Top 20 Richest Athletes in The World (Updated 2021)

Get motivated by the list of the 20 richest athletes in the world discussed below. Sports are loved by one and all. It is always good to love a sport and be good at one. People who are or have been passionate about sports have become very popular and wealthy. You may wonder what the net worth of the popular athletes of the world is and how they acquired it.

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List Of Top 20 Richest Athletes In The World

Here is a list of the top 20 wealthiest athletes in the world.

1. Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon

The net worth of Vince McMahon is $2.2 billion, and he is a professional American wrestler. Presently, he is the CEO and chairman of WWE. His father owned this company that he took over later on. He gained this wealth from WWE business and his wrestling career. 

2. Ion Tiriac

Ion Tiriac

The net worth of Ion Tiriac is $2 billion, and he is professional ice hockey and tennis player from Romania. He was a very famous player that made him earn huge wealth, and after retiring, he became the owner of the Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament. He is also a manager for a professional French tennis player – Lucas Pouille.

3. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

The net worth of Michael Jordan is $1.9 billion, and he is a professional basketball American player. He is known to be the best basketball player of all time. He has played 15 seasons in the NBA, and his career is divided between the teams – Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls. He is one of the richest athletes in the world, owing to the successes he made in his career.

4. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

The total worth of Tiger Woods is $800 million, and he is an American professional golfer. He is popular for being the most famous and notorious golfers in the world. On an annual basis, he has been ranked as the wealthiest athlete in the world, making him one of the richest athletes in the world. 

5. Michael Schumacher 

Michael Schumacher 

The net worth of Michael Schumacher is $600 million, and he is a former German race car driver for Formula One. He is the most famous driver from Formula One and is one of the greatest drivers of all time. He has made history by winning seven Formula One World Championships consecutively. He is the fifth richest athlete in the world. 

6. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

The net worth of Magic Johnson is $600, and he is a former American basketball player. He was an NBA player for LA Lakers for 13 seasons and has bagged numerous awards to get a place in the famous NBA basketball players. Presently, he is the president of basketball operations for the LA Lakers. He is 2nd richest athlete in the world.

7. Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

The net worth of Roger Staubach is $600 million, and he is a former footballer from America who played for the NFL. He had a glorious career, starting from the Dallas Cowboys in 1969, and played eleven seasons with them. For five Super Bowls, he was with this team and achieved great laurels in his career that made him so wealthy.

8. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

The net worth of Floyd Mayweather is $565 million, and he is a professional boxer. He has made a record of 50-0, and that too undefeated. He acquired good wealth after winning 2017’s much-talked-about fight against Conor McGregor. He also founded Mayweather Promotions, a fight promotion company. 

9. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

The net worth of Kobe Bryant is $500 million, and he is an American basketball player. He was a part of the LA Lakers team of the NBA and played all the 20 seasons of his career with them. This makes him a record holder for being with one team for the longest number of seasons. His laurels and fame, along with his entrepreneurship ventures, have added a lot to his wealth and made him get a place in the topmost richest athletes in the world.

10. LeBron James

LeBron James

The net worth of LeBron James is $480 million, and he is a professional basketball player. He was in the Cleveland Cavaliers team of the NBA, and he is still in the game. He is known to be one of the greatest basketball legends of all time. His game has got him such wealth that his name is listed as the topmost richest athlete in the world. 

11. Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan

The net worth of Eddie Jordan is $475 million, and he is a race car driver from Ireland. He is also a businessman, a TV personality, and a musician. In 1971, he won the Irish Kart Championship, and in 1974, he moved to Formula Ford. He is also a founder of the Jordan Grand Prix, which is a Formula One constructor. 

12. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

The net worth of Cristiano Ronaldo is $460 million, and he is a professional football player from Portuguese. At present, he plays from Real Madrid FC and the Portuguese National team. To bag the best footballer title, he is in constant competition with Lionel Messi. Only they both have till date won the “Player of the Year” award, and this fame has got him huge wealth.

13. David Beckham

David Beckham

The net worth of David Beckham is $450 million, and he is a professional footballer. He is a legend of football who played a lot for Manchester United, an English team and the English National Team. He became popular and famous in a short time, so much so that a movie was produced around his very-famous signature kick called “Bend It Like Beckham.” 

14. Roger Federer

Roger Federer

The net worth of Roger Federer is $450 million, and he is a Swiss tennis player, who at present is ranked at number 3 in the world men’s singles tennis. For six consecutive years, he was ranked number one and also won 19 grand slams all through his career. He is nearing the end of his career now and is ranking in the top twenty list of the richest athletes in the world.

15. Bud Selig

Bud Selig

The net worth of Bud Selig is $400 million, and he is the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. From 1992 to 1998, he served as an acting commissioner and from 1998 till date as the commissioner. He also founded the Milwaukee Brewers and owned the team from 1970. He garnered a lot of wealth during his career and made it to the list of the richest athletes in the world.

16. Michael Buffer

Michael Buffer

The net worth of Michael Buffer is $400 million, and he is the ring announcer for professional wrestling and boxing matches. People remember him for his trademark line, “ Let’s get ready to rumble.” He has made a huge amount of money by announcing or introducing boxing matches and has made a place among the wealthiest athletes in the world. 

17. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

The net worth of Shaquille O’Neal is $400 million, and he is a retired basketball player. He has played 19 seasons for NBA, and presently, he is a sports analyst for the NBA. He is considered to be a legend in basketball and has garnered immense fame and wealth in his career. 

18. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

The net worth of Lionel Messi is $400 million, and he is an Argentine football player and considered to be the best in the game. At present, he plays for the Argentina national team and Barcelona FC. Several times, he has been given the title of ‘Player of the Year” and is now the third richest soccer player in the world and 18th richest athlete. 

19. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

The net worth of Phil Mickelson is $400 million, and he is a professional golfer. He has bagged several laurels in his career – won five major championships, a PGA championship, three Masters titles, and an Open Championship. 

20. Vinnie Johnson 

Vinnie Johnson

The net worth of Vinnie Johnson is $400 million, and he is a retired basketball player. He was in the Detroit Pistons team in the NBA and has bagged two championships while he played for the Pistons. He is a famous basketball player who is also one of the wealthiest athletes in the world.

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Conclusion

The above 20 richest athletes of the world have garnered a lot of name, fame, and immense wealth owing to the mastery in their game. Their respective career journeys have been very inspiring, so much so that some of them have even retired but still earn a good amount of wealth and are here in the top 20 list of richest athletes. 

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