20 Richest Athletes in the World 2020

20 Richest Athletes in the World 2020

The Richest Athletes in the World


Who Are The Richest Athletes In The World? 

Athletes make a lot of money as we all know. 

The list of richest athletes in the world is made up of highly profitable individuals in NBA, NFL, Race driving, Soccer, Boxing, Golf and even Baseball.

They are very famous people and have acquired true success in their respective sports. 

This list was made up from various web pages described in the reference section at the end of the post. 

The likes of Vince McMahon and Michael Jordan lead the rich list. 

                Table of Contents                   
S/N     AthletesNet Worth 
20George Foreman $300 million
19Dwayne Johnson $320 million
18Alex Rodriguez $350million
17Phil Mickelson $375 million
16Shaquille O'Neal $400 million
15Vinnie Johnson $400 million
14Lionel Messi $400 million
13David Beckham $450 million
12Roger Federer $450 million
11Cristiano Ronaldo $460 million 
10Eddie Jordan $475 million 
09LeBron James $480 million 
08Floyd Mayweather $560 million 
07Roger Staubach $600 million 
06Magic Johnson $600 million 
05Michael Schumacher $800 million 
04Tiger Woods $800 million 
03Ion Tiriac $1.2 billion 
02Vince McMahon $1.8 billion 
01Michael Jordan $2.1 billion 


The 20 Richest Athletes in the World (2020)

20) George Foreman Net Worth - $300 million 

Richest Athletes - George Foreman

Big George as he is nicknamed is a former American boxer. 

He was active for long between 1969 till 1997 and was a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. 

After Foreman's loss to Muhammad Ali in 1974 he was unable to secure another title and retired in 1977. 

He made a comeback ten years later to regain a portion of the heavyweight championship, winning the unified WBA, IBF and lineal titles.

He retired fully in 1999 with boxing record of 76 wins and five losses. 

He was inducted into World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame and currently the oldest living world heavyweight boxing champion in history.

George Foreman's net worth is estimated at $300 million making him the 20th richest athlete in the world.

19) Dwayne Johnson Net Worth - $320 million 

Richest Athletes - Dwayne Johnson

This name is a big brand today conquering several fields. 

He became a professional wrestler after his long aspirations of being an American football player fell off. 

He was one of the biggest assets of WWE during the "Attitude Era". 

The Rock is considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and one of the richest wrestlers in the world

He is also a successful actor often ranking as one of the highest paid actors in the world. 

Dwayne Johnson's movies have grossed over $10.5 billion in Box Office worldwide making him one of the highest grossing actors of all-time. 

As of 2020, net worth of Dwayne Johnson is valued at $320 million. 

He has numerous endorsement deals as well with companies like Under Armour and Voss Water.

18) Alex Rodriguez Net Worth - $350 million 

Richest Athletes - Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is a former American baseball short stop and third baseman. 

During his career, he played a total 22 seasons with different teams of the Major League Baseball (MLB). 

He signed two of the most lucrative sports contracts in baseball. 

Rodriguez is regarded as the most significant and successful baseball player in history widely. 

His 10-year $252 million contract with Rangers was the richest in baseball at the time. 

A new contract he signed with Yankees after his contract opted out was a new 10-year $275 million which is the most lucrative in baseball. 

Alex Rodriguez's net worth is tagged at $350 million. 

After his retirement, he became a media personality for big sports shows in various sports networks. 

17) Phil Mickelson Net Worth - $375 million 

Richest Athletes - Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson takes the seventh position on the richest athletes in the world list as of 2020. 

The successful American golfer has won 44 events on the PGA Tour. The 60 years old golfer is one of 12 players three of the four majors in golf history. 

He has been on the official top 10 world Golf ranking list for over 700 weeks and it's top 50 for over 25 consecutive years. 

Mickelson in 2012 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. 

Phil Mickelson's net worth is estimated at $375 million. 

He was the second highest paid athlete in the United States in 2011 and in 2015 had an estimated annual income of $51 million by Forbes. 

