Top 10 Richest Athletes in the World possess net worth of about 8 billion USD. These wealthiest athletes belong to some of the most popular sports in the world. These sports include tennis, golf, NBA, NFL, F1 etc. Surprisingly, not a single soccer player is included in top 10 richest athletes in the world. Below is the full list.
Romanian Businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player Ion Tiriac is at top in the list of top 10 richest athletes in the world. His net worth is about 2 billion USD. The current owner of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. He owns Tiriac Holdings, TiriacAIR, HVB Tiriac Bank, Allianz-Tiriac Asigurari Romania, TiriacAuto, Tiriac Leasing, and Tir Travel.
2. Michael Jordan 1 Billion USD
The greatest basketball player of all time Michael Jordan is another billionaire athlete in the world. The net worth of this legendry player is over 1 billion USD. Although he has not played professionally in over a decade, he still earns an estimated $80-100 million per year from different endorsements and various business deals. By increasing his stake in the Charlotte Hornets from 80 percent to 89.5 percent, Jordan’s net worth increased from $750 million to $1 billion. Michael Jordan is ranked No 2 in top 10 richest athletes in the world.
One of the most successful drivers of Formula One Michael Schumacher is at No 3 position in the list of richest athletes in the world. Former seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. Former German Driver’s net worth is about 800 million USD. Schumacher is also one of the highest paid athletes of all time. Even in years when he is not racing, Schumacher can easily earn $50 million per year from various endorsements.
The boss of WWE Vince McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter, former announcer, commentator, film producer, actor and occasional professional wrestler has net worth of 750 million USD. Until March 2014 he was a billionaire with a worth of 1.6 billion USD. But owing to poor results related to their premium channel subscribers and future revenue expectations the shares of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) tumbled 44%. Consequently, Mr. McMahon net worth drops from $1.6 billion to $750 million.
One of the greatest golfer of all time; Arnold Palmer former American professional golfer has a net worth of $675 million. “The King” has won the PGA Tour 62 times and the Championship Tour ten times. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He is at No.5 position in the list of wealthiest athletes in the world.
Arnold is no more among us. He passed away on 26 September 2016, at the age 87 in Pittsburgh.According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Palmer had been hospitalized since Thursday, undergoing tests on his heart.
Palmer won seven majors in his career: The Masters in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964; the British Open in 1961 and 1962; and the U.S. Open in 1960.
The American professional golfer Tiger Woods ranks among the best golfers in the world ever. His net worth has been estimated to be 600 million USD. He is the second richest African American. He is one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Majority of his wealth comes from the prize money he has won as a professional golfer. He has also made considerable wealth from product endorsements and sponsorships.
At No. 7 in the list of richest athletes in the world; we have former star NFL quarterback Roger Staubach with a net wealth of 600 million USD. He also is executive chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle. He played in five Super Bowls, he won two of them. And he’s a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Next in the list of richest athletes in the world is American football executive Al Davis with a net worth of 500 million USD. He owned 67% of the Raiders and with his leadership; it was one of the most successful teams in professional sports.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is a retired American basketball player and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $500 million. Johnson played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA for 13 seasons. He is one of the America’s most influential black businessmen. Johnson has numerous business interests, and was a part-owner of the Lakers for several years. Johnson also is part of a group of investors that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014.
The former Irish motorsport team boss, businessman, entrepreneur, musician and mentor Eddie Jordan has a net worth of over 475 million USD. He is at No 10 in our list of the richest athletes in the world. Jordan was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He is currently the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC.