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Top 31 Richest Athletes In The World

1. Tiger Woods, Net Worth: $740 Million

Tiger Woods has won 14 professional major golf championships and 18 World Golf Championships. However, Tiger Woods' main wealth comes not from prize money but through endorsement deals including Nike and Rolex.

2. Serena Williams, Net Worth: $180 Million

Serena Williams, arguably the greatest female tennis player ever and the world's richest female athlete, has an Open Era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles and has 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. Besides, she has won 4 Olympic gold medals. Like other famous athletes here, Serena also makes millions from major endorsements like Nike and Gatorade.

3. Stephen Curry, Net Worth: $90 Million

Widely regarded as one of the greatest three-point shooters in NBA's history, Stephen Curry has enjoyed a highly successful playing career. Since leading the Golden State Warriors to three championships, his salary kept increasing from $12.1 million to $35 million. His lucrative endorsement deals with Under Armour, Chase, Vivo, Nissan, and Sony Pictures have generated an estimated $42 million off-court.

4. Alex Rodriguez, Net Worth: $350 Million

Alex Rodriguez signed two of the three biggest contracts in the history of baseball during his 22-year career and earned $545 million before his retirement from the game. These days, He's known as actress Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend and as a host for a CNBC reality show.

5. Kobe Bryant, Net Worth: $450 Million

Former basketball player Kobe Bryant had a legendary 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers earning a cool $680 million, including $280 million from various endorsements. He also has his own company, Kobe Inc. and a venture capital firm, Bryant Stibel.

6. Magic Johnson, Net Worth: $500 Million

After his NBA career, during which he reportedly earned more than $18 million in salary alone, Johnson started an empire with Magic Johnson Enterprises, an investment conglomerate now valued at an estimated $1 billion.

7. Jack Nicklaus, Net Worth: $320 Million

Former golfer Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most major tournament victories at 18. He gained the majority of his wealth at the peak of his golfing career. However, he has also received income from his golf course design company, which is responsible for 410 courses in 41 countries.

8. Cristiano Ronaldo, Net Worth: $620 Million

Cristiano Ronaldo gets paid handsomely for his soccer prowess: He recently signed a contract with Juventus that will pay him over $50 million for the next three years, and which makes him one of the world's highest-paid soccer players. Besides this, he also makes masses of cash from endorsements.

9. Michael Jordan, Net Worth: $1.7 Billion

The former NBA star is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Jordan's salary totaled $90 million, and he's made more than $1 billion through endorsement deals with brands like Nike and Hanes and his stake in the Charlotte Hornets.

10. Floyd Mayweather, Net Worth: $560 Million

Floyd Mayweather is a former professional boxer with an unbelievable record of 50-0, undefeated. In addition to his $300 million salary in 2015, Mayweather also made approximately $15 million in endorsements. He reportedly earned over $200 million when he fought and defeated UFC champion Conor McGregor in August 2017.

11. Lebron James, Net Worth: $400 Million

Lebron James is widely considered one of the best basket players on the planet. He has won three NBA championships since his debut in 2003. Aside from his on-court winnings, James rakes in millions in endorsements, investments and movie deals.

12. Shaquille O'Neal, Net Worth: $400 Million

Shaquille O'Neal, nicknamed "Shaq," is a retired American basketball player. O'Neal's success stemmed not only from his high-paying NBA contracts during his playing days but also from his many endorsements, acting and more.

13. David Beckham, Net Worth: $450 Million

David Beckham has successfully transformed himself from soccer sensation to model, spokesperson, and international superstar, earning enough money along the way to rank amongst the wealthiest athletes of all time.

14. Lionel Messi, Net Worth: $400 Million

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer and considered one of the best players in the world. Messi has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, and his contract extension will keep him with the club through the 2020-21 season. The buyout clause for Barcelona's all-time leading scorer was doubled under the new deal to $835 million.

15. Vince McMahon, Net Worth: $1.22 Billion

Vince McMahon is an American former professional wrestler. He took over WWE from his father in the 1980s and now is the owner, chairman, and CEO of the company. The major of his money came from his success with the WWE company.

