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The 30 Richest Athletes in the World

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.

This is why we’ve put together a list of the 30 richest athletes in the world, with their net worth estimates, and how they’ve managed to rake in so much cash!

 

The 30 Richest Athletes in the World

These figures have been compiled from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth. These are the richest athletes worldwide as of 2021:

 

30. Kimi Raikkonen

Net Worth: $250 Million

Kimi Raikkonen is a Finnish racing driver who has earned over $50 million per year and was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.

He has earned his nickname “Iceman” for many different reasons, he is cool under pressure and he is also known for his icy persona. 

As of 2021, Kimi Raikkonen’s net worth is roughly $250 million. 

“Be yourself. If you try to be someone else, it won’t work. Whatever you do, you are not going to make everyone happy.” – Kimi Raikkonen

 

29. Grant Hill

Richest Athletes - Grant Hill

Net Worth: $250 Million

Grant Hill is a retired American basketball player who has played a total of 18 seasons and he is one of the highest-paid basketball players of all time. During his NBA career, he earned $140 million in salary alone and roughly $120 million from endorsements. 

As of 2021, Grant Hill’s net worth is estimated to be $250 million. 

“Regardless of the obstacles or hurdles that are ahead of you, regardless of the opponent, regardless of the odds, your goal and objective always is to win. I think that’s part of sports.” – Grant Hill

 

28. Gary Player

Richest Athletes - Gary Player

Net Worth: $250 Million

Gary Player is a professional golfer who is one of the most respected and revered of all PGA golfers. Player has millions of fans all over the world. He has earned all of these fans due to his skill at the game.

As of 2021, Gary Player’s net worth is roughly $250 million. 

“Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.” – Gary Player

 

27. Fernando Alonso

Richest Athletes - Fernando Alonso

Net Worth: $260 Million

Fernando Alonso is a Spanish racing driver currently competing for Alpine in Formula One. He has won the series’ World Drivers’ Championship twice and has driven for four teams: Renault, McLaren, Ferrari, and Minardi.

As of 2021, Fernando Alonso’s net worth is estimated to be $260 million.

 

26. Lewis Hamilton

Richest Athletes - Lewis Hamilton

Net Worth: $285 Million

Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver who is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Lewis is one of the highest-paid F1 drivers in the world and in one year he makes around $50 million.

As of 2021, Lewis Hamilton’s net worth is estimated to be $285 million. 

“As a driver, you’ve always got to believe in your heart that you’ve got what it takes to win it. You’ve always got to believe in yourself. You’ve always got to arrive on the day and believe it can happen.” – Lewis Hamilton

 

25. George Foreman

Richest Athletes - George Foreman

Net Worth: $300 Million

George Foreman is a former American boxer and entrepreneur who has earned his fortune by his career as a successful boxer. Foreman became a professional in 1969 and has since then stacked up 76 wins out of 81 fights.

Today, he is a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and a multimillionaire entrepreneur. 

As of 2021, George Foreman’s net worth is estimated to be $300 million. 

“It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.” – George Foreman 

 

24. Dale Earnhardt Jr

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a semi-retired American NASCAR driver who is a NASCAR team owner, author, and analyst for NBC’s NASCAR coverage. Racing has been around in his family for three generations and he is the son of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. 

As of 2021, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s net worth is roughly $300 million. 

“I think that any time you share a secret, you’re a little nervous about people’s reaction to it.” – Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

23. Alex Rodriguez

Richest Athletes - Alex Rodriguez

Net Worth: $350 Million

Alex Rodriguez is an American former professional baseball player who played for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He is best known for his time with the New York Yankees. During his career as a professional baseball player, he earned around $475 million in salary, bonuses, and endorsements.

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As of 2021, Alex Rodriguez’s net worth is estimated to be $350 million. 

“It’s a game that just takes so much out of you. Every aspect of your life has to be very narrow, very focused. Everything else has to go away. And because of that, I think it’s obviously not healthy. The last thing I’m looking for is sympathy.” – Alex Rodriguez

 

22. Vinnie Johnson

Richest Athletes - Vinnie Johnson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Vinnie Johnson is a retired professional basketball player, who used to play for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. Johnson won two championships during his time playing for the Pistons, and the team has now retired his #15 jersey.

As of 2021, Vinnie Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $400 million.

 

21. Dwayne Johnson

Richest Athletes - Dwayne Johnson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” is an American former professional wrestler and actor who was a great athlete in high school. In 1991, Johnson was a member of the Hurricane team and won the national championship. Today, he is a well-established actor and he is known for having an amazing body. 

As of 2021, Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million. 

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

 

20. Shaquille O’Neal

Richest Athletes - Shaquille O'Neal

 

Net Worth: $400 Million

Shaquille O’Neal is an American retired professional basketball player. He played in the NBA for 19 seasons and is currently a sports analyst for the NBA.

Shaq is notorious for being one of the biggest players of all time to play in the NBA. Whilst active, he was listed as 7ft 1 inch, and 325 pounds.

Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is $400 million.

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille O’Neal

 

19. Phil Mickelson

Richest Athletes - Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer.

He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

Phil Mickelson’s net worth is estimated at $400 million, making him one of the richest athletes in the world.

“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.” – Phil Mickelson

 

18. Jack Nicklaus

Richest Athletes - Jack Nicklaus

Net Worth: $400 Million

Jack Nicklaus is a former American professional golfer who has the nickname “The Golden Bear”. With 18 major championships, he has won more major titles than any other golfer. Nicklaus is ranked third in terms of total PGA Tour victories. 

As of 2021, Jack Nicklaus’ net worth is roughly $400 million. 

“We don’t have to do a bunch of things to figure out how to win the Ryder Cup. Just go play golf. … I’m a little bit too casual probably about a lot of things, but you can’t force good play. The good play comes from good hard work and actually being prepared to play, not being forced to play.” – Jack Nicklaus

 

17. Greg Norman

Net Worth: $400 Million

Greg Norman is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur who has earned the rank of number one golfer in the world. He has 90 tournament wins to his name and he is considered to be a sporting legend by the golfing industry. Norman is also known for his charity work. 

As of 2021, Greg Norman’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million. 

“I wouldn’t call it bitter. I think it’s just sweet. I’ve always believed my life seems like it’s gotten better and better as each decade has gone by. So I don’t see any bitterness about it.” – Greg Norman

 

16. Roger Federer

Richest Athletes - Roger Federer

 

Net Worth: $450 Million

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, currently ranked 3rd in the world in men’s singles tennis.

Federer is now edging closer towards the end of his career, however, he was ranked number #1 for 6 years consecutively, and has won 19 grand slams throughout his career.

Roger Federer’s net worth is $450 million.

“Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn’t get more consistent than this year.” – Roger Federer

 

15. Floyd Mayweather

Richest Athletes - Floyd Mayweather

 

Net Worth: $450 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.

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Floyd’s net worth is now estimated to be $450 million.

Richest Athletes Quotes - Floyd Mayweather

“You hear certain things, negative things, all the time that aren’t true, but you never hear about the positive.” – Floyd Mayweather

 

14. David Beckham

Richest Athletes - David Beckham

 

Net Worth: $450 Million

David Beckham is an English former professional footballer. He played the majority of his career for the 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

 

13. LeBron James

Richest Athletes - Lebron James

 

Net Worth: $500 Million

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The majority of the athletes on this list are former athletes, however, LeBron remains in the game.

LeBron is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his net worth definitely reflects this statement.

Richest Athletes Quotes - LeBron James

“There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.” – LeBron James

 

12. Cristiano Ronaldo

Richest Athletes - Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Net Worth: $500 Million

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer, currently playing for Real Madrid FC, and the Portuguese National team.

Ronaldo has been regarded as the best footballer in the world, and constantly fights with Lionel Messi for this title. In fact, for the last several years, these two players are the only two to receive the “Player of the Year” award.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is $500 million.

Richest Athletes Quotes - Cristiano Ronaldo

“Many people look at me and think they know me but they don’t at all. This is the real me. I am a humble person, a feeling person. A person who cares about others, who wants to help others.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

 

11. Roger Staubach

Richest Athletes 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

 

10. Michael Schumacher

Richest Athletes - Michael Schumacher

 

Net Worth: $600 Million

Michael Schumacher is a German former race car driver in 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 $600 million, making him the 5th 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

 

9. Magic Johnson

Richest Athletes - 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

 

8. Lionel Messi

Richest Athletes - Lionel Messi

 

Net Worth: $600 Million

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer and is considered one of the best footballers in the modern game. He currently plays for Barcelona FC and the Argentina national team.

Messi has been a notorious player in the game for many years now and has been named ‘Player of the Year’ on multiple occasions.

Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be $600 million, making him the 3rd richest soccer player in the world, and 18th on the list of richest athletes.

