Have you ever been browsing events in Matchbook Australia and wondered how much do the athletes earn? Well, today we’re going deep into the topic as we have prepared a list of the world’s ten richest athletes by net worth. We will be only considering the modern athletes as they’re the ones you probably want to learn about. Before counting their money, let us just list them for a brief overview:
- Michael Jordan.
- Tiger Woods.
- Arnold Palmer.
- Jack Nicklaus.
- Michael Schumacher.
- Phil Mickelson.
- Kobe Bryant.
- David Beckham.
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.
- Shaquille O’Neal.
10. Shaquille O’Neal – $735,000,000
Shaq is definitely one of the most popular athletes in the world thanks to his performance as an L.A. Lakers player and his public activity. He quit basketball in 2011 but has done lots of other things that only increased his popularity and, therefore, his net worth. Apart from being a professional basketball player, Shaq has four rap albums, one of them being platinum. He is now 49 and, according to Forbes, his net worth is $735 million.
9. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – $785,000,000
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the highest-paid boxers in the history of sports. His latest retirement dates back to 2017. Don’t be surprised by the wording: he has retired twice before and made one-fight comebacks. Floyd has an undefeated record, having 50 fights with no losses, 11 major world titles behind his back, and his net worth is estimated to be around $785 million.
8. David Beckham – $800,000,000
David Beckham is a professional soccer player from England. He has played in Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and on his national team. He retired at the age of 38 and also has a range of titles earned, but his passion for soccer was not over: Beckham is currently a co-owner and president of Inter Miami and his net worth is around $800 million.
7. Kobe Bryant – $800,000,000
Another L.A. Lakers former player on the list, Kobe’s net worth is a bit higher than Shaq’s. He was by many fans considered one of the best basketball players worldwide and had a long successful career behind him. Also known as Black Mamba, Kobe played his last season in 2016 and tried other activities in the following years. He died in 2020 in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.
6. Phil Mickelson – $815,000,000
Also known as Lefty, Phil Mickelson is one of the most successful golf players in modern history. He has managed to win a total of forty-five PGA Tour events and his net worth is estimated to be around $815 million. He is currently 51 and he does not seem to be planning on retiring: he won a major championship in 2021, becoming the oldest player to reach such an achievement.
5. Michael Schumacher – $1,000,000,000
The last type of sport that is going to be featured today is auto racing and of course, it is represented by Schumacher. He is one of the most successful and most popular racers in the world, having seven world championship victories behind him. Schumacher retired in 2012 and is currently 52 years old, his net worth is estimated to be $1 billion.
4. Jack Nicklaus – $1,200,000,000
Another golf veteran on the list, Jack Nicklaus has won 117 tournaments during his career. His passion for golf started at a young age and has not ended yet. He began his career in 1961 and is currently 81 years old. He is now doing court designs and writing books and his net worth is around $1.2 billion.
3. Arnold Palmer – $1,400,000,000
Palmer was a professional golf player that also had won lots of tournaments in his life. He was one of the first golf stars during the development of television and apart from playing golf he was an active businessman. He died in 2016 at the age of 87 and according to Forbes, his net worth is estimated to be around $1.4 billion.
2. Tiger Woods – $1,700,000,000
The last golf player on our list and probably the most popular one among modern athletes. He has set multiple golf records, won lots of tournaments, including 18 world championships and created the TGR Foundation. He is now 45 and his net worth is $1.7 billion.
1. Michael Jordan – $1,850,000,000
Jordan is probably not the most popular basketball player in the world, but he is currently considered the richest. His career as a player started in 1984 and ended in 2003, but he did not exit the sport completely. He is currently the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and his net worth is estimated to be around $1.85 billion.