The 57 Richest Athletes In The World [ 2022 Update ]

2022 Update

Becoming a professional athlete is no undemanding feat. But those who manage to accomplish it enter a world full of luxury. Athletes earn the same, if not more than Hollywood A-listers and business tycoons in today’s world. 

Sports have progressed into being able to reward natural talent or years of effort to hone your skill — evident now from six athletes with billionaire status. 

Have you ever wondered how wealthy the top athletes of this world are? Well, this list shows the top richest athletes to date. Let’s see if your favorite athlete made the cut:

The Richest Athletes In The World

RankNameNet Worth
1Vince McMahon$2.5 billion
2Michael Jordan$1.7 billion
3Ion Țiriac$1.4 billion
4Anna Kasprzak$1.1 billion
5Tiger Woods$1 billion
6LeBron James$1 billion
7Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson$800 million
8Magic Johnson$620 million
9Kobe Bryant$600 million
10Lionel Messi$600 million
11Junior Bridgeman$600 million
12Michael Schumacher$600 million
13Eddie Jordan$600 million
14Roger Staubach$600 million
15Roger Federer$550 million
16Cristiano Ronaldo$500 million
17David Beckham$450 million
18Floyd Mayweather$450 million
19Shaquille O’Neal$400 million
20Greg Norman$400 million
21Vinnie Johnson$400 million
22Alex Rodriguez$350 million
23Jack Nicklaus$320 million
24Dale Earnhardt Jr.$300 million
25George Foreman$300 million
26Phil Mickelson$300 million
27Lewis Hamilton$285 million
28Grant Hill$250 million
29Tom Brady$250 million
30Serena Williams$250 million
31Gary Player$250 million
32Peyton Manning$250 million
33Richard Childress$250 million
34Kimi Räikkönen$250 million
35Wayne Gretzky$250 million
36Fernando Alonso$240 million
37Paul Caddick$225 million
38Manny Pacquiao$220 million
39Novak Djokovic$220 million
40Dave Whelan$210 million
41Connie Kalitta$210 million
42Hakeem Olajuwon$200 million
43David Robinson$200 million
44Derek Jeter$200 million
45John Madden$200 million
46Conor McGregor$200 million
47Luol Deng$200 million
48Ken Block$200 million
49Niki Lauda$200 million
50Oscar De La Hoya$200 million
51Steve Young$200 million
52Tony George$200 million
53Jeff Gordon$200 million
54Neymar Jr.$185 million
55Andre Agassi$175 million
56Wayne Rooney$170 million
57Sachin Tendulkar$150 million

57. Sachin Tendulkar

Net Worth: $150 million | Born: April 24, 1973 | Star: Taurus

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian former professional cricketer widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He holds the international record for most runs scored and is the only player with 100 career centuries.

His trophy closet is home to numerous national and international honors. In 2019, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Since retirement, he has served on the Cricket Advisory Committee, became a commentator, and coached the national team.

56. Wayne Rooney

Net Worth: $170 million | Born: October 24, 1985 | Star: Scorpio

Wayne Mark Rooney is a British professional soccer manager and retired player. He played for Everton, Manchester United, and D.C. United. Rooney’s skill was majorly recognized during his time at Manchester United. His countless awards and achievements for his team made him one of the most prominent English players in history. Since he retired in 2021, Rooney has been coaching Derby County in League One. In 2011, Rooney won Goal of the Season for his bicycle kick goal against Manchester City.

55. Andre Agassi

Net Worth: $175 million | Born: April 29, 1970 | Star: Taurus

Andre Kirk Agassi is an American former professional tennis player ranked No. 1 several times during his career. He is one of the only players to achieve a career Grand Slam and Golden Slam. He is also the only known player to achieve a career Super Slam. Unfortunately, the tennis protege had to retire due to multiple back problems related to the nervous system. Agassi founded Agassi Charitable Foundation, which focuses on supporting underserved children. It raised an impressive $60 million.

54. Neymar Jr.

Net Worth: $185 million | Born: February 5, 1992 | Star: Aquarius

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is a Brazilian professional soccer player known for his elegant footwork as one of the best players in the world. His decorated career holds numerous accolades, including the FIFA Puskás Award. Neymar has led Santos, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and the Brazilian national team to various championships. He has won multiple trebles and a quadruple. According to several sources, he is the 4th most famous athlete and the 3rd highest-paid sportsman in the world.

53. Jeff Gordon

Net Worth: $200 million | August 4, 1971 | Star: Leo

Jeffrey Michael Gordon is an American former professional NASCAR driver recognized as one of the best in the sport’s history. He has 93 career wins, the third-most on the Winston Cup wins list. Gordon’s talent has allowed him to acquire a record 81 pole positions across numerous championships. In Hendrick Motorsports, he was the substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR listed the Hall of Famer among the 50 Greatest Drivers list. He is currently a top executive at HMS and co-owns JG Motorsports.

52. Tony George

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: December 30, 1959 | Star: Capricorn

Anton Hulman “Tony” George is an American former professional racecar driver and former CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During his brief racing career, he finished in the top ten of a few major races. His success came from assuming the CEO position at IMS. His decision to bring F1, IROC and NASCAR to the speedway took a controversial turn. He stepped down as CEO and focused on his family’s business, Hulman & Company. He founded and managesIndy Racing League.

51. Steve Young

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: October 11, 1961 | Star: Libra

Jon Steven Young is an American former professional football quarterback. Young began his career in the USFL. When it fell apart, he was forced to move to the NFL, where he had a rough start. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. After becoming starter quarterback, Young led the 49ers to a Super Bowl victory. He retired with the highest passer rating in the NFL. As a businessman, he found huge success in his equity firm.

50. Oscar De La Hoya

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: February 4, 1973 | Star: Aquarius

Oscar De La Hoya is a former American professional boxer of Mexican descent with an impressive 39-6 record. Hoya was nicknamed “The Golden Boy” for being the only American boxer with a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. During his professional career, Hoya became a 6-time champion winning 11 world titles in six different weight categories. He is ranked the 29th best boxer of all time by BoxRec. He is currently a boxing promoter and investor.

49. Niki Lauda

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: February 22, 1949 | Star: Pisces

Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” Lauda was an accomplished Austrian Formula One racer and owner of three airlines. He was the only three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion for Ferrari and McLaren. During the 1976 German Grand Prix, he suffered a near-death crash, but that did not stop him from returning to racing. After Formula 1, Lauda worked as a consultant for several teams while managing his airlines. He was nicknamed “the Rat” because of his buck teeth. Lauda passed away in 2019.

48. Ken Block

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: November 21, 1967 | Star: Scorpio

Kenneth Paul Block is an American professional rally driver for the Hoonigan Racing Division. Before settling for racing, Block tried skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. He is a talented entrepreneur who co-founded DC Shoes and is co-owner of the auto apparel company, Hoonigan Industries. He frequented in the top 5 in championships and is famous for his gymkhana videos on YouTube. In 2021, he reportedly parted ways with Hoonigan and returned to Subaru. Audi plans to establish a partnership with Block.

47. Luol Deng

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: April 16, 1985 | Star: Aries

Luol Ajou Deng is a British former professional basketball player born in South Sudan. As a child, he fled to the United Kingdom with his family. The two-time NBA All-Star Defender was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2004 from Duke University. After a few rookie seasons, Deng played for Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers. In 2018, he spent his last season at Minnesota Timberwolves. Currently, Deng is coaching the South Sudan national basketball team.

46. Connor McGregor

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: July 14, 1988 | Star: Cancer

Conor Anthony McGregor is a world-famous Irish mixed martial artist. The ‘Notorious’ fighter is the first to hold both the UFC featherweight and lightweight championships. His wealth primarily comes from the revenue of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Khabib Nurmagomedov fights, making him the highest-paid athlete in 2018. McGregor also launched his whiskey brand, Proper No. Twelve. He is 12th in the UFC lightweight rankings and has a career record of 22-6.

45. John Madden

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: April 10, 1936 | Star: Aries

John Earl Madden was a legendary coach and commentator in the NFL. Unable to play football after his injury, Madden became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 1969. He carried the Raiders to numerous titles and led them to win the Super Bowl XI. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1979, he became a commentator with a career decorated with 16 Emmy Awards. The iconic Madden NFL videogame is named after him. He passed away in 2021.