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

 

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7. Junior Bridgeman

Net Worth: $600 Million

Junior Bridgeman is an American former professional basketball player and entrepreneur. Bridgeman played 12 years for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. He then went on to invest in fast food franchises and today he is one of the richest athletes in history. 

As of 2021, Junior Bridgeman’s net worth is roughly $600 million. 

”So since I was looking to invest in something, I figured food would be the safest investment.” – Junior Bridgeman 

 

6. Eddie Jordan

Richest Athletes - Eddie Jordan

 

Net Worth: $600 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 $600 million.

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

 

5. Tiger Woods

Richest Athletes - Shaquille O'Neal

 

Net Worth: $800 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 $800 million.

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

 

4. Anna Kasprzak

Net Worth: $1 Billion

Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider who has represented Denmark in the Summer Olympics in 2012 and 2016. Kasprzak is considered to be one of the best dressage riders in the world and she has won multiple medals throughout her career. 

As of 2021, Anna Kasprzak’s net worth is estimated to be $1 billion. 

“What was important for me was that the music will fit and I really think it went well.” – Anna Kasprzak 

 

3. Ion Tiriac

Richest Athletes - Ion Tiriac

Net Worth: $1.2 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 one of the richest athletes in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.2 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

 

2. Vince McMahon

Richest Athletes - Vince McMahon

Net Worth: $1.6 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 1980s.

Vince’s net worth is an incredible $1.6 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

 

1. Michael Jordan

Richest Athletes - Michael Jordan

 

Net Worth: $2.2 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 $2.2 billion in 2021, 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

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap of the top 30 richest athletes in the world in 2021:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Vince McMahon
  3. Ion Tiriac
  4. Anna Kasprzak
  5. Tiger Woods
  6. Eddie Jordan
  7. Junior Bridgeman
  8. Lionel Messi
  9. Magic Johnson
  10. Michael Schumacher
  11. Roger Staubach
  12. Cristiano Ronaldo
  13. LeBron James
  14. David Beckham
  15. Floyd Mayweather
  16. Roger Federer
  17. Greg Norman
  18. Jack Nicklaus
  19. Phil Mickelson
  20. Shaquille O’Neal
  21. Dwayne Johnson
  22. Vinnie Johnson
  23. Alex Rodriguez
  24. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  25. George Foreman
  26. Lewis Hamilton
  27. Fernando Alonso
  28. Gary Player
  29. Grant Hill
  30. Kimi Raikkonen

How many of these athletes did you think would appear on the list of the top 20 richest athletes in the world? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Dharma Life

    Dec 29, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Vince McMahon, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham is one my favorite.

  2. Michele zanotto

    Jan 29, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I just want to leave a comment for Ronaldo. I think you are an amazing person as much as you are a player. I look up to you so much in what you do and for people. I wish I could be like you in many ways as possible in helping the beautiful game and the people you help. I work hard like you but I’m trying to give back but I carnt. Working to jobs to support my family is so hard . I show my little boy you playing football and say to him ” this is a man that is amazing in what he does and works harder than ever to get there” he’s only 2 but loves you.. thank you

  3. Edah Stanley

    Apr 13, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Love you till death lio Love(u) you for live Messi you are too humble in everything you do even in the pitch.

  4. Zeeshan Saeed

    May 19, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Lio is the love!!!

  5. David V Faulkner

    Jan 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I expected to see Derek Jeter in the list

  6. Tobyhill

    Jan 3, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Surprised me that Vinny Johnson was on there, he must of invested in companies or something,Basketball players weren’t making as much back then as they do now ,that’s why his name begin up there is surprising#VinnyTheMicrowave

  7. Theodore V. MOORE

    Feb 29, 2020 at 8:46 am

    You did not mention anything about Serena Williams,where does she fit In?

  8. Tohit Bhowmick

    May 8, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Still Cristiano Ronaldo is The Most Famous Person On The Planet 🔥

  9. DiamondDes

    Jun 13, 2021 at 6:54 am

    i was expecting to see the rock Dwayne Johnson and Hulk Hogan.Also no Track and field greats there to like Usain Bolt.Michael Buffer gets well paid for saying Lets get ready to Rumble , how about the classic line I’ll be back from the most famous body builder of all time Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  10. Bill

    Aug 13, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Money these people have generated is riduculous

  11. JOHN VINCENT BREGENTE WAHING

    Sep 3, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Manny Pacquiao should be on this list

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