The profile: The apprentice

Bridgeman’s expertise on the business side of things didn’t go unnoticed by all of his basketball-playing peers—wouldn’t you want to listen to the guy who made $400 million? Mr. Big Shot himself, Chauncey Billups, sought out and formed a partnership with the franchise king to purchase 30 Wendy’s locations from the fast-food giant in 2013. Athletes often talk about the benefits of learning from veterans at the beginning of their careers, and Billups wisely saw fit to apply that principle in retirement. There's no one better to learn from than the master himself.