The 30 Richest Athletes in the World

Who do you think are the richest athletes in the world?

Through their skills and hard work, they have managed to get at the top of the sport, and as a result, they are paid massive amounts of money to showcase their skills.

Over years and years of hard work, they rose to the top, and now they are living a lavish life.

Who are your favorite athletes? Do you think they will be on this list?

Well, you can guess any athlete and continue reading with the article and see if you find them.

The 30 Richest Athletes in the World

30. Tom Brady

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. is an American professional football player who has amassed a total net worth of $250 million.

He plays as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League(NFL).

Tom Brady
Tom Brady after a match

Before joining the Buccaneers, he used to play for the New England Patriots. He played with them for almost 2 decades (2001-2019).

Due to his unmatched skills and contribution to the team and the game, he is often considered the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

29. Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, who is widely popular by his nickname of “The Iceman,” is a Finnish racing driver with a net worth of $250 million.

He participates and races in Formula one races under Alfa Romeo Racing.

Raikkonen is a 2007 Formula One World Champion. During that competition, he was driving for Scuderia Ferrari.

Throughout his career, he has been outstanding and has over 103 podium finishes. He is one of the only five people in the world to do so.

28. Gary Player

Gary Player is a South African professional golfer with a total net worth of $250 million.

The golfer is considered one of the greatest golfers due to his achievements.

His most talked-about achievement is winning nine major championships on regular tours and nine more on the championship tours.

Throughout his career, he competed in 24 PGA tours and won in 22 of them. No wonder he is considered one of the best.

27. Grant Hill

Grant Henry Hill is an American retired professional basketball player with a total net worth of $250 million.

His net worth also comes from being the co-owner and executive of the NBA team Atlanta Hawks.

During his basketball days, he used to play on the small forward position, and throughout his career, he has played for 4 teams; Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Hill also works as the host for the NBA Inside Stuff on NBA TV.

26. Lewis Hamilton

Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a British racer who has a net worth of $285 million.

Hamilton currently races in Formula one, racing under the famous Mercedes team. Before joining Mercedes, he used to drive for McLaren.

Lewis is considered a legend in the racing world due to his extraordinary skills and records. He has won the World Drivers’ Championship titles seven times.

Besides that, Lewis Hamilton is also the record holder for the most wins in Formula one history and Podium finishes. He has won a total of 98 games and has 169 podium finishes.

25. Paul Caddick

Paul Caddick is a British rugby player with a net worth of $300 million.

Due to unexplained situations, he could not compete in rugby again, but despite that, he kept his involvement in the game in other ways.

Later around 1997, he, along with his friend Gary Hetherington purchased the Leeds Rhinos, a Rugby team.

With the team under his management, the team opened Leeds Rugby Limited.

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24. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American retired stock car racing driver with a total net worth of $300 million.

Besides being a Stock car racer, he is also known to be a Team owner, author, and professional analyst.

Earnhardt still competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series but not quite frequently. Instead, he drives a Chevrolet Camaro for his team JR Motorsports.

Dale is a two-time Busch Series Champion. He won the Busch Series consecutively in 1998 and 1999.

23. George Foreman

George Edward Foreman is a retired American Boxer known for being an entrepreneur, minister, and author. He has a net worth of $300 million.

He was a two-time lineal world heavyweight during his professional boxing career and managed to win a gold medal in the Olympics for America.

Throughout his career, he participated in 81 professional fights and won 76 of them. Out of his 76 wins, 68 were from knockouts.

As his boxing career ended, he retired as a legend, and then he pushed his career as an entrepreneur, and now he is the owner of the widely popular George Foreman Grill.

22. Alex Rodriguez

Alexander Enmanuel Rodriguez is a former baseball player with a total net worth of $350 million.

Rodriguez had a long career in baseball, and he participated in around 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

He played for Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and he ended his career in the New York Yankees.

21. Vinnie Johnson

Vincent Johnson is a retired basketball player who used to play for the Detroit Pistons. He has a total net worth of $400 million.

Vinnie played the sixth position for the team, and he was one of their key players during many NBA seasons.

He won the NBA championship twice consecutively with Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990.

20. Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, who is popular for his nickname “The Rock,” is an American actor, wrestler, and producer with a net worth of $400 million.

The Rock is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He competed in the WWF and WWE and was also known as the most electrifying man there.

Before all this, he also used to play American football, and in 1991, he won the national championship.

The Rock
The Rock exercising in a gym

After a successful career in wrestling, he moved on to making movies, and during his wrestling days, he also used to act in movies.

He has starred in famous movies like Fast and Furious, The Mummy, etc.

19. Jack Nicklaus

Jack William Nicklaus is a former professional golfer widely popular as “The Golden Bear.” He has a total net worth of $400 million.

Nicklaus is one of the best golfers ever to play the sport. He had an amazing career, and every time he played, he dominated.

Nicklaus won over 117 professional tournaments throughout his career and won 18 major championships, a record to date.

He has won the U.S Masters tournament six times and also won the U.S Opens four times.

18. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is a retired basketball player. He competed in the NBA. His net worth is $400 million as well.

After the end of his basketball career, he still stuck around the game and became a sports analyst inside the NBA.

He played in the center position, and due to his tall height and big body, he intimidated his opponents. He is one of the greatest centers of all time.

17. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer who goes by the name of “Lefty” on the pitch. He has a total net worth of $400 million.

Throughout his career, he won around 45 events on the PGA Tour. Out of those 45, 6 of them were major championships.

He also won the US masters thrice and was the US Opens champion for a year.

Mickelson is still competing, and despite being old, he recently won the 2021 PGA Championship.

With this win, he put the record of oldest golfer to win a major championship.

16. Greg Norman

Gregory John Norman is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur with a net worth of $400 million.

Greg was Number 1 for over 331 weeks on the Official World Golf Ranking during the peak of his career.

Over the course of his career, he won around 89 professional tournaments, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors.

Due to his influence on the game and celebrated career, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

15. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather, also known as the pretty boy or Money Mayweather, is a retired professional boxer with a total net worth of $450 million.

He is considered the greatest boxer to ever step in the ring due to his unmatched 50 wins and 0 defeats.

Over the course of his career, he won 15 world titles in boxing. Back in 2010, he was named as the greatest boxer of the decade.

Mayweather is an extremely proficient boxer who specializes in defensive boxing. Despite his long career, he has barely ever been hit with big punches.

Recently he had an exhibition with Youtube star Logan Paul. He made around $100 million from the event.

14. Roger Federer

Roger Federer is a professional tennis player. He has a net worth of $450 million.

Currently, Roger ranks at number 8 in the Association of Tennis Professionals.

In his career till now, he has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, and during the peak of his career, he was world No. 1 in the ATP rankings for a total of 310 weeks.

Federer has also won the ATP singles titles 103 times which is the second-highest in tennis history.

13. David Beckham

David Robert Joseph Beckham, one of the most popular footballers and athletes of all time.

He is a retired English football player with a total net worth of $450 million.

Beckham is a legend in the football world. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.

After ending his football career, he became the co-owner of Inter Miami CF and Salford City.

During his career, David played for  Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, A.C. Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team.

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12. LeBron James

LeBron Raymone James Sr is an American basketball player who competes in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has accumulated a total net worth of $500 million.

James is one of the best basketball players in the history of the NBA.

He plays in the small forward position.

James is a four-time NBA champion and four times NBA finals MVP.

11. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional footballer from Portugal who is arguably one of the best footballers ever to play.

He has a total net worth of $500 million.

Ronaldo is a forward player who currently plays in the Seria A for Juventus.

He formerly played for Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Sporting CP.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo practicing for a game

He is considered a legend in every club that he has played in, and he is also a legend for his Portuguese national team.

