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Top 10 Richest Athletes of ALL Time

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If we try to list the best athletes in one place, it will be full of the most dominant, iconic, famous players in the history of sports.  But when it comes to riches, things might spice up a bit. Welcome back to our channel. This is Up10 and today we’ll be counting down our picks for “Top 10 Richest Athletes of ALL Time.”

10: Vinnie Johnson – $400 million

Vincent Johnson, also known as “the Microwave” is an American retired professional basketball player and a key player as the sixth man for the Detroit Pistons during the team’s National Basketball Association (NBA) championships of 1989 and 1990. Johnson does have a very good reputation in his field and many worth remembering moments are attached with his name. Johnson won two championships during his time playing for the Pistons and this 6 feet 2 inches tall man earned the nickname “the Microwave” from Boston Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period. The longtime sixth man for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons played 10 seasons in Detroit.  

Today, Johnson is the Piston Group’s Chairman and CEO and his Piston Group’s customer list includes the big 3 in Detroit as well as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Under his leadership, the company has expanded from one location in Detroit to several across the Midwest including Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky. The Piston Group does nearly $3 billion in annual revenue and has given Johnson, who earned about $5 million in 12 seasons in the NBA, a net worth of $400 million. Impressed, right? Well, countdown with us to number one because there’s more to come.

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9: Lionel Messi – $400 million

Who isn’t familiar with his name? Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who is often considered the best player in the world. With widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes. Now, many of us are already aware of all the good work Messi has done. His playing style has made the world a big fan of his skills and all prowesses he acquires. He has won the FIFA player of the year award five times and his playing contract is loaded with bonuses for such feats, which help make him one of the highest-paid on the pitch. 

There is no surprise that Lionel Messi was the highest-paid footballer in the world in 2019 with $127 million in earnings, a combination of his $80 million-a-year salary playing for Barcelona and his many top-tier endorsement deals, such as his lifetime partnership with Adidas. His closes rival Cristiano Ronaldo occupied the second spot on the list. Going by the spending capabilities, there are only two clubs that can afford Messi’s wages right now, one of them being Manchester City and the other, Paris Saint Germain.  

Today, Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million, making him the 3rd richest soccer player in the world, and 18th on the list of richest athletes. His income is well-deserved, though, as Messi has been FIFA’s player of the year five times.

8: Roger Federer – $450 Million

Ranked world No. 4 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals; Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. Continuously ranked in the top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016, he has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks and was the year-end No. 1 five times, including four consecutive. Also, he has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles. That means the most in history for a male player. Amazing right?  

With all the success and reputation, Federer is now edging closer towards the end of his career. He has often been on the top 10 of Forbes‘ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. He has amassed over $130 million in total career winnings, and his endorsements and sponsorships with brands, including Rolex and Mercedes-Benz, are what push his net worth to $450 million. Not just that, he has also signed a 10-year deal worth $300 million with clothing brand Uniqlo, recently. One thing’s for sure, Federer knows what it takes to be at the top.

7: LeBron James – $480 Million

LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. And here comes the NBA again. His accomplishments include three NBA championships, four NBA MVP Awards, three Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James also holds the all-time record for playoff points, is third in all-time points, and eighth in all-time assists. And with this much recognition, comes a high net worth.  

In 2016, Forbes noted the 16-time All-Star had a net worth of $275 million to rank No. 39 on a list of the 40 richest entrepreneurs under 40. Today, James is one of the few athletes ever to receive a lifetime contract from Nike which is worth $1 billion over its term. LeBron is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his net worth reflects this statement.

6: Kobe Bryant – $500 Million

Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player who won five NBA championships and was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. That’s impressive, what do you think? Not just that, Bryant also led the NBA in scoring twice and ranks fourth on the league’s all-time regular-season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. 

Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he had won multiple awards and trophies during his career and was one of the richest athletes of all time as well. Sadly, Kobe was pronounced dead after a tragic helicopter crash on the way to his daughter’s basketball game. At his time of death, Kobe Bryant’s net worth was estimated to be $500 million. His estimated worth is what brings him on number six on our list today. 

5: Floyd Mayweather – $565 Million

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He is one of the famous, successful boxers in the sport During his career he won fifteen major world titles like The Ring in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes, and retired with an undefeated record. Being famous not only requires his undefeated 50-0 record, but also a unique style of boxing like Mayweather.  

Fighters are considered independent contractors for the organization and have a lot more freedom to dictate how much money they make compared to UFC fighters. This is partly a reason why Mayweather earns hundreds of millions for just one fight, while even the UFC’s most famous fighters like McGregor have a hard time doing this. While boxing is his main source of income, he also has a lot of sponsors and endorsement deals. Mayweather is one of the few athletes to bring in over $1 billion, but he likely doesn’t have $1 billion in his bank account. Mayweather Productions holds its boxing events that don’t feature his fights. He also has his franchise of gyms. Adding it all up, estimates show that Mayweather is worth at least $565 million. 

4: Magic Johnson – $600 Million

Here come the retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, Magic Johnson. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers and played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. Speaking of his career, the achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. 

Continuing to be a prominent personality in sports, Johnson became a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 after purchasing the team for a record-breaking $2 billion. Johnson earned nearly $40 million in salary during his NBA career, including a 25-year, a $25 million contract with the Lakers in 1981 that ranked as the richest deal in sports history at the time. As for today, Magic Johnson’s net worth is approximately $600 million making him one of the richest athletes of all time.

3: Tiger Woods – $800 Million

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who ranks second in men’s major championships and also holds numerous golf records. Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers, and one of the most famous athletes of all time. Notably, back in 2009, Forbes proclaimed that Woods is the world’s first athlete to earn over a billion dollars in one’s playing career.  

He averages around $50-60 million per year when it comes to his salary, winnings and endorsement deals. This easily makes him the highest-paid golfer of all time. He also owns a vast amount of assets such as a $25 million yacht, a $53 million Gulfstream G550 private jet, a $55 million 12-acre ocean-front property in Florida, and many more. Not just that, He also has sponsorship deals with Nike, TaylorMade, Monster, GOLFTV, Bridgestone, Kowa, Hero, Upper Deck, Full Swing Simulators, and Centinel Spine. Woods was also 8th in Forbes’ 2020 Highest-Paid Athletes list with his endorsements coming in at $60m for the year added to $2.3m on-course earnings. 

2: Michael Jordan – $1.9 Billion

Michael Jordan is one of the most recognized names in NBA history. He is also known for the endorsement of Nike’s Air Jordan, and the movie Space Jam. 

Jordan has become known as the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN. He is now part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats. 6-time NBA champion and 6-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star and 10-time scoring leader, the man was a machine of the game while earning a total salary of $90 million. He has donated $100 million over 10 years to organizations fighting for racial quality, social justice, and greater access to education. There’s no doubt his net worth of $1.9 billion, made him a billionaire.

1: Vince McMahon – $2.2 Billion

Founder and owner of Alpha Entertainment, Vincent Kennedy McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter and executive, American football executive, and media proprietor currently serving as the chairman and CEO of WWE. 

Being the industry’s most important figure well into the 21st century, McMahon has a net worth of $1.6 billion. Vince earned his fortune and fame as the CEO of WWE. He owns 28.7 million shares of WWE’s stock and class B shares that control 80% of WWE’s voting power and roughly 37% of the company’s total outstanding shares. McMahon has a personal net worth of $2.2 billion as aside from being the majority owner of WWE shares, he serves as the company’s chairman and CEO. His $2.2 billion fortune is unsurprising as McMahon led WWE to the mainstream success it currently enjoys. 

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