December 2, 2019

These Are The Top 15 Richest Athletes in the World 2020

Sports is really an interesting and lucrative part of entertainment. So much fame and fortunes have been achieved in various sports such as soccer, tennis, wresting, basketball etc. I think this all comes down to how good and valuable you are in your own game.

Once you start becoming of great value, multiple streams of income are bound to you, not forgetting endorsements with big sports brands which have made many so rich today. The likes of Micheal Jordan made bigger fortune through his deal with Nike than his entire career.

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This post is on the 15 richest athletes in the world 2020. A lot of these names are known due to how good they have become and some are now considered as hall of famers.

Vince McMahon
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1) Vince McMahon
Sports - Wresting
Net Worth - $2.5 million

Vince McMahon is the richest athlete in the world 2020. According to cheatsheet, Vince McMahon net worth is estimated at $2.5 billion.

Vince McMahon is chairman and CEO of entertainment company World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which hauls in nearly $1 billion in annual revenue.

According to sportskeeda, McMahon has a big mansion located in Greenwich, Connecticut, Conyers farm. The location is just outskirt of the city and also has a lot of other celebrities and important citizens in its neighborhood. The home in 2006 was estimated to be worth around $40 million.

His car collections include the Bentley Continental worth $200,000 with $100,000 with car stereo system, $50,000 corvette, limousine etc.

Ion Tiriac
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2) Ion Tiriac
Sports - Tennis and Ice Hockey
Net Worth - $2 billion

Celebritynetworth tags Ion Tiriac net worth at a whooping $2 billion. The 80 years old billionaire is second richest athlete in the world.

According to Forbes, Ion Tiriac owns a minority stake in Romanian insurance company Allianz-Tiriac. The tycoon has also invested in real estate, auto dealerships and petroleum distribution.

He has taken particular pleasure and pride in making Madrid Tennis Open a combined men's and women's event with €7.2 million in total prize money. Wikipedia states In 2012 he was nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the contributor category.

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Micheal Jordan
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3) Michael Jordan
Sports - Basketball
Net Worth - $1.9 Billion

Michael Jordan makes the third spot on the list. According to businessinsider, his net worth is estimated at $1.9 billion. Michael Jordan is known as the greatest basketball player of all time. He's also the richest.

According to Forbes, Jordan still maintains deals with longtime partners Hanes, Gatorade and Upper Deck. He also has other business interests, including three restaurants and a car dealership.

His cumulative off-court income is roughly $1.7 billion since he entered the league in 1984, almost 20 times the $90 million in salary he made in 15 seasons with the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards, Wow!.

Hotcars gave us the 19 awesome cars in Micheal Jordan's garage, they include the Cadillac XCR, Aston Martin DB7 Volante, Mercedes Benz CL 65, Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Chevrolet C4 Corvette, Porsche 911, Ferrari 512 TR, Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren 722, Ford F-150 Raptor, Mclaren P1, Lamborghini Huracan etc.

Michael Schumacher
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4) Micheal Schumacher
Sports - Racing
Net Worth - $800 million

Wealthygorilla ranks the net worth of German race driver, Michael Schumacher at $800 million. This huge net worth makes him the richest racing driver in the world and among the richest athletes in the world.

He is considered to be the most successful driver in the history of the sport and he holds the records for the most World Championship titles.

According to essentiallysports, The 'Red Baron' has been endorsed by the likes of Shell, Marlboro and Vodafone, among others. He is also 5th in the Forbes list of highest paid athletes of all-time, with $1 billion. According to motorshow, Ferrari FXX, Fiat 500 Abaith, Fiat Croma etc are the cars owned by Michael Schumacher.

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Tiger Woods
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5) Tiger Woods
Sports - Gulf
Net Worth - $800 million

Tiger Woods net worth is estimated at $800 million according to Wealthygorilla. According to businessinsider, It's estimated that his Nike deal has been worth up to $20 million per year, likely varying based on performance. With so many eyes on Woods and his comeback, more lucrative deals may be heading his way.

He bought a 155-foot yacht named Privacy for $20 million in 2004. Woods also owns a Gulfstream G550 private jet, which is worth about $54 million.

Magic Johnson
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6) Magic Johnson
Sports - Basketball
Net Worth - $650 million

Magic Johnson net worth according to raphaelsadiq is estimated at $650 million. He also made the list of highest paid retired athletes 2019 having earned around $22 million. Magic Johnson is a five time NBA Champion.

He is a major investor in the MLB franchise Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA franchise Los Angeles Sparks. He was also a part owner of the Lakers for several years before he sold his stock says sportskeeda.