Rolex, ExxonMobil, KPMG, Callaway Golf are among the companies that Mickelson currently endorses. 

16) Shaquille O'Neal Net worth - $400 million 

Richest Athletes - Shaquille O'Neal

The former American professional basketball player is sixteenth on the list. 

He is currently a sports analyst on the television program "Inside the NBA" on TNT network. Shaquille has an incredible height of 7ft 1in and was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever. 

Running over his long 19 years basketball career Shaquille O'Neal is widely considered one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history. 

Due to his ability to dunk the basketball and score from a close range, O'Neal was ranked as the third all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%).

Shaquille O'Neal's net worth is estimated at $400 million. 

He was elected into the Naismith memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 and FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017. 

He is also the general manager of Kings Guard Gaming of the NBA 2K league. 

15) Vinnie Johnson Net Worth - $400 million 

Richest Athletes - Vinnie Johnson

Another retired basketball player on the list of the richest athletes in the world. Vinnie is an American former professional basketball player. 

Nicknamed "The Microwave" in the NBA and being a key player for Detroit Pistons. 

His nickname was given to him by Danny Aigne for his ability to score many points in a short period of time. 

Johnson got another nickname "007" after he made a 14 foot shot with 0.7 seconds left on the clock to beat Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA finals and giving his team the championship. 

As of 2020, Vinnie Johnson's net worth is estimated at $400 million making him the 15th richest athlete in the world. 

14) Lionel Messi Net Worth - $400 million 

Richest Athletes - Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time and often seen as the best football player in the world alongside rival Cristiano Ronaldo. 

He plays for Barcelona FC of La Liga and the Argentina national team. 

Messi won his first Ballon d'or in 2009 and helped Barça to a treble that particular season. 

He is the highest receiver of the prestigious award for a record six times. 

For Argentina, Lionel has most caps and has the all-time goalscorer record with 70 goals. 

The footballer has over 700 senior career goals for both club and country. 

He earns a huge salary at Barcelona for around £500,000 per week salary. 

Lionel Messi's net worth is valued at $400 million. 

He was the highest paid athlete in the world as of 2019 by Forbes and has numerous sponsorship deals with Adidas being the most significant one and has a lifetime contract with the company. 

13) David Beckham Net Worth - $450 million 

Richest Athletes - David Beckham

The legendary David Beckham is on our list of richest athletes in the world. 

He is an English former professional footballer and the current president, co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. 

Beckham is the first English player to win league title in four consecutive English, Spain, the United States and France. 

He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint Germaine and the England national team. 

He had a very successful career of 20 years winning 19 Major trophies until retirement in May 2013. 

Beckham has made 115 career appearances for the national team of England. 

David was the runner-up for the 1999 Ballon d'or, twice runnerup for FIFA World Player of the Year. 

He was inducted into the English football Hall of Fame in 2008.

As of 2020, David Beckham's net worth is estimated at $450 million. 

He was named as the highest paid footballer in the world 2013.

12) Roger Federer Net Worth - $450 million

Richest Athletes - Roger Federer

Roger Federer has been a very prolific athlete since his winning of 2002 Hamburg Masters. 

He is the only player to amass 1,200 wins in the Open Era after Jimmy Connors and has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by a male player. 

He rose to World No 1 in 2004 for the first time after being victorious in the Australian Open. 

Federer is one of the eight men to have achieved a career Grand Slam and the only player to have won 100 or more career singles titles .

His effortlessness and efficient movement on the court have made him highly popular among tennis fans. 

Roger has reached a record 31 men's singles Grand Slam titles.

Roger Federer's net worth is estimated at $450 million. 

He was the first tennis player to go atop of the Forbes list of 'Highest paid athletes in the world'  as he was named in May 2020. 

He is also one of the richest tennis players in the world having lots of lucrative deals with Uniqlo, Rolex, Gillette, Mercedes and more. 

11) Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth - $460 million 

Richest Athletes - Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as the best football player in the world by many alongside Lionel Messi. 

The soccer star won his first Ballon d'or in 2008 and has received the award for additional four times.

He plays for the Italian giants ,Juventus and the Portuguese national team where he has most caps of 164 and most goals at 99. 

Cristiano was the first player to win the UEFA Champions League five times. 

Prior to his move to Juventus, he scored 451 goals for Real Madrid becoming the all-time goalscorer for the Spanish club. 

Ronaldo has over 700 senior career goals for club and country. 

Cristiano Ronaldo also has a vast portfolio of diverse business interests. His huge popularity and being the most followed user on Instagram and Facebook. 

He is in deal with hotel chain group Pestana and has a range of fashion products under the global CR7 brand. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's net worth is estimated at $460  million.

He is the richest football player in the world with lots of endorsement deals with the likes of Egyptian Steel, Tag Heuer, Electronic Arts, Herbalife and Nike being the most significant.

10) Eddie Jordan Net Worth - $475 million 

Richest Athletes - Eddie Jordan

The Irish former motor sports team boss, businessman and television personality is the 10th richest athlete in the world. 

Eddie Jordan is the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix. 

He won the Irish Kart championship in 1971 and moved to Formula Ford in 1974. 

Jordan was the chief analyst LG formula one coverage on the BBC from 2009 to 2015 and later joined Channel 4.

A host of drivers owe their breaks to Eddie Jordan. Drivers who have won Grands Prix who have driven for him are the likes of Michael Schumacher, John Watson, Ayton Senna, Johnny Herbert, Jean Alesi etc. 

As of 2020, the net worth of Eddie Jordan is estimated at $475 million. 

He has several companies still owned partly or or wholly by him including Vodka V10 and EJ-10 energy drinks. 

9) LeBron James Net Worth - $480 million 

Richest Athletes - LeBron James

Starting with great basketball displays in high school and going into NBA as the first overall pick for Cleveland in 2003, LeBron is widely considered as one of the greatest players of all time. 

He got his first NBA championship with Miami Heat after leading them to a back to back win of the championship. 

Jones currently plays for Los Angeles Lakers. His playing style has drawn comparisons with the likes of Micheal Jordan, Magic Johnson and more. 

He has had a lot of successful career in NBA and he is one of the richest basketball players in the world. 

LeBron owns a percentage in Blaze Pizza and his original investment of $1 million has turned into $35 million. 

LeBron James net worth is estimated at $480 million. His company, "Uninterrupted" received an investment of $15.8 million by Warner Bros Entertainment in 2015. 

LeBron has sponsorship deals with numerous brands as well as Nike he has a lifetime deal with. 


8) Floyd Mayweather Net Worth - $560 million 

Richest Athletes - Floyd Mayweather

Many see Floyd Mayweather as one of the most successful professional boxer in the world. 

He started his boxing career in 1996 winning his first professional bout the same year. 

Floyd Mayweather was named by Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) as the 'fighter of the decade' for the 2010s.

He is often referred to as the best defence boxer in history and being the most accurate puncher since the existence of CompuBox. 

Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all-time in any sports. 

Floyd went 50 fights undefeated during his career which is an incredible boxing record. 

He was the highest paid athlete in the world topping the Forbes list from 2012 to 2015.

As of 2020, Floyd Mayweather's net worth is estimated at $560 million. 

Throughout his career, Mayweather generated approximately 24 million PPV buys and $1.67 billion in revenue making him one of the richest boxers in the world

7) Roger Staubach Net Worth - $600 million 

Richest Athletes - Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach is an American former professional football player. He played as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL).

The Ohio born American football star played with Dallas through out this 11-year career and led them to the Super Bowl five times and other similar trophies. 

Roger was named the Pro Bowl six times during his 11 years career in NFL and currently the Executive chairman of Jones Lang La Salle.

Roger Staubach's net worth is estimated at $600 million making him one of the richest athletes in the world. 

