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The 20 Richest Athletes in the World




Are you on the lookout for the richest athletes in the world?

Athletes are trained sportsmen in a particular game or exercise.

These activities usually require strength and stamina in the process.

To succeed and be on top of the game at the international level, requires a whole lot of sacrifice, commitment and determination.

In this post, we are about to look at the 20 richest athletes in the world who are paid the highest and have left a mark on their game.

Without much ado, listed below are the wealthiest sportsmen in the world:

1. Vince McMahon

Net Worth: $2.2 Billion

The crown of the richest athlete in the world goes to Vince McMahon – an American retired professional wrestler.

The WWE superstar is the CEO and host of WWE sports entertainment.

It may be argued that most of his wealth comes from the WWE company but this fact doesn’t take away his athleticism and success in the game.

His current net worth is around $2.2 Billion.

2. Ion Tiriac

Net Worth: $2 Billion

Up next on the list, Ion Tiriac is a Romanian retired skilled ice hockey and tennis athlete.

The dual professional sports-man owns Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament.

He fancies cars a lot and has had experience with a good number of popular brands like Ferrari, Mercedes, Jaguars, and Porsches.

3. Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $1.9 Billion

Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players in the world.

The American (now retired) played for Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls in a fruitful 15 years of professional experience.

This man whose net worth is around $1.9 Billion believes that trial is the key to combat failure.

4. Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $800 Million

Tiger Woods is arguably the leading golfer in the world.

The American professional golfer has a current estimated net worth of around $800 Million.

Favourite Quote

“I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love.”

5. Michael Schumacher

Net Worth: $600 Million

Coming in 5th on the list of richest athletes, Michael Schumacher is the most popular and notorious car racer in the world.

The former professional German F1 racer has created history in the game by claiming seven F1 world championships (5 in a row) – more than any other racer in the game.

6. Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $600 Million

Magic Johnson is one of the standout athletes in the game of basketball.

He spent a total of 13 seasons in NBA and is one of basketball’s hall of fame.

He is the 6th richest athlete in the world as well as the second wealthiest basketball player.

7. Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 Million

Roger Staubach is one of the iconic NFL athletes of all time.

The retired professional football quarterback has an estimated net worth of
$600 Million.

Favourite Quote

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.”

8. Floyd Mayweather

Net Worth: $565 Million

Floyd Mayweather is a world renounced kickboxer and is known for his stamina and strength.

The retired boxing star has broken a record in the game by going of 50-0, undefeated.

He is the owner of Mayweather Promotions and has a net worth of $565 Million.

9. Kobe Bryant

Net Worth: $500 Million

Kobe Bryant is the third richest basketball in the world.

The retired American professional NBA star spent a total of 20 seasons – all with one team.

Favourite Quote

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”

10. LeBron James

Net Worth: $480 Million

Claiming the 10th spot on the list, LeBron James is an American basketball sportsman.

The professional NBA star plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and is one of the iconic players in the game of basketball.

He has an estimated net worth of $480 Million.

11. Eddie Jordan

Net Worth: $475 Million

Eddie Jordan is an Irish retired car racer – who is also into business, music and tv broadcast.

The rich famous athlete has an estimated net worth of around $475 million.

Favourite Quite

“We’re going through some hard times. Let’s see how tough and resilient we are.”

12. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $460 Million

Nicknamed GOAT(Greatest Of All Times)
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the best football player in history.

Known for his hard work, the Portuguese professional footballer player is a legend for the Real Madrid football club.

This is where he clinched several trophies – including 4 champions league, before heading to Juventus.

He has a net worth of around $460 Million and is always compared to Lionel Messi, an Argentine soccer player.

13. David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

Rightly claiming a slot to be among the richest athletes in the world is the world renounced David Beckham.

The retired soccer player is one of the best players to have played for Manchester United and the English national team.

The popular spots-man has an estimated net worth of $450 Million.

Favourite Quote

“The spotlight will always be on me, but it’s something I’m learning to live with as the years go by.”

14. Roger Federer

Net Worth: $450 Million

In the game of tennis, Roger Federer is an iconic star.

He won a total of 19 grand slams and maintained the top spot for the best in the game for six successive years.

To show for his hard work, the Swiss tennis player has garnered an estimated net worth of around $450 Million.

15. Bud Selig

Net Worth: $400 Million

Bud Selig is the 15th richest athlete in the world.

He is the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and also owns the team – Milwaukee Brewers.

Favourite Quote

“The one thing we know today is we can’t continue to do business the way we have in the past.”

16. Michael Buffer

Net Worth: $400 Million

Michael Buffer is one of the highest-earning athletes in the world.

Strange from the others on the list, Buffer is an American ring announcer for professional wrestling and boxing games.

To show for his endeavours, he has accumulated an impressive net worth of $400 Million.

17. Shaquille O’Neal

Net Worth: $400 Million

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the best athletes in the game of basketball.

The American retired professional NBA star has a net worth of $400 Million and is currently an analyst for NBA.

Favourite Quote

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

18. Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $400 Million

Regarded as the leading football player of all times, Lionel Messi is one of the popular soccer stars in history.

The Argentine professional footballer is a Barcelona FC legend and has accumulated a total of $400 million to show for his passion and commitment to the game.

Favorite Quote

“You can overcome anything, if and only if you love something enough.” – Lionel Messi

19. Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Breaking in among the ricgolfersthletes in the world, Phil Mickelson is one of the best golfers.

The professional golfer player has won a total of 42 events on the PGA Tour.

Favourite Quote

“I have come to understand and appreciate writers much more recently since I started working on a book last fall. Before that, I thought golf writers got up every morning, played a round of golf, had lunch, showed up for our last three holes and then went to dinner.”

20. Vinnie Johnson

<Net Worth: $400 Million

Rounding off the list of the richest athletes in the world is Vinnie Johnson.

The former professional NBA star played for Detroit Pistons and is one of the iconic stars in the game of basketball.

His net worth is estimated to be around $400 Million.


Listed below is a quick summary of the 20 richest athletes in the world:

  1. Vince McMahon
  2. Ion Tiriac
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. Tiger Woods
  5. Michael Schumacher
  6. Magic Johnson
  7. Roger Staubach
  8. Floyd Mayweather
  9. Kobe Bryant
  10. LeBron James
  11. Eddie Jordan
  12. Cristiano Ronaldo
  13. David Beckham
  14. Roger Federer
  15. Bud Selig
  16. Michael Buffer
  17. Shaquille O’Neal
  18. Lionel Messi
  19. Phil Mickelson
  20. Vinnie Johnson

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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