Sportsmen – whether you'd classify them all as athletes or not – are some of the wealthiest people in the world. And every year, The Sunday Times puts out a list of the richest among them. The list takes all their assets into account – including salaries past and present, endorsements and other investments – and ranks them by their net worth. So who comes out on top?

Golfers, if you can believe it. Tiger Woods tops the Top 20 list worldwide at £538 million (~$870M), joined by Arnold Palmer at No. 4 with £230M ($370M), Greg Norman at No. 9 with £174M ($280M) and Jack Niclaus at No. 11 with £158M ($255M). But just behind them are the racing drivers.

Michael Schumacher just trails Tiger with £510 million ($824M), making him the second richest sportsman in the world, by far the wealthiest racer, and within reach of becoming the first billionaire driver in the world. Little wonder, as he's the most decorated driver the world has ever known.

Also on the list are Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who tie for eighteenth place (together with baseball's CC Sabathia) at £100 million ($160M) apiece. But in between these Formula One drivers sits one Dale Earnhardt, arguably the biggest name in NASCAR, who ties basketball star Kobe Bryant at sixth place with £185 million ($300M) in assets.

Now if only someone paid us that much to drive around in circles, well...we'd still probably be blogging about cars, only we'd be doing it from onboard our own mega-yachts somewhere a lot more glamorous.


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      JDam4131
      • 3 Years Ago
      .8 billion dollars..Jeez...the man could run a small government.
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      And to think the racers who drove in the golden years were paid very little even at the highest levels and were in constant peril from circuits/roads that did not forgive error and machines built purely to go fast and not protect the driver. I wonder how many of today's drivers would even have the stones to jump in something like a 30's era Auto Union or Mercedes or perhaps a Porsche 917. I guess you really must have wanted to be a racer back in the day. I guess that is why I have far more respect for those who have raced in the past. Back on topic, I suppose golf or motor racing is a fine way to make a living!
        zackh900
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IOMTT
        Neither golf nor motor racing pay unless you are at the very top level. Most people spend thousands of dollars of their own money and never break even.
      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprised that golfers top the list. Tiger, until the past couple years, has been pulling down $100M annually. Other top-tier golfers are taking in $30M+ per year. BTW, Jack spells his name Nicklaus. He and Arnie command $20M - 30M+ per year and they haven't competed in years. And if you have to ask if golf is a sport, you obviously haven't had your ego stomped into the ground by the game. Those guys, and gals, on TV just make it look easy.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Essende
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is golf even a sport?
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Essende
        What a stupid comment.
        AngryUglyPeople
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Essende
        Not if a couple of fat guys can participate, including Nascar those guys really need to watch their weight. Now track and field, that's a sport and it looks hard because it is.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't it sad that Justin Beiber probably has more $$$? Very sad considering the level of "talent" required for F1 racing versus...well, you get the drift.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't believe a douche who messed up ethically in all forms, and still gets sponsored like if he was a gos or something, really sad how idiots praise him.
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      help a brother out. i only need $1 million.............
      • 3 Years Ago
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      RetrogradE
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, is/was he The Stig or no? Clarkson revealed him as The Stig on an episode of TG but Ben Collins seems to claim the rights. I wouldn't blame Clarkson to bring in a "pinch Stig" because I think Collins is a sell-out, but what say ye?
      Big Squid
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bah. What does he have that I don't? Apart from opportunity, a massive amount of talent, and incredible determination.
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