6) Magic Johnson Net Worth - $600 million 

Richest Athletes - Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is an American retired Professional Basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. 

He has always announced retirement three times with the first being for contacting HIV and the last was his final and full retirement. 

Johnson was post guard for Lakers for 13 seasons achieving lots of feats during this successful stint. 

He led the league in regular season assists four times and he's the NBA's all time in average per game. 

He is a two time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and 2010.

Johnson has numerous business interests and was a part owner of the Lakers for several years. 

Magic is also a part of a group of investments that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 and the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014. 

As of 2020, Magic Johnson's net worth is estimated at $600 million. 

5) Michael Schumacher Net Worth - $800 million 

Richest Athletes - Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is the fifth richest athlete on the list. 

He is a retired German racing driver who is also regarded widely as one of the greatest Formula One drivers ever and by some as the greatest of all time. 

According to statistics, Schumacher is the only driver in history to win seven Formula One world championship and five out of the seven he won consecutively. 

In 2004, he won 12 out of 13 first races and went on to win a record 13 times as he won his final title. 

Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of the sport and holds records for many titles. 

He is also an ambassador for UNESCO and has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts throughout his life. 

As of 2020, Michael Schumacher' net worth is estimated at $800 million. 

4) Tiger Woods Net Worth - $800 million 

Richest Athletes - Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer. He widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the world. 

In 1997, Woods hit number one in the world rankings for the first time after turning professional just in 1996.

He was a dominating force in golf throughout the first decade of the 21st century winning lots of awards and breaking golf records. 

Woods have been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and this is the highest for any golfer in history. 

Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins. He has won 82 official PGA Tour events including 15 major titles. 

As of 2020, Tiger Woods net worth is estimated at $800 million. 

3) Ion Tiriac Net Worth - $1.2 billion 

Richest Athletes - Ion Tiriac

The current president of the Romanian Tennis Federation is the third richest athlete in the world. 

Ion Tiriac is a Romanian businessman and former professional tennis and ice hockey player. 

During his professional career,  Tiriac won one Grand Slam title which is the 1970 French Open in Men's doubles. 

He became an active tennis coach, advisor and player agent after his retirement. 

He is the owner of Mutua Madrid Open ATP Masters tennis tournament. 

Ion Tiriac's net worth is tagged at $1.2 billion. In 2019, he was ranked as the third businessman from Romania and was the first Romanian to enter Forbes list of billionaires. 

2) Vince McMahon Net Worth - $1.8 billion 

Richest Athletes - Vince McMahon

Another billionaire athlete on our list of richest athletes in the world. 

He is mostly recognized as the pioneer of the professional wrestling revolution in the United States of the 1980s and 1990s.

McMahon is the CEO of WWE and the founder and owner of Alpha Entertainment. 

He took over the control of the company in 1982 and he made the industry what it is today. 

He purchased World Championship Wrestlers (WCW) in 2001 and joined it with WWE, the same he did with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 2006.

 He ventured WWE into various services which are successful today. 

Vince McMahon's net worth is tagged at $1.8 billion making him the richest wrestler in the world .

1) Michael Jordan Net Worth - $2.4 billion 

Richest Athletes - Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is an American former professional basketball player. He played 15 seasons in the NBA and ranked as the greatest basketball player of all time. 

Jordan is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. 

He was nicknamed "Air Jordan" and "His Airness" due to his awesome leaping ability demonstrated by slam dunks. 

Micheal Jordan was inducted twice into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

He is also known for his product endorsements and fuelled the success of Nike's Air Jordan Sneakers. 

Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history in 2014. Michael Jordan's net worth is estimated at $2.1 billion. 

Summary 

The first and second position are held by Basketball legend Michael Jordan and WWE CEO Vince McMahon with net worths of $2.1 billion and $1.8 billion respectively. 

They are followed by other athletes that have earned and amassed lots of fortunes including the likes of Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather and Tiger Woods. 

The total net worth of these athletes equals huge amount of $13.32 billion. 

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