44. Derek Jeter

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: June 26, 1974 | Star: Cancer

Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former baseball player revered as one of the best shortstops of all time. Jeter’s entire MLB career was spent at the New York Yankee. His career is decorated with countless accolades, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. Jeter led the Yankees to win the World Series five times, earning the nickname “Captain Clutch.” After retiring, he was the CEO and part owner of Miami Marlins from 2017 to 2022.

43. David Robinson

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: August 6, 1965 | Star: Leo

David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player who played for the San Antonio Spurs. The 10-time NBA All-Star is considered one of the greatest centers in basketball history. Besides receiving numerous titles in the NBA, Robinson is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner. He was elected a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was dubbed “The Admiral” due to his time in the Navy.

42. Hakeem Olajuwon

Net Worth: $200 million | Born: January 21, 1963 | Star: Aquarius

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon is an American former professional basketball player of Nigerian descent. Olajuwon was “the Dream” that led the Houston Rockets to exceptional heights. Being the first non-American All-Star and MVP is among his countless other achievements. His duo with Ralph Sampson was nicknamed “Twin Towers.” Olajuwon was elected into multiple Hall of Fames and is honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players of NBA History. He retired in 2002 following a back injury.

41. Connie Kalitta

Net Worth: $210 million | Born: February 24, 1938 | Star: Pisces

Conrad “Connie” Kalitta was formerly “The Bounty Hunter” in the drag racing world; winner of 10 National Hot Rod Association racing events, and the first driver to reach 200 mph and later 290 mph in an NHRA drag race. His partner was Shirley Muldowney, known as the “Bounty Huntress.” Kalitta left racing to focus on his airline company but returned in 1978, winning more races. Besides being in the Hall of Fame and winning a lifetime achievement award, a biography film was made on Kalitta.

40. Dave Whelan

Net Worth: $210 million | Born: November 24, 1936 | Star: Sagittarius

Dave Whelan is an English former soccer player and successful businessman. His brief soccer career started at Blackburn Rovers. He broke his leg at the 1960 FA Cup Finals and retired shortly after. Consequently, he began Whelan Discount Stores, which he sold for £1.5 million. He later secured the JJB fishing and sports brand and progressed it to UK’s second largest sports retailer. He bought Wigan Athletic Club, a division three team, and carried it to the Premier League.

39. Novak Djokovic

Net Worth: $220 million | Born: May 22, 1987 | Star: Gemini

Novak Djokovic is a Siberian professional tennis player with an unrivaled career. Although he is currently ranked 7th, he remained 1st for almost a decade and has finished year-end No. 1 seven times — a world record. He terminated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s decade-long dominion in men’s tennis and established his own by securing 88 titles. Djokovic continues to win all major tennis titles, such as the Grand Slam and Wimbledon. He is the undisputed best tennis player of all time.

38. Manny Pacquiao

Net Worth: $220 million | Born: December 17, 1978 | Star: Saggitarius

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao Sr. is a Filipino politician and a former professional boxer considered as the best fighter of his decade. He won 12 major titles and was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Besides breaking records in boxing, he had a brief basketball career. As a politician, he held a seat in the Congress of Philipines from 2010-2016 and served as a Senator of Philipines from 2016-2022. He ran for President in the 2022 Presidential Elections but lost.

37. Paul Caddick

Net Worth: $225 million | Born: July 1950  | Star: Cancer or Leo

Paul Caddick is a British businessman and retired professional rugby player. He has a degree in civil engineering and established Caddick Group PLC after retirement. The company is based in Yorkshire, dealing in construction and civil engineering. In 1996, Caddick bought Leeds CF&A and Headingley Stadium. While having a 76% stake in Leeds Rugby, Caddick is also the director of 119 companies.

36. Fernando Alonso

Net Worth: $240 million | Born: July 29, 1981 | Star: Leo

Fernando Alonso Diaz is a Spanish Formula One driver who has driven for Minardi, Ferrari, Renault, Toyota, McLaren, and currently Alpine. From being a go-kart driver, Alonso became the youngest pole-sitter, youngest race winner, and youngest world champion twice when he won the drivers’ championships in 2005 and 2006. He holds 32 Grand Prix and 22 pole positions. He earned his place in the FIA Hall of fame and countless other accolades. Alonso also has his own esports and junior racing team.

35. Wayne Gretzky

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: January 26, 1961 | Star: Aquarius

Wayne Douglas Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and considered the undisputed best player by the National Hockey League. He is nicknamed “The Great One” for his prowess. Wayne has the most goals and assists in history. He scored 200 points in a single season four times. Gretzky played for Indianapolis Racers, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers, with whom he broke 61 NHL records. He is the most prominent figure in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

34. Kimi Räikkönen

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: October 17, 1979 | Star: Libra

Kimi-Matias “The Iceman” Räikkönen is a Finnish former Formula One driver with a 20-year-long career. The ace of Finland drove for Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, and Alfa Romeo, culminating with 103 podium finishes.  After winning the World Drivers’ Championship and 21 Grand Prix, he left F1 and competed briefly in the World Rally Championship. He returned to F1 in 2012 after appearing in NASCAR. He officially retired in 2021 after his final race in Abu Dhabi.

33. Richard Childress

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: September 21, 1945 | Star: Virgo

Richard Childress is an American NASCAR manager and former driver. Although his driving career was nothing noteworthy, he developed his own Richard Childress Racing (RCR) team that became one of the best in NASCAR. Driver Ricky Rudd acquired the first win for the group. RCR progressed rapidly following Dale Earnhardt’s multiple championships, and the team performed exceptionally in the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. Following his NASCAR success, Childress established an RCR Museum and Childress Vineyards Winery. 

32. Peyton Manning

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: March 24, 1976| Star: Aries

Peyton Williams Manning is an American former NFL quarterback. Dubbed “The Sheriff,” Manning is considered one of the most iconic quarterbacks in history. After a successful college career, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. He carried the team to countless victories, including the Super Bowl XLI. Following a neck injury, he transferred to the Denver Broncos. Continuing to break more NFL records, Manning led the Broncos to win Super Bowl 50, becoming the only player with two Super Bowl victories with different franchises. 

31. Gary Player

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: November 1, 1935 | Star: Scorpio

Gary James Player is a South African retired world-class professional golfer. Player acquired 18 major championship victories in all tours. He was the first non-American golfer and third golfer in history to win all four majors, considered a career Grand Slam. He earned a place in the World Golf Hall of Fame through his 150 professional tournament wins across six continents. After retirement, he focused on golf course architecture, authored 36 golf books, and operated The Player Foundation. 

30. Serena Williams

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: September 26, 1981 | Star: Libra

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player widely recognized as one of the greatest players in tennis history. The 23-time Grand Slam winner was ranked No. 1 in singles for 319 weeks. Her consecutive Grand Slams were named “Serena Slam” for being an exclusive feat. She won an Olympic gold medal, becoming the first to accomplish a Career Golden Slam. She and her sister are unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the doubles. Williams is the highest-earning female athlete, according to Forbes.

29. Tom Brady

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: August 3, 1977 | Star: Leo

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. is an American professional football player who sits atop the NFL throne as the greatest of all time. His elongated 22-year career contains almost all NFL quarterback records, including wins, passes, and touchdowns. After leading the New England Patriots to 17 division, 13 AFC Championship, and 6 Super Bowl titles, Brady now plays for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom he led to another Super Bowl victory. The MVP has not lost a single Pro Bowl season in his career.

28. Grant Hill

Net Worth: $250 million | Born: October 5, 1972 | Star: Libra

Grant Henry Hill is an American former basketball player who now co-owns the Atlanta Hawks. He was one of the best college players while at Duke. His success continued after being drafted by Detroit Pistons; he later played for Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers. The seven-time NBA All-Star faced a severe ankle injury in 2000 which almost proved fatal for him in 2003 due to surgery. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 for his prosperous career. 

27. Lewis Hamilton

Net Worth: $285 million | Born: January 7, 1985 | Star: Capricorn

Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a British Formula One driver currently racing for Mercedes. Hamilton holds a joint record of seven World Drivers’ Championship titles. Besides being the only black driver in the competition, Hamilton also became the youngest driver World Champion in 2008 following a dramatic final lap. He is the record holder for most statistics and has been credited with popularizing Formula One celebrity status in various settings. Hamilton was knighted during the 2021 New Years Honours. 

26. Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $300 million | Born: June 16, 1970 | Star: Gemini

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer currently playing for the LIV tour. His PGA tour career consists of 45 wins which include six major titles. Mickelson has won every major except for the U.S. Open, finishing runner-up six times. Since leaving his PGA tour membership, he is the first golfer to have won 3 majors in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. He is nicknamed “Lefty” for his left-handed swing even though he is right-handed. 

25. George Foreman

Net Worth: $300 million | Born: January 10, 1949 | Star: Capricorn 

George Edward Foreman is an American former professional boxer, minister, and businessman. The two-time heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist was nicknamed “Big George.” He won the title first during 1973 but retired in 1977. After a hiatus and becoming a Christian minister, he returned to boxing in 1994. At 45, he won the heavyweight championship, becoming the oldest person to win that title. Foreman has been inducted into both boxing Halls of Fame.

24. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Net Worth: $300 million | Born: October 10, 1974| Star: Libra

Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American professional semi-retired NASCAR racer, team owner, and analyst on NBC. He is the son of the Hall of Fame racer Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died in a crash. The “Pied Piper” has two Daytona 500 wins and received the Most Popular Driver Award 15 consecutive times. He drove under No. 8 for his father’s team and later No. 88 at Hendrick Motorsports. In 2017, he retired from full-time racing with 26 wins in the Cup Series. 

23. Jack Nicklaus

Net Worth: $320 million | Born: January 21, 1940 | Star: Aquarius

Jack William Nicklaus, or the “The Golden Bear,” is an American retired professional golf player and current golf course architect. He is among the best golfers of all time, with 117 tournament wins and a record 18 major championships. At 26, he became the youngest player to have won all four golf majors. He is also the first golfer to complete 3 Grand Slams. After retirement, he established Nicklaus Design, the largest golf course design company in the world. 

22. Alex Rodriguez

Net Worth: $350 million | Born: July 27, 1975| Star: Leo

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez is an American former professional baseball shortstop, businessman, and philanthropist. Playing for Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees, “A-Rod” collected numerous accolades and led all his teams to countless titles. He is famous for having two of the most lucrative transfer deals in baseball and for using steroids in the Biogenesis scandal. The 14-time All-Star became a broadcaster and appeared on Shark Tank as one of the cast after retirement. 

21. Vinnie Johnson

Net Worth: $400 million | Born: September 1, 1956 | Star: Virgo

Vincent Johnson is an American former professional basketball player. Johnson was known for rapidly scoring points after coming off the bench. He was dubbed “the Microwave.” Following an excellent college basketball career at Baylor University, Johnson found more success after being drafted. He played for Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons, and San Antonio Spurs. When he retired, his jersey number was retired to honor his career. Much of his wealth comes from his automotive company, Piston Group. 

20. Greg Norman

Net Worth: $400 million | Born: February 10, 1955 | Star: Aquarius

Gregory John Norman is an Australian businessman and former professional golfer. Nicknamed “The Great White Shark” for his performance in the 1981 Masters, Norman has 88 tournament wins, including two majors. After retirement, he formed his lucrative global corporation, the Greg Norman Company. Its portfolio consists of golf course design, real estate, clothing, wine production, and philanthropy. Norman holds a charity golf event named QBE Shootout to raise money for children’s cancer research. 

19. Shaquille O’Neal

Net Worth: $400 million | Born: March 6, 1972 | Star: Pisces

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, famously known as Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player. He stands at a height of 2.16 meters. His ability to score in close range earned him countless accolades. The Hall of Famer played for six different teams. After basketball, he became a mainstream celebrity appearing in several TV shows. He had a brief rapping career and one of his albums, “Shaq,” went platinum. 

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18. Floyd Mayweather

Net Worth: $450 million | Born: February 24, 1977 | Star: Pisces 

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is an American former professional boxer. He is the wealthiest boxer and the 5th highest-earning athlete in the world. His mastery is evident through his exceptional boxing record of 50-0 and numerous titles and awards. Having earned $1.1 billion in his career, he leads an affluent lifestyle with enormous mansions, luxury cars, and private jets. Mayweather has had several legal troubles due to various felonies and multiple lawsuits.

17. David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 million | Born: May 2, 1975 | Star: Taurus

David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English former professional soccer player and current co-owner of Inter Miami CF and Salford City. The Hall of Famer began his career at 17 for Manchester United and is recognized among the most talented footballers in history known for ‘bending the ball.’ His other teams include Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, and Paris Saint-Germain. He also served as the captain of England’s national team. Beckham currently resides in his famous $37 million home in London. 

16. Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $500 million | Born: February 5, 1985 | Star: Aquarius

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese soccer player who currently plays as a forward for Manchester United. He reached the peak of his career at Real Madrid. Widely regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldo has amassed countless victories and trophies and is currently the highest goal scorer in football history. He is one of three sportsmen to make $1 billion from their career. Ronaldo has 5 Ballon d’Ors and is a great inspiration for the youth of the world.

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15. Roger Federer

Net Worth: $550 million | Born: August 8, 1981 | Star: Leo

Roger Federer is a legendary Swiss professional tennis player who has spent 310 weeks ranked No. 1. He has a decorated career with innumerable major wins, including 20 Grand Slam and a record 8 Wimbledon titles. Federer’s unstoppable streak was broken by a series of knee injuries. He is currently undergoing surgery and is unranked on most ATP charts. Federer’s numerous business endorsements have allowed him to establish the Roger Federer Foundation to help underprivileged children. 

14. Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 million | Born: February 5, 1942 | Star: Aquarius

Roger Thomas Staubach is an American former football player. Staubach started playing football in the U.S. Naval Academy and was exceptionally skilled. After winning several accolades, he was drafted into the NFL, beginning his career after serving four years in the Navy.

He won the Super Bowl twice for the Dallas Cowboys. After ten years, Staubach retired due to concern over getting 20 concussions as a quarterback. He established his real estate business under the Staubach Company, which he later sold for $613 million. 

13. Eddie Jordan

Net Worth: $600 million | Born: March 30, 1948 | Star: Aries

Edmund Patrick Jordan’s is a former Irish racer, businessman, and television personality. Jordan started as a kart racer and won the Irish Kart Championship. After racing in various Formula events, Jordan retired following a severe leg injury. He created his own Formula One team, Jordan Grand Prix. He became the chief F1 analyst on BBC for seven years. After selling his team, he joined Top Gear. Jordan has since indulged in countless business ventures in oil, sports, gaming, health, and charity. 

12. Michael Schumacher

Net Worth: $600 million | Born: January 3, 1969 | Star: Capricorn

Michael Schumacher is a German former Formula One driver. He is a legend and widely recognized as one of the best drivers in history. He has a joint record of seven World Drivers’ Championship titles. He held all F1 records during his retirement. He raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes. He was known for pushing his car to the limits and for controversial collisions. The expert driver suffered permanent brain damage in a ski accident and has been in rehabilitation since. 

11. Junior Bridgeman

Net Worth: $600 million | Born: September 17, 1953 | Star: Virgo

Ulysses Lee “Junior” Bridgeman is an American entrepreneur and former professional basketball player. He had a respectable career playing for Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. Realizing his career was average, he invested in a Wendy’s franchise.

After retirement, Bridgeman owned three franchises. By 2016, Bridgeman Foods Inc. expanded to become the second-largest Wendy’s franchise owner. He sold his fast food empire of various franchises in 2016. He is currently CEO of Coca-Cola Heartland and among the wealthiest athletes in the world.

10. Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $600 million | Born: June 24, 1987 | Star: Cancer

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine professional soccer player often recognized as the best footballer of all time. He is the record seven-time Ballon d’Or and six-time European Golden Boot winner. Before moving to Paris Saint-Germain, Messi spent his entire career at FC Barcelona until they couldn’t afford to keep him. M

Messi’s most significant endorsement is with Adidas under his own Adidas Messi boots sub-brand. His charitable organization, Leo Messi Foundation, works to provide better education and healthcare to disadvantaged children. 

9. Kobe Bryant

Net Worth: $600 million | Born: August 23, 1978 | Star: Virgo

Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. Reuters described him as “arguably the best player of his generation.” 5 NBA Championships, 18 All-Star titles, and multiple MVPs are just a few of his achievements from his 20-year career at the Los Angeles Lakers.

The majority of Bryant’s wealth came from his stakes in Coca-Cola and Body Armour. Bryant’s untimely death in a helicopter crash was a devastating shock to the whole world. In 2020, he was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. 

8. Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $620 million | Born:  August 14, 1959 | Star: Leo

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. His decorated career includescountless accolades and titles — making him the best point guard in history. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 13 seasons. 

After being diagnosed with HIV, Johnson was forced to retire. However, he returned twice and retired three times. Johnson has become an advocate for HIV prevention and helps to dispel the stigma around this controversial disease. His investment team owns Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Sparks.  

7. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Net Worth: $800 million | Born: May 2, 1972 | Star: Taurus

Dwayne Johnson, famously known as “The Rock,” is an American actor and former professional wrestler. Johnson’s 6 feet 5-inch frame and his bulging physique have made him an iconic role model in the fitness and bodybuilding communities.

While Johnson has made a ludicrous amount of money as a championship-winning wrestler and decorated actor, he is making millions from his business ventures. His premium tequila brand, “Teremana Tequila Blanco,” is valued at over 2 billion dollars, in which he has a 30% stake.

6. LeBron James

Net Worth: $1 billion | Born: December 30, 1984 | Star: Capricorn 

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player and entrepreneur who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He holds the title of “King James” due to his unmatchable skills and exceptional career achievements, making him one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

In 2022, he became the first player to amass 10,000 career points, rebounds, or assists in NBA history. James is the highest-paid NBA player and one of only two basketball players to accumulate a 10-figure net worth.

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5. Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $1 billion | Born: December 30, 1975 | Star: Capricorn

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer and one of the most popular athletes alive. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins and has an astonishing career consisting of numerous golfing records, achievements, and awards. Woods took multiple hiatuses in his career due to injuries and marital problems. In 2021, he was under surgery due to a severe car crash. Woods is the leading endorser of Nike Golf and owns multiple business ventures. 

4. Anna Kasprzak

Net Worth: $1.1 billion | Born: December 8, 1989 | Star: Saggitarius

Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider representing Denmark at two Summer Olympics. Kasprzak has won multiple bronze and silver medals in various European events, but that did not make her a billionaire. Her late grandfather, Karl Toosbuy, is the creator of the shoe company ECCO, which expanded into a multi-billion dollar corporation. Her mother inherited the majority of the company’s stakes. Anna Kasprzak’s inheritance has allowed her to become one of the youngest billionaires in the world. 

3. Ion Țiriac

Net Worth: $1.4 billion | Born: May 9, 1939 | Star: Taurus

Ion Țiriac is a Romanian businessman and former professional ice hockey and tennis player. His reputable tennis career consisted of one Grand Slam title and being in the top ten ATP singles players. After retirement, he began managing the careers of other players, primarily Boris Becker, who reached the No. 1 spot. He started his business empire with the first private-owned bank in Romania. Today, he has numerous companies like Tiriac Holdings and TiriacAIR. He is the only known billionaire in Romania. 

2. Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $1.7 billion | Born: February 17, 1963 | Star: Aquarius

Michael Jeffrey Jordan is a revolutionary American former professional basketball player. The NBA itself cites him as the greatest player of all time. His career consists of all major NBA titles and countless accolades, landing him in multiple Halls of Fame. Nike’s endorsement with Jordan is the most lucrative sports deal in history. After selling his stakes in Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan became one of the few athletes in the world to have a billion dollar net worth.

1. Vince McMahon

Net Worth: $2.5 billion | Born: August 24, 1945 | Star: Virgo

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is an American media tycoon and retired wrestler and promoter who was the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. The former WWF and ECW Champion progressed his father’s small-time association into the largest professional wrestling company.

While he mostly managed the company, he occasionally made appearances in the ring and was an integral part of the WWE lore. As of 2022, he has stepped down as CEO/Chairman and appointed his daughter and Nick Khan as Co-CEOs. He sits atop the throne of “the world’s richest athlete.”

Final Words

Sports have always been an integral part of growing up. It is mainly seen as playtime or a hobby. Sources state that only one in four adults are engaged in some sort of sports activity. The athletes on this list are an inspiration for all aspiring athletes of the world, acting as reassurance that dreams do come true. Fun fact; Football is the most famous sport in the world with nearly 4 billion fans.