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Top 50 richest athletes in the world 2021

The richest athletes of all time

Sports in the modern era are a great way to get entertained and connect with other people. For athletes it means more than that, as it is from their daily sporting activities they make a living.

There are many athletes who compete professionally. Even though, only a few attain the highest level of success. As you know, success in sports translates to huge salaries and endorsements. It's from these coupled with investments that athletes are able to attain large net worths.

From football legends to basketball stars and golf greats, below is a list of the richest athletes of all the time.

1. Michael Jordan Net Worth - $2.2 Billion

Michael Jordan is regarded as NBA’s greatest all time player and won 6 titles with Chicago bulls.

His net worth is now believed to be $2.2 billion thanks to the value of his NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets.

He also has sponsorship deals with Nike, Hanes, Gatorade and Upper Deck

2. Vince McMahon Net Worth – $1.6 Billion

Vince McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter and executive, American football executive and is the contemporary CEO of WWE.

McMahon has a net worth of $ 1.7 billion which is a decline from $2 Billion due to corona virus woes.

3. Ion Tiriac Net Worth – $1.3 Billion

Tiriac is a former professional tennis and ice hockey player, currently serving as president of Romanian Tennis Federation.

After a successful career in tennis, Tiriac ventured into business where he founded the Tiriac Group which has interests in real estate, auto and financial services.

Forbes estimates his net worth to be $1.3 Billion

4. Anna Kasprzak Net Worth - $1.3 Billion

Anna Kasprzak net worth

Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider.  She represented Denmark at two summer Olympics events in the process achieving a 4th place finish in the team competition in 2021.

Along with her brother Andre and Mother Hanni, owns $1.3 Billion Danish shoe manufacturer, ECCO

5. Tiger Woods Net Worth - $800 Million

Tiger Woods is an American Professional golfer. He is tied for first in PGA tour wins and ranks second in men’s major championships plus many more.

He is Widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time.

Woods has earned more than $120 million in prize money during his lengthy career in pro golf. However, his winnings pale into insignificance compared to his earnings from endorsement deals.

As of 2021, Tiger Woods net worth is estimated to be roughly $800 million dollars.

6.  Michael Schumacher Net Worth - $800 Million

Michael Schumacher is a retired German racing driver who competed in formula one for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Schumacher has a net worth of $800 million which he attained from endorsements and sponsorships deals. His career earnings are over $1 billion and he is one of few athletes to attain the feat.

7. Junior Bridgeman Net Worth - $600 Million

Junoir Bridgeman is an American businessman and former professional basketball player.

Despite not having an eventful career as a basketball player, his enterprising nature is what earned him a net worth of $600 Million.

8. Magic Johnson Net Worth - $600 Million

Revered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Johnson spent his 13 year NBA career with the Lakers guiding them to 5 championships.

According to various sources, Johnson's net worth is currently $600 million. He launched Magic Johnson enterprises upon retirement that is valued over $1 billion today.

9. Roger Staubach Net Worth - $600 Million

Nicknamed “Roger the Dodger”, Roger Staubach is a former professional football player for Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.

Staubach is one of the wealthiest NFL players in history with an estimated net worth of $600 Million.

10. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth - $500 Million

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional Portuguese Football player currently playing as a center forward for Premier League club Manchester United. With over 750 career goals, Ronaldo is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time.

Like the other great athletes Cristiano earns handsomely. According to Forbes, Ronaldo was 2nd on the list of best paid athletes of 2020 taking home $105 million – $60 million from salary and $45 million from endorsements.

Due to his famous personality, Ronaldo is sponsored by popular brands like Herbalife, Nike, Tag Heuer and many more.

Apart from representing other brands, Ronaldo has created his own brand around the CR7 image. It is mostly centered on his underwear line but has evolved to include various other clothing, leisure and home products.

11. Lebron James Net Worth - $500 Million

Commonly known as King James, Lebron is a professional basketball player in the NBA currently playing for Los Angeles Lakers.

He is a 4 time NBA MVP, who is regarded by some as the greatest basketball player of all time.

Lebron was one of the best paid athletes of 2020 earning $88.2 million as reported by Forbes.

As one of the most marketable athletes today, James has the likes of Nike, Wal-Mart, Beats Electronics and 2K Sports in his endorsement portfolio.

He is also an entrepreneur. Some of his investments include Blaze Pizza franchises in Chicago and Florida, Ladder – a health and wellness company and he is a part owner of Liverpool FC.

12. Eddie Jordan Net Worth - $475 Million

Eddie Jordan is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman and television personality.

Jordan obtained his wealth through founding and owning Jordan Grand Prix. His net worth today is $475 Million.

13. Floyd Mayweather Net Worth - $450 Million

Floyd Mayweather is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer.

Forbes reports Mayweather made over $1 billion from boxing bouts in the last decade making him one of the best paid athletes ever.

14. David Beckham Net Worth - $450 Million

David Beckham is a retired English football player who played for Manchester united, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, PSG at club level and the England national team.

His career peaked in the late 1990’s while playing for Man United achieving worldwide fame in the process.

Beckham’s net worth is estimated to be $450 million in 2021 credited to huge salaries and endorsement deals as a player.

He is also a renowned fashion enthusiast which made it possible to work with global fashion brands like H & M.

15. Roger Federer Net Worth - $450 Million

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. He has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles a feat only marched by Rafael Nadal.

Federer was ranked by Forbes as the best paid athlete of 2020, leap frogging the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi raking $106.3 Million.



Net Worth


Michael Buffer  

$400 Million


Lionel Messi   

$400 Million


Phil Mickelson  

$400 Million


Shaquille O'Neal

$400 Million


Alex Rodriguez 

$300 Million


Greg Norman  

$300 Million


George Foreman  

$300 Million


Jack Nicklaus 

$300 Million


Dale Earnhardt, Jr.   

$300 Million


The Rock Dwayne Johnson 

$280 Million


Jack Nicklaus

$280 Million


Lewis Hamilton   

$280 Million


Fernando Alonso.  

$240 Million


Paul Caddick  

$225 Million


Neymar Jr

$220 Million


Serena Williams

$220 Million


Dave Whelan.

$210 Million


Ken Block 

$200 Million


Kimi Raikkonen.  

$200 Million


Wayne Gretzky. 

$200 Million


Hakeem Olajuwon. 

$200 Million


John Madden.

$200 Million


Oscar De La Hoya. 

$200 Million


Peyton Manning. 

$200 Million


Richard Childress.

$200 Million


Maria Sharapova 

$195 Million


Zlatan Ibrahimovic

$190 Million


Manny Pacquiao.  

$190 Million


Derek Jeter. 

$185 Million


Kevin Garnett

$180 Million


Sir Tony O'Reilly 

$180 Million


Grant Hill.

$180 Million


Tom Brady

$180 Million


Tim Duncan

$177 Million


Andre Agassi.

$175 Million