Cristiano currently holds the record for the highest number of goals by a player in football history. This record is just one among many.

10. Lionel Messi

And again, we have another one of the greatest footballers ever to play the game of football.

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentinian footballer with a total net worth of $600 million.

Messi is often compared with Cristiano for that title.

Lionel currently plays for FC Barcelona, which is a club in LaLiga.

Over the course of his career, the footballer has won six Ballon d’Or and won 34 trophies.

Messi has spent his entire professional career playing for FC Barcelona.

9. Roger Staubach

Roger Thomas Staubach is a retired American football player who is often known by his nickname “Captain America.” He has a net worth of $600 million.

Staubach used to play as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League.

Roger only competed in 11 seasons of the NFL, and all of the seasons he played were from Dallas Cowboys.

In 11 seasons, he led his team to the Super Bowl five times and won twice in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII.

8. Magic Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is a retired professional basketball player with a total net worth of $600 million.

After his basketball career, he also served as the president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he recently left the position.

Johnson played as the point guard. Over his career of 13 seasons, he earned the title of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

He is one of the greatest point guards of all time.

7. Junior Bridgeman

Ulysses Lee “Junior” Bridgeman is a former professional basketball player and an emerging businessman with a total net worth of $600 million.

Bridgeman competed in the NBA for 12 seasons, and he spent most of his career in Milwaukee Bucks.

Juinor is currently the owner of the famous African-American magazine called Ebony and Jet Magazine.

6. Eddie Jordan

Edmund Patrick Jordan, popular by his nickname EJ is an Irish businessman, Tv personality, and former racer.

He was the winner of the Irish Kart Championship in 1971, and after his win, he migrated to get some more exposure.

He started competing in Formula Ford after his successful career in Irish Kart.

Jordan is also known as the founder of the Jordan Grand Prix.

After the end of his racing career, he became the chief analyst for Formula One.

5. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer with a total net worth of $800 million.

He is one of the greatest sportsmen ever to be born on this planet.

Tiger Woods is the man who made golf mainstream and popular for people who did not even know about it.

Woods is known as one of the world’s best golfer ever to exist, and he is also one of the world’s most well-known athletes.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods playing golf

Tiger currently lives a luxurious life thanks to his hard work throughout his early career.  He was rated as the world’s no.1 golfer.

He is also the Hall of Famer in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

4. Anna Kasprzak

Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider with a staggering net worth of $1 billion.

She is known as one of the best dressage riders of all time, and she also represented Denmark in two Summer Olympics.

Further, she was a participant in Olympics 2012 and 2016.

Kasprzak then again represented Denmark in the 2014 World Equestrian Games and European Dressage Championships.

She has won countless medals throughout many tournaments.

3. Ion Tiriac

Coming at number three, we have Ion Tiriac, who is also known as the Brașov Bulldozer. He has a net worth of $1.2 Billion.

Ion is currently a successful businessman, but he used to be a professional tennis and ice hockey player.

He is also currently the president of the Romanian Tennis Federation.

Ion was placed at the top 10 players on the ATP Tour during the peak of his career. During that time, he also won the grand slam title.

Tiriac also competed in the Olympic games and represented Romania as a defenseman in the Romanian national team.

2. Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon is our number two richest athlete in the world. He has a total net worth of 1.6 million.

He is the majority shareholder of the WWE, and through the organization, he makes tons and tons of wealth every year.

Asides from being a professional wrestler, he is also a wrestling promoter, commentator, and film producer.

McMahon is also the founder and owner of Alpha Entertainment.

1. Michael Jordan

Finally, at number one, we have Michael Jordan with a total net worth of $2.2 Billion. He is the richest athlete in the world right now.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan is an American retired basketball player who used to play in the NBA for Chicago Bulls.

Together with the Bulls, he won six NBA championships in his career.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan poses for a photo.

He is currently a successful businessman. Michael is the chairman and principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets, a team in the NBA.

Jordan also owns the 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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