Shaq Explains To Ellen How Babysitting Led To Making Big Bucks Investing In Google

Shaquille O’Neal is best known for his skills on the basketball court but his investment skills may be just as noteworthy.

Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday, O’Neal talked about his wealth, including his 76,000 sq ft home in Florida, of which he only uses two rooms.

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“The kitchen, because I like to eat,” he said, “and the bedroom, because I like to sleep.”

The 46-year-old father of six also talked about his most important rule as a parent: “If you want to touch my cheese, you’ve got to show me two degrees.”

He explained that “cheese” means money, and that he teaches his kids that while their father is extremely successful, they won’t get handouts until they have gotten both bachelor and masters degrees at university.

O’Neal also talked about how he invested early in Google in the ’90s. He was babysitting a man’s kids while he was in a meeting, and that man decided to bring him in on an investment in the up-and-coming search company.

“I invested, and then a couple years later I got a really big return,” O’Neal said, with emphasis on “really big.”

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DeGeneres also had O’Neal play a game called “Tiny Hands, Big Shaq”, in which he wore tiny fake hands and completed a series of tricky tasks, ending with scoring a basket.



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