He has had partnerships previously with Starbucks, 24 Hour Fitness, T.G.I Fridays, AMC Theatres. He is known to have owned 105 Starbucks outlets and 4.5% stake in the Lakers, however he sold both of them for a reported $100 million.

Through architecturaldigest post, Magic Johnson has a Mansion in South California. The home features a 133 inch screen and 14 seat media room and lots of other comforts.

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Roger Staubach
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7) Roger Staubach
Sports - NFL
Net Worth - $600 million

Wealthygorilla tags Roger Staubach's net worth at $60 million. He is the richest NFL player in the world 2020. Staubach led his team to the Super Bowl five times. He also led the Cowboys to victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. Staubach was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI.

Based on Forbes publication, Roger Staubach partnered up with the Dallas cowboys for real estate. Seems that in 2020, the cowboys fans can live next door to their dream team's 91 acre world headquarters and practice facility in Frisco, Texas. It is a reported $62.5 million project.

Floyd Mayweather
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8) Floyd Mayweather
Sports - Boxing
Net Worth - $560 million

Cheatsheet pegs the boxers net worth at $560 million. Mayweather is the 8th richest athlete in the world. Mayweather is one of the most successful, highest-paid, and controversial athletes of all time.

According to independent, during Mayweather's fight with Pacquiao, three brands did decide to sponsor him. Burger King, Daily Fantasy Sports site FanDuel and Swiss watchmaker Hublot all dished a million dollars.

Forbes reported in June 2018, Mayweather tops Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the fourth time in seven years at $285 million, including $10 million from endorsements, appearances and memorabilia.

Fortune stated that Mayweather announced plans to open Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, a series of gymnasiums that utilize the champ’s routines for boxing-based fitness classes.

Mayweather has invested heavily in commercial real estate, opened a strip club in Las Vegas called Girl Collection, toyed with tech investing, founded his own promotions company, and launched The Money Team, which sells hats and apparel online (with hats selling for as much as $200).

According to legit, Mayweather owns a $35 million Worth Gulfstream private jet. The jet is said to be able to accommodate 12 people. He bought a luxury mansion in Beverly Hills, LA for a rumored $25.5 million and another $500,000 for the house furniture.

Floyd Mayweather cars include the Bentley Mulsanne, Buggati Veyron, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari Enzo, Mclaren 650S, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce Phantom, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet etc.

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Kobe Bryant
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9) Kobe Bryant
Sports - Basketball
Net Worth - $500 Million

Kobe Bryant is a very popular name in the game of basketball. Wealthygorilla ranks Kobe Bryant net worth at $500 million. Bryant is considered to be one of the best NBA players of all time, won multiple awards and trophies during his career.

According to cheatsheet, Bryant makes much of his money from product endorsements. Some of the brands he has endorsed include Nintendo, Turkish Airlines, and Sprite. One of Bryant’s biggest endorsements deals is with Nike. In 2013, he secured a deal paying $10 million a year.

Kobe Bryant's investment in BodyArmor has reportedly paid off big time. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Bryant's initial $6 million investment in BodyArmor, billed as a healthier alternative to Gatorade, is now worth $200 million after Coca-Cola purchased a majority stake in the company says businessinsider.

Eddie Jordan
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10) Eddie Jordan
Sports - Racing
Net Worth - $475 million

According to Wealthygorilla, Eddie Jordan net worth is valued at $475 million. Edmund Patrick Jordan, OBE, also known as EJ, is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman and television personality.

According to independent, Eddie Jordan set up a racing team in 1991, ultimately selling out for around 75m in 2005.

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David Beckham
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11) David Beckham
Sports - Soccer
Net Worth - $450 million

Guess who? The incredible David Beckham. Celebritynetworth tags the net worth of David Beckham at $450 million.

His most recent commercial endorsements include whisky brand Haig and luxury watch brand Tudor. David also acted as a brand ambassador for Sky television and Sainsbury's says hellomagazine.

David has been the face of dozens of advertising campaigns and sponsorships, promoting the likes of Adidas, Coty, Brylcreem, Armani, H&M, Sainsbury's, Samsung, Vodafone, Breitling, Pepsi, Calvin Klein and Gilette.

Forbes reported in May 2019 that former soccer star and Inter Miami owner David Beckham has purchased a one-third stake in his company for $50 million, placing a $150 million valuation on Beckham Holdings. The stake was said to be held by his long-term business partner, fuller who is also the creator of American Idol talent show.

