Who are the richest athletes in the world?
You’ve probably found yourself wondering just how much all your favorite athletes are worth, and who comes out on top.
Which is why we’ve put together a list of the 20 richest athletes in the world, with their net worth estimates, and how they’ve managed to rake in so much cash!
Top 20 Richest Athletes in the World
1. Michael Jordan
Net Worth: $1.31 Billion
Michael Jordan is an American retired professional basketball player. Jordan played a total of 15 seasons in the NBA, with his career split between two teams. Those teams were the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
Jordan has been acclaimed to be the best basketball player of all time, and since retiring has now become the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $1.31 billion in 2018, making him the richest athlete in the world.
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
2. Ion Tiriac
Net Worth: $1.28 Billion
Ion Tiriac is a Romanian former professional tennis and ice hockey player.
That’s right, two sports. After retiring from playing sports professionally, Tiriac is now the owner of the Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament. He also manages Lucas Pouille, a French professional tennis player.
Ion Tiriac is on of the richest athletes in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.28 billion.
“I have every single Ferrari that came out. I have all the Mercedes they came out with, all the Jaguars they came out with, all the Porsches they came out with.” – Ion Tiriac
3. Vince McMahon
Net Worth: $1.22 Billion
Vince McMahon is an American former professional wrestler. He is currently the majority owner, chairman and CEO of WWE. McMahon took control of the company from his father in the 1980’s.
Vince’s net worth is an incredible $1.22 billion, and although the majority of that net worth came from his success with the WWE company, that doesn’t take away from his professional wrestling success.
“I’m not afraid of failing. I don’t like to fail. I hate to fail. But I’m not afraid of it.” – Vince McMahon
4. Michael Schumacher
Net Worth: $780 Million
Michael Schumacher is a German former race car driver in the Formula One. If you can only name one Formula One driver, it’s probably Schumacher.
He is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He is also the only driver in history to win seven Formula One World Championships, five of which he won consecutively.
Michael Schumacher’s net worth is $780 million, making him the 4th richest athlete in the world.
“When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back.” – Michael Schumacher
5. Tiger Woods
Net Worth: $740 Million
Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer, and one of the most popular and notorious golfers of all time.
He is also one of the highest paid athletes in the world on a yearly basis, which probably explains how he was able to make it onto this list of the richest worldwide.
Tiger Wood’s net worth is estimated to be $740 million.
“I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love.” – Tiger Woods
6. Magic Johnson
Net Worth: $600 Million
Magic Johnson is an American former professional basketball player. Johnson played in the NBA for the LA Lakers for 13 seasons. He won numerous awards as a player, which put him into the NBA hall of fame.
Right now, Magic is president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $600 million, making him the 2nd richest basketball player in the world.
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” – Magic Johnson
7. Roger Staubach
Net Worth: $600 Million
Roger Staubach is a former American football quarterback in the NFL.
Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and played for them for all 11 seasons of his career. He was with the team for five Super Bowls, four of them as the starting quarterback.
Roger Staubach’s net worth is estimated at $600 million.
“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.” – Roger Staubach
8. Floyd Mayweather
Net Worth: $560 Million
Floyd Mayweather is a former professional boxer with an unbelievable record of 50-0, undefeated. He is also the founder of Mayweather Promotions, a fight promotion company.
Mayweather recently added a significant amount of money to his total net worth after winning the hyped up fight against Conor McGregor in August 2017.
Floyd’s net worth is now estimated to be $560 million.
“You hear certain things, negative things, all the time that aren’t true, but you never hear about the positive.” – Floyd Mayweather
9. Eddie Jordan
Net Worth: $475 Million
Eddie Jordan is an Irish former race car driver, Motorsport team boss, businessman, musician and television personality.
He won the Irish Kart Championship in 1971 and moved to Formula Ford in 1974. He also founded Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005.
Eddie Jordan’s net worth is currently $475 million.
“We’re going through some hard times. Let’s see how tough and resilient we are.” – Eddie Jordan
10. David Beckham
Net Worth: $450 Million
David Beckham is an English former professional footballer. He played the majority of his career for English team Manchester United, and of course the England National team.
Some of the other clubs Beckham played for during his career were Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, and Paris Saint-Germain. He quickly became a very popular and famous footballer, and a movie was even produced around his signature kick, titled “Bend It Like Beckham”.
David Beckham’s net worth is $450 million.
“The spotlight will always be on me, but it’s something I’m learning to live with as the years go by.” – David Beckham