / @shaq


Shaquille O’Neal, the former Lakers center, is a 51-year-old, seven feet softy who may have won several championships, awards, and accolades. However, the one he single-handedly deserves is that of being a great father. As opposed to the uncompromising parenting style of his soldier father, Phillip A. Harrison, Shaq’s approach to parenting is unique. The father of six children has always been vocal about his love for all his children. He also openly shared how his daughters have a special place in his heart, and the sons have been trained to live independently by 18.

There are some traces of toughness in Shaq’s methods, but what caught our attention was his conversation with Hollywood stunner Mila Kunis on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Shaq has amassed a $400 million empire through intelligent investments and money-spinning deals.

Through the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation the basketball superstar has helped thousands of underserved youth.

He rightfully dubbed himself Shaq’a Claus during the 2017 episode where Kunis and O’Neal chatted about their very different parenting styles. While Kunis and Kutcher are strict and dont over-gift their kids on Christmas even, Shaq’s gifting strategy for his kids made the beauty’s jaw drop! “EverythingTheyWant.com,” the Lakers legend declared.

Shaquille O’Neal jokingly lifts Bill Gates. Image – Reddit.

The 1972-born athlete had modest beginnings, which is why he doesn’t shy from splurging on his kids now and then. he is raising his clan in the lap of luxury with stunning mansions in Texas, homes in Florida, California, and Nevadaand another three homes in the Atlanta suburb of McDonough.

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His sold his massive Florida mansion in 2021.

His own childhood was a far cry. In an interview with the New York Post published in 2021, Shaq discussed growing up poor, “I came from nothing,” he said. “But, just because I made it doesn’t mean I’m bigger than you, smarter than you. Just because I have more money doesn’t mean I’m better than you. I’ve never been that way, and I never will be that way.”


He famously spent a million dollars on his daughter Amirah’s 16th birthday bash.
The incredible 7 feet tall man with an equally big heart goes all out for this offsprings. From spending a massive $100,000 on his daughter Amirah’s birthday bash to buying her a $122,000 Mercedes, the dad evidently dotes on his daughter. Still, the man with a legendary NBA career balances the scales with some clear boundaries.

Via Instagram / @shaq

Shaq stated for his children to inherit his wealth, they must get a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. O’Neal only aims to provide financial support to his children if they complete their education and start a business where he can invest. “You gotta have bachelors or master’s degrees, and then if you want me to invest in one of your companies, you’re going to have to present it, boom boom boom, bring it to me. I’ll let you know; I’m not giving you nothing,” he said.

Shaquille with his children.

Shaquille O’Neal says he wants his kids to earn their own money-
“We ain’t rich. I’m rich,” said the NBA legend matter-of-factly to his kids. His house isn’t one with many rules but one- excellent education! “I don’t care if you play basketball. I don’t care about none of that,” he said. “Listen, I got six kids. I would like a doctor, somebody to own a hedge fund, a pharmacist, a lawyer, someone that owns multiple businesses, someone to take over my business. But I tell them I’m not going to hand it to you. You gotta earn it.”

Shaquille with his son Shareef.Via Instagram / @shareefoneal

To put his plans into action, his children will not be given access to his inheritance unless they obtain at least two degrees. “In order to get my cheese, you have to present me with two degrees,” Shaquille shared.

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