Top 10 richest athletes in the world as of  July 2022  

Richest Athletes in the world
Richest Athletes in the world

Who are the world’s richest athletes? Often we only read about the world’s highest paid athletes which are the usual characters Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, among others. Athletes such as Messi make over $30 million annually as part of their salary without factoring other income generating avenues. So who do you think tops the world’s richest athletes list if someone can get paid $30 million annually as salary alone? Today the world’s richest athletes have made their money from more money than their technical skills, speed and agility. It’s not all about how many world titles one has or has he or she been inducted into the hall of fame. Nearly all of the world’s wealthiest athletes have earned their way into the top of the list from investments, lucrative business ventures and brand endorsements deals. Here is a list of top richest athletes in the world as of today.


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1.Michael Jordan net worth $2.1 billion

Michael Jordan net worth
Michael Jordan net worth

NBA legend Michael Jordan the greatest basketball player of all time is among the richest athletes we have today. Nobody has made much money through building a business empire in the history of professional sports such as Michael Jordan. He just earned $90 million in salary in his entire career but today Michael Jordan net worth is around $2.1 billion. He played 15 seasons in the NBA and won six championships with Chicago Bulls.
Jordan is the principal owner of NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and the team is worth more than $1.5 billion. Michael Jordan wealth apart from salary has been made through endorsement deals and business ventures. In endorsement deals his brand with Nike brings in around $1 billion. Other endorsement deals Michael has are with companies such Gatorade, Upper deck, Hanes, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, MCI among others. On business ventures Michael Jordan co owns Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball, steakhouse New York,  and an automotive group known as Michael Jordan.  Just you know Michael Jordan apart from being the greatest NBA player he is also the fourth richest African American.


2. Vince McMahon net worth $1.9 billion

Vince McMahon net worth
Vince McMahon net worth

Vince McMahon the chairman and the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is one od the richest athletes in our list of top richest athletes in the world today. Before you dispute he isn’t an athlete he was a professional wrestler who is a two-time world champion and a royal Rumble Winner. Today he own the WWE, and Alpha entertainment which is the holding company of the American football league XFL. It’s worth noting WWE annual revenue is about $1 billion and Vince McMahon net worth stands at $1.9 billion.

3. Ion Țiriac net worth $1.2 billion

Ion Tirian net worth today
Ion Tirian net worth

The third richest businessman from Romania is among the richest athletes in the world today. He is also known as ‘Brașov Bulldozer” and he is a former professional ice hockey player and a tennis player. After he retired he became a  player agent, advisor and a coach. Tiriac wealth has been built with a vast business empire which include a private bank Banca Tiriac, insurance, auto leasing, executive jets, retail, auto dealership, real estate, elevator manufacturing  among others. Ion Țiriac net worth is $1.2 billion.

4.Tiger Woods net worth $800 million.

Tiger Woods net worth
Tiger Woods net worth

As one of the winningest professional athletes of all-time, Tiger Woods is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most accomplished athletes of all time. He started playing gold when he was a child and won 3 US Amateur titles and at the age of 21 he became the youngest master’s champion ever. He is the only person to ever play golf and hold the US Open, PGA Championship, British Open and 2001 Masters championship all together. He has held numerous golf records such as being the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history.  He leads all golfers in PGA tour wins and career major wins. Today Tiger Woods net worth is estimated to be around $800 million.

5. Michael Schumacher net worth $600 million

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Michael Schumacher net worth

Michael Schumacher  is a retired German racing driver who is regarded as the greatest Formula One driver ever though others regard him as the greatest of all time. He retired back in 2012 as seven time F1 world champion, making him one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport. He retired with a record of winning 91 Grand Prix, 77 fastest laps  and holds a record of winning 13 races in a single season making him the greatest driver the sport has ever seen. With such a record comes with a good financial reward which places him as one of the wealthiest athletes in the world. Today Michael Schumacher net worth stands at $600 million.

6. Magic Johnson net worth $600 million

Magic Johnson net worth
Magic Johnson net worth today

Magic Johnson the retired basketball player who used to also be the president of Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association is one of the richest athletes we have. He made entry in the NBA in 1979 draft after winning championships in high school and college. Johnson used to play point guard when he was at Lakers for 13 seasons and during his time he won four championships. He retired in 1991 after he made revelations that he had contracted HIV. After his retirement Johnson ventured into entrepreneurship .he runs a conglomerate company called Magic Johnson Enterprises which has a net worth of over $700 million. The company includes a production company,  promotional company, theaters, film studio, insurance, retail goods, coffee shops among others. Johnson net worth has also been given a huge boost by owning aXiomatic eSports which owns Team Liquid and also co owns Los Angeles Football Club. Today Magic Johnson net worth is estimated to be around $600 million.

7. Roger Staubach net worth $600 million

Roger Staubach net worth
Roger Staubach net worth

They called him “Captain Comeback”, “Roger the Dodger” and “Captain America”. He used to be a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL). He played for Dallas Cowboys for 11 seasons  leading the team to five Super Bowl and winning with them Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII.apart from making money from being an athlete he has made much more from his real estate company which provides real estate investment management services for high net worth individuals,   Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. The company is the second largest public brokerage firm in the world with branches in over 80 countries . Roger Staubach net worth is estimated to be around  $600 million.

8.Floyd Mayweather net worth $565 million

Floyd Mayweather net worth today
Floyd Mayweather net worth today

How could he miss in our list of the top richest athletes yet he is the best defensive boxer in history and besides that he is also the most accurate puncher there have ever been.  Just to put a summary of how good he is before you start arguing with me, he has won 26 consecutive world titles, won 23 lineal title fights,  and won 24 wins against former and current world titlists. Floyd MayWeather to date has generated more than $1.67 billion in revenue through PPV buys throughout his career. the top four pay per view bouts in terms of revenue earned is his 2007 fight with De La Hoya where he made $136 million, in 2013 he fought Canelo and made $150 million, his fight with McGregor added his bank account with $370 million and his biggest payday was his fight with Pacquiao in 2015 where he made $400 million.  Today Floyd MayWeather net worth is estimated to be around $565 million.

9. LeBron James net worth $480 million

LeBron James net worthLeBron James  has made it to our list this year as one of the richest athletes  the world has today. With some calling him the greatest basketball player of all time he is often regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in the NBA history.  In his accolades store James has four NBA most valuable player, two Olympic gold medals, four NBA championships and holds the all-time record for playoffs points. Apart from earning money from NBA as a player James has earned much more through numerous endorsement deals with companies such as Nike, Beats by Dre,  Coca-Cola, McDonalds, State Farm among others. Today LeBron James net worth  is estimated to be around $480 million.

10. Eddie Jordan net worth $475 million

Eddie Jordan net worthThe former Irish motor sport driver, the founder of Jordan Grand Prix and now a businessman made it to our list of the richest athletes we have today. Currently Jordan is an analyst for F1 coverage on the BBC. Apart from sports activities  Jordan has invested in brands such as Vodka brand Vodka V10, energy drink EJ-10,real estate and many other investments. As of 2020 Eddie Jordan net worth is estimated to stand at $475 million.


If you haven’t noticed talents pay way better than academic skills. Am not saying one shouldn’t pursue their academic dreams besides it’s in this academic institutions where talents are discovered. However the gap between super skilled academicians and super skilled talented individuals has a huge disparity when we consider monetary rewards. Think about the highest paid athletes in the world such as Messi who makes $600,000 a week and anesthesiologists physician who gets $300,000 yearly.