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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