Professional athletes do pretty well for themselves. With endorsements, limited edition shoes, and getting their face on a Wheaties box, they have many revenue options. Of course, some have done better than others and have invested their money into products that go beyond sports. But who made it to the top? Here are the 25 All-Time Richest Athletes We Won’t Forget Anytime Soon.
Manny Pacquiao (Net Worth: $190 Million)
While most know him as a champion boxer, Pacquiao is also an actor, singer, endorser, and politician. While most of his money comes from his boxing, he’s a well-known movie star in the Philippines.
Lewis Hamilton (Net Worth $240 Million)
Formula One racing has been good to Lewis Hamilton, his primary bread and butter. It helps to win several racing championships, and he’s done that and more.
Lionel Messi (Net Worth $280 Million)
Playing for Argentina, Lionel Messi is the highest paid professional soccer player in the world, making somewhere around $44 Million a year. Of course, being in video games and having your face on magazine covers helps out, too.
George Foreman (Net Worth $300 Million)
Who doesn’t have a George Foreman grill? Retired boxer and successful entrepreneur, George Foreman’s fortune primarily comes from his business ventures rather than his successful career as a boxer.
Alex Rodriguez (Net Worth $300 Million)
Playing for the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez is one of the highest paid baseball players. He gets about $33 million a year.
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Greg Norman (Net Worth $300 Million)
Greg Norman is an Australian professional golfer with a net worth of $300 million. He’s achieved 90 professional victories and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Net Worth $300 Million)
Son of famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, it’s safe to say Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has lived up to the name. With a net worth of $300 million, he makes around $22 million a year.
Jack Nicklaus (Net Worth $320 Million)
Becoming pro golfer in 1961, Jack Nicklaus has amassed a net worth of $320 million and is regarded as one of the best golfers of all time.
LeBron James (Net Worth $340 Million)
Famed basketball player LeBron James earns up to $70 million a year in salary and endorsements with a net worth of $340 million.
Kobe Bryant (Net Worth $350 Million)
Right ahead of LeBron James is Kobe Bryant with a net worth of $350 million. While he only made $25 million a year for the Lakers, he still was able to rack up a lot in endorsements.
Phil Mickelson (Net Worth $375 Million)
Phil Mickelson is a professional golfer making roughly $50 million a year in salary, endorsements, and tournament winnings. His net worth is $375 million.
Floyd Mayweather (Net Worth $400 Million)
Floyd Mayweather makes a whopping $100 million per fight and has a total net worth of $400 million. He’s had a total of 46 wins and zero losses.
Shaquille O'Neil (Net Worth $400 Million)
A retired basketball player, Shaquille O’Neil is now a commenter on NBA games and appears in commercials. With his basketball career and other celebrity endeavors, he’s reached a net worth of $400 million.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Net Worth $400 Million)
A professional soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo makes around $45 million a year and with endorsements has a net worth of $400 million.
Roger Federer (Net Worth $400 Million)
Swiss-born professional tennis player, Roger Federer is ranked the number one player in the world, earning around $70 million a year with a net worth of $400 million.
Michael Buffer (Net Worth $400 Million)
We all know him from his famous phrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble.” Michael Buffer has amassed a fortune as a boxing announcer and entrepreneur, but most of that is because he was smart and trademarked the famous phrase.
David Beckham (Net Worth $450 Million)
Retired English soccer player David Beckham makes about $50 million a year with a net worth of $450 million. He currently is a sought-after spokesman for several products.
Junior Bridgeman (Net Worth $600 Million)
A retired basketball player of the Milwaukee Bucks, Junior Bridgeman later moved on to business where he invested much of his money into fast food chains like Wendy’s and Chili’s. It clearly paid off as his net worth is $600 million.
Magic Johnson (Net Worth $600 Million)
Famed Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson’s basketball career was tragically cut short when he contracted the HIV virus. Much like Junior Bridgeman, Johnson started his own successful business and has a net worth of $600 million.
Roger Staubach (Net Worth $600 Million)
Roger Staubach is a former professional football quarterback who went on to be a commentator and owner of an investments firm.
Arnold Palmer (Net Worth $700 Million)
One of the most famous professional golfers in history, Arnold Palmer earned billions from endorsements and golf championships.
Tiger Woods (Net Worth $740 Million)
Successful professional golfer Tiger Woods earns around $5o million a year and has been ranked #1 consecutively more than any other golfer. With the long list of endorsements and sponsors he receives, it’s no wonder he has a net worth of $740 million.
Michael Schumacher (Net Worth $800 Million)
A German Formula-One racer, Michael Schumacher’s net worth is $800 million due to the laundry list of races he has won.
Vince McMahon (Net Worth $1 Billion)
Occasional wrestler and more popularly a wrestling promoter, Vince McMahon has made a pretty penny over his lifetime. Owning 57% of the WWE’s class A stock, it makes sense that he would have a net worth of $1 billion.
Michael Jordan (Net Worth $1.2 Billion)
Perhaps one of the most famous basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan is now retired and owns a variety of businesses. He also receives endorsements and sponsorships. With all of his income streams, he has a net worth of $1.2 billion.
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