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Basketball icon Michael Jordan’s net worth has ascended to a staggering $3.5 billion, a financial milestone that currently surpasses the collective valuation of the non-fungible token (NFT) market. This valuation stands in stark contrast to the NFT sector, which had achieved a valuation of over $15 billion merely two years ago.

Renowned as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan has further cemented his legacy through a recent sale of stakes in the Charlotte Hornets, propelling his net worth to an estimated $3.5 billion according to data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

This remarkable financial achievement takes on added significance when juxtaposed with the recent downturn experienced by the non-fungible token market.

NFTs, once a thriving domain within the realm of cryptocurrency, have witnessed a notable decline in both trading volume and value.

From Boom to Downturn for NFTs

In direct contrast to the upward trajectory of Jordan’s financial standing, the NFT sector has encountered a downturn in both its market activity and valuation.

Having peaked in January 2023 with 7.36 million sales, NFT sales experienced a steep 49% decline last month, resulting in a total of 3.7 million sales.

The count of active traders participating in NFT transactions now hovers around 50,000, indicative of a broader trend indicating waning interest in this field.

Several factors contribute to the market’s decline.

Primarily, the overall dip in the cryptocurrency market has exerted an influence on foundational assets such as Ethereum, thereby impacting the valuation of NFTs.

Furthermore, the initial surge in enthusiasm for NFTs, driven by a fear-of-missing-out (FOMO) sentiment, has shifted towards a more cautious investor sentiment. This shift is attributed to the fact that numerous NFTs offer limited practical utility and remain under the control of centralized marketplaces, raising uncertainties about their long-term value.

The community has begun to recognize that, unlike cryptocurrency assets that have found applications across multiple industries, NFTs lack extensive real-world use beyond the realm of digital art. Consequently, NFTs have not garnered the same level of adoption.

Additionally, the NFT space has been plagued by recurring scams and fraudulent activities, leading to losses exceeding $100 million attributable to NFT-related scams in the year 2022 alone.