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LeBron on Forbes list

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 15, 2010

I know what you're going to say: "STOP WRITING ABOUT LEBRON! I DON'T CARE ABOUT LEBRON!"

That's fair and I understand. Still, I still work for the AKRON Beacon Journal and LeBron is still from Akron. And he still has many supporters here, too. Therefore, from time to time, I'll have blog postings and tweets about James. If you don't want to read them, feel free to skip over them.

They won't be every day, but they'll be when warranted. Like today, since James ranks No. 20 on Forbes Magazine's "40 Under 40 Most Influential People in Business." He is the only sports star to make the list, which is topped by 39-year-old Mark Andreessen, the co-founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning.

Forbes writes of James: "How many people can stop the pulse of a country? James's primetime signing with Miami this summer was slammed as a publicity stunt, but his brand emerged unscathed. It was the latest marketing bonanza seeded by his own company, LRMR, which James and high school friends have built over four years. LRMR has brokered James's deals with McDonald's and State Farm; a Sports Illustrated tally ranks him No. 4 on its list of top-grossing athletes, with an estimated $42.4 million this year."

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