These Are the 20 Richest Athletes of All Time

Ah, the antithesis to “stay in school, kids.”

Forbes recently released its list of the world’s richest athletes of all time, which is essentially a ranking that’ll make you wish you spent every calculus class on the field, rink, links, racetrack or court instead of determining the value of x.

While there are some obvious choices on the list, others are more surprising. Did you know, for example, that Greg Norman made more money than you and your entire family combined ever will?

The top earner made an astonishing $1.7 billion USD, which is more than the GDP of, like, a dozen countries.

Here are the 20 richest people in the world who played a sport:

20. Manny Pacquiao
19. Oscar De La Hoya
18. Jeff Gordon
17. Lionel Messi
=15. Alex Rodriguez
=15. Roger Federer
14. Cristiano Ronaldo
13. Lebron James
12. Greg Norman
11. Mike Tyson

richest athletes

10. Shaquille O’Neal – $700 million
9. David Beckham – $730 million
8. Phil Mickelson – $760 million
7. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – $765 million
6. Kobe Bryant – $770 million

richest athletes

5. Michael Schumacher – $1 billion
4. Jack Nicklaus – $1.15 billion
3. Arnold Palmer – $1.35 billion
2. Tiger Woods – $1.65 billion
1. Michael Jordan – $1.7 billion

*All figures in USD

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