16. Phil Mickelson, Net Worth: $375 Million

American professional golfer Phil Mickelson has won 42 events on the PGA Tour in his career, including five major championships. His $84 million in career prize money ranks second all-time. He also keeps his finances well stocked with endorsements from agencies like Rolex and Callaway.

17. Michael Schumacher, Net Worth: $800 Million

Former German Formula One race car driver, Schumacher holds the records for the most World Championship titles (7) and the most Grand Prix wins (91). He reportedly made $1 billion during his career. Sadly, he was severely injured in a skiing accident in 2013.

18. Roger Federer, Net Worth: $450 Million

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has made $116 million in prize money from his tennis career, but that's nothing compared to what he's made from endorsement deals. He has been working with famous brands like Mercedes-Benz, Moet & Chandon, Wilson, and Rolex for many years.

19. Roger Staubach, Net Worth: $600 Million

Roger Staubach is a legendary quarterback who played eleven straight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys from 1969-1980. After he retired from the NFL, Staubach went on to have a successful career in commercial real estate.

20. Eddie Jordan, Net Worth: $475 Million

Former Irish racing driver Eddie Jordan obtained his wealth by being the founder and owner of the Jordan F1 team. He is currently the lead analyst for F1 coverage on Channel 4.

21. Ion Tiriac, Net Worth: $2 Billion

Tiriac is a Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player. Owing to his successful business ventures, he has become the richest athlete in the world.

22. Venus Williams, Net Worth: $75 Million

Venus Williams might not be as polarizing as sibling Serena, but that doesn’t mean she’s no slouch in her own right. Her $75 million net worth has proven her high-profile tennis career and marketing roles.

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23. Simone Biles, Net Worth: $4 Million

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles set the record for the most medals in history by an American gymnast at the age of 18. Early fame has given her a large bulk of prize money and endorsement deals. Her net worth is a respectable $4 million at the age of 22.

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24. Michael Phelps, Net Worth: $55 Million

With 28 medals in total, swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time. Besides swimming, he has also written 2 books, and appears as a public speaker occasionally. The net worth of Michael Phelps is $55 million today.

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25. Maria Sharapova, Net Worth: $90 Million

With 33 career singles titles and five Grand Slams, Maria Sharapova is arguably one of the best female tennis players in the world. She was named the highest-grossing female athlete in 2014, making her a star who is still showing what she’s all about.

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26. Kevin Durant, Net Worth: $150 Million

The Brooklyn Nets star is probably one of the best scorers in the NBA as well as one of the highest-paid athletes of our time. He has amassed a net worth of $150 million from huge deals and endorsements. In recent years, he’s been the face of Nike, Degree antiperspirant, Sprint, General Electric, and Gatorade.

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27. Neymar Jr., Net Worth: $185 Million

Brazilian soccer legend Neymar Jr came from very humble beginnings in Sao Paolo, Brazil but now with a net worth of $185 million, he has been living the most comfortable life in the world. He owns a mansion worth nearly $10 million, a three-bedroom yacht and his own private jet.

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28. Peyton Manning, Net Worth: $200 Million

Retired football legend had played in the NFL for 18 seasons, for both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, leading his teams to the Super Bowl twice. Like many other athletes on our list, Manning’s net worth comes from salary, bonuses, and endorsements with big companies like Reebok, Nike, DirecTv, Buick, Nationwide and Fanatics.

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29. Anna Kournikova, Net Worth: $50 Million

Compared with other tennis players on our list, Anna Kournikova might not be that memorable regarding her professional career, but she made serious coin when it came to marketing. Using her good looks and fame for a variety of brands, Anna earned $50 million.

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30. Li Na, Net Worth: $40 Million

Chinese tennis player was considered to be vastly underrated by many. Despite that she only earned two Grand Slam titles in her career, she once peaked at No. 2 in the world at one point and earned $40 million, making her someone who was definitely feared by opponents and ready to win any tournament.

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31. Annika Sorenstam, Net Worth: $40 Million

Winning 93 international competitions, 72 LPGA tournaments and 10 majors, Sweden golfer Annika Sorenstam dominated her era like no other female athlete had. That status has brought her fame and wealth, making her top LPGA’s career money list with $22 million and topping out at $40 million altogether.

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