Top 30 Richest Athletes In The World (2022)

What are the world’s richest athletes?

Perhaps you’ve wondered how much all your favorite athletes are worth, and who comes out on top.

Here are the 30 richest athletes in the world, along with their net worth estimates, and how they’ve managed to make so much money!

The 30 Richest Athletes in the World

These figures have been compiled from Forbes. These are the richest athletes worldwide as of 2022:

30. Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Net Worth: $250 Million

Kimi Raikkonen is a s a Finnish racing driver who competed in Formula One between 2001 and 2021 for Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, and Alfa Romeo. He has earned over $50 million per year and was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.

He has earned his nickname “Iceman” for many different reasons, he is cool under pressure and he is also known for his icy persona.

As of July 2022, Kimi Raikkonen’s net worth is roughly $250 million.

“Suddenly the steering wheel was in my hands. I tried to put it back on, but it was too late. I was just wondering where I was going to end up.” – Kimi Raikkonen 

29. Grant Hill

Grant Hill

Net Worth: $250 Million

Grant Henry Hill is a former American professional basketball player who is co-owner and general manager of the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. He attended Duke University and is widely considered one of its best players.

During his NBA career, he earned $140 million in salary alone and roughly $120 million from endorsements.

As of July 2022, Grant Hill’s net worth is estimated to be $250 million.

“Regardless of the obstacles or hurdles that are ahead of you, regardless of the opponent, regardless of the odds, your goal and objective always is to win.” – Grant Hill

28. Gary Player

Gary Player

Net Worth: $250 Million

Gary James Player DMS, OIG is a retired South African professional golfer widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. During his career, Player won nine major championships on the regular tour and nine major championships on the Champions Tour.

As of July 2022, Gary Player’s net worth is roughly $250 million.

“Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.” – Gary Player

27. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

Net Worth: $260 Million

Fernando Alonso is a Spanish racing driver who currently competes for Alpine in Formula 1. He won the drivers’ world championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault and has also driven for McLaren, Ferrari, and Minardi.

As of July 2022, Fernando Alonso’s net worth is estimated to be $260 million.

“When I race in Australia or Korea or Japan I know it will be a big change for me because Ferrari fans are worldwide.”  – Fernando Alonso

26. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Net Worth: $285 Million

Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver who currently drives for Mercedes in Formula One. In Formula One, