Golfers, footballers, boxers, sprinters and a huge list of other sportsmen make a huge sum of money. Golfers and NBA players are usually regarded to rank as one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Sweat no further as our top 10 list of the richest athletes in the world will quench your curiosity. Our list reveals how each athlete has managed to turn his skill into endorsement deals and passive income generating sources that make them rank high in the list of richest athletes.
# 10. Junior Bridgeman
Bridgeman completes our list of top 10 riches athletes with a net worth of $400 million. A former basketball player, Bridgeman is a proud owner of over 160 Wendy’s outlet and over 100 Chili’s restaurants.
# 9. Michael Buffer
Welcome to our number 9 man, in the person of Michael Buffer with a net worth of $400 million and earnings coming from being a boxing announcer and a great entrepreneur.
# 8. Eddie Jordan
Eddie comes in on number 8 on our list with a net worth of $475 million. He is a business guru and a former car race driver. Eddie is the founder and owner of the Jordan Grand Prix and this forms the main source of his wealth.
# 7. Magic Johnson
Johnson is a retired basketball player and entrepreneur with a net worth of $500 million. Magic’s wealth source comes majorly from his endorsement. Magic Johnson has been able to grow his empire – Magic Johnson Enterprises which is valued at over $1 billion and has given Johnson a personal net worth of $500 million.
# 6. Tiger Woods
The famous golf player, Tiger Woods comes in as number 6 on our list. Woods is golf player extraordinaire with great laurels and championship winnings to his name. He has a net worth of $550 million. His $85 million salary and fat endorsement deals have made sure he stays rich.
# 5. ROGER STAUBACH
Number 5 on our list is Roger Staubach with a net worth of $600 million. Roger is famous for his exploits as a professional quarterback. He is a successful entrepreneur and was a great quarterback in his days.
# 4. Arnold Palmer
Palmer is a professional golfer with a net worth of $675 million. Palmer is regarded as one of the greatest golf player of all time. His wealth comes from his endorsement deals and earnings from being an architect, designer and commercial partnerships.
# 3. Vince McMahon
Vince is done everything from wrestling to acting. He is a wrestling promoter, screenwriter, sports commentator, film producer, and the list goes on. Little wonder he has been able to rise to number 3 on the richest athletes list with a net worth of $750 million.
# 2. Michael Schumacher
The German F1 racer is worth $800 million. The famous Formula One race car driver also ranks as one of the highest of all time. He has been to amass such enormous wealth from endorsement deals. He sometimes tries his hands on some acting, as a Voice Actor. Deals from Shell have and the likes, have made sure Schumacher pockets a minimum of $50 million yearly.
# 1 . Michael Jordan
The first on our list is the basketball legend that currently has a net worth of $1 billion. The former Chicago Bulls player has been able to rise to the top of the list with endorsement deals and investments that generate between 80 – 100 million dollars yearly.