Carmelo AnthonyFounding Partner at Isos7Speaker
Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony has led a storied career as ninth on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a member of NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team. However, many of his most significant and proudest accomplishments have occurred off the court, where he has established himself as a boundless philanthropist and social justice advocate as well as a successful businessman.
From the early days of his basketball career, Anthony has been a vocal and active advocate for equality and social justice. In 2005, he founded The Carmelo Anthony Foundation as a vehicle to champion community impact, social reform, and racial equality through a variety of outreach initiatives and donations. Additionally, in 2020, Anthony joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul to found the Social Change Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to empowering and investing in Black businesses and Black communities. In 2021, in recognition of his long passionate advocacy, Anthony was awarded the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, dedicated to one NBA player who most upholds the NBA's values of equality, respect and inclusion through his pursuit of social justice.
In business, Anthony has proven equally impactful as a key figure in the first wave of athlete entrepreneurs, helping lay the foundation for the next generation of athletes turned business moguls. Upon entering the NBA in 2003, Anthony became Jordan Brand’s first signature athlete and has been intimately involved in creating thirteen signature shoes with the label. In 2014, Anthony co-founded Melo7 Tech Partners with media executive Stuart Goldfarb to invest in and develop opportunities in digital media, consumer internet ventures, and emerging platforms. The portfolio includes early-stage investments in companies such as DraftKings, SeatGeek, Overtime, Lyft, and Andela. In 2021, spurred by a passion for inclusive storytelling, Anthony and his longtime business partner and co-founder, Asani Swann, announced Creative 7, a global, multi-platform content company producing purpose-driven projects spanning television, film, audio, and digital. Alongside Swann, Anthony also recently founded global wine brand VII(N) – The Seventh Estate and launched the brand’s first vintage, Oath of Fidelity, which debuted in 2022. Anthony is also a New York Times Bestselling author of his memoir “Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised”, which was released in 2021.