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Shaq Spends $1,000 a Week on Apps

Wall Street Journal Shaquille O'Neal talks tech

Most of it is deer hunting games?

Shaquille O’Neal has transitioned successfully from basketball player to technology investor—he picked up Google stock pre-IPO and once called Steve Jobs for an early iPhone (he didn’t get it). In the name of his tech expertise, he also spends $1,000 a week buying apps.

“I’m not afraid to say I’m a geek at heart,” Shaq tells the Wall Street Journal in an interview. “I honestly spend about $1,000 on apps a week—real money. When I’m not working, I spend all my money on apps.”

Shaq notes that last week, he bought about 20 deer hunting games, so the purchases might all be for work. Spending $1,000 is a real feat, however, given that the average price of an iPhone app is just $.19. That’s 5,263 apps. Impressive.

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