According to celebritycarsblog, David Beckham's car collections include the Porsche Turbo, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, Chevrolet Camaro, Bentley Continental Supersports, Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade etc.

totalsportek on their post on 10 footballers who own expensive private jets listed David Beckham as the owner of The Bombardier Challenger 350 which is said to cost around $26.66 million in the market.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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12) Cristiano Ronaldo
Sports - Soccer
Net Worth - $450 million

Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for Juventus team in the Italian serie A. He is among the richest athletes in the world and Wealthygorilla pegs his net worth at $450 million.

Every year Cristiano Ronaldo earns earns a base salary of $64 million. Off the field he earns an additional $40 million from endorsements says Celebritynetworth.

According to money, Cristiano Ronaldo alongside Micheal Jordan and LeBron James has a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike worth around $1 billion. He has endorsement deals with Tag Heuer, Herbalife, EA Sports, KFC, American Tourister etc.

According to AS, the number of businesses Cristiano Ronaldo invests includes his recent conjunction with hair treatment clinic Insparya, His CR7 Hotels, CR7 perfumes and fragrances, Restaurants, Gymnasiums and other ventures.

Sportbible in July 2019 reported Cristiano Ronaldo buying the Mclaren Senna to his £16 million car collection. The car is said to have costed him $800,000 and was pictured driving the car in Lisbon.

According to financialexpress, other cars in Ronaldo's garage includes $1.7 million Buggati Veyron, $3 million Lamborghini, $220,000 Bentley GT Speed, $200,000 Aston Martin DB9, $150,000 Audi R8, $310,000 Ferrari GTB Fiorano, $300,000 Ferrari F430 etc.

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Roger Federer
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13) Roger Federer
Sports - Tennis
Net Worth - $450 million

thestreet ranks the net worth of Roger Federer at $450 million. The tennis star at one point earned a reported $70 million a year. Federer also earned a reported $71.5 million from 2016 to 2017, an impressive $65 million of which came from endorsements.

His partnerships with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Barilla, Wilson, Uniqlo and others netted him $86 million in the 12 months ending June 1, 2019, dwarfing his prize money earnings of $7.4 million over the same period says Statista.

He has won the men's singles tournament at Wimbledon alone eight times since 2003, as well as 20 Grand Slam singles titles all over the world.

LeBron James
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14) LeBron James
Sports - Basketball
Net Worth - $450 million

Forbes tags LeBron James net worth at $450 million. He is one of the richest basketball players in the world.

His endorsement partners include Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre, Blaze Pizza and 2K Sports. James and his partners have 14 Blaze franchises open in Chicago and seven more in South Florida says Forbes. He has a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Jordan.

LeBron James' career earnings are poised to eclipse the $1 billion mark after the four-time NBA most valuable player signed a four-year $154 million deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers according to investopedia.

Motorious gave the car collections of LeBron James which includes the 2018 Maybach S650 which costs close to $300,000, Ferrari F430 Spider, Ferrari 458 Spider, Rolls Royce Phantom, Maybach 57S, Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Ferrari 599, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, 1975 Chevrolet Impala Convertible etc.

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Lionel Messi
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15) Lionel Messi
Sports - Soccer
Net Worth - $400 million

Lionel Messi is the fifteenth richest athlete in the world though coming first as the highest paid athlete in the world 2019. He is considered the best player in the world by many and have got much rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo. Wealthygorilla tags his net worth at $400 million.

The FC Barcelona forward is the highest-paid soccer player, earning $111 million and taking home $84 million in salary and winnings, and another $27 million in endorsements. Messi has a lifetime deal with Adidas. Other deals include Gatorade, Pepsi, and Huawei says investopedia.

According to naijauto, Messi cars list includes Maserati Gran Turismo Stradale, Audi R8 Spyder, Maserati Gran Turismo S, Lexus RX 450h, Range Rover Vogue, Ferrari F430 Spider, Pagani Zonda Tricolic costing around $2 million etc. Lionel Messi according to businessinsider owns a $15 million private jet coming with a kitchen, Having 16 seats and having the names of his family members on the stairs.

Taking a recap of the whole list

  • Vince McMahon 
  • Ion Tiriac 
  • Michael Jordan 
  • Michael Schumacher 
  • Tiger Woods
  • Magic Johnson 
  • Roger Staubach 
  • Floyd Mayweather 
  • Kobe Bryant 
  • Eddie Jordan 
  • David Beckham 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 
  • Roger Federer 
  • LeBron James 
  • Lionel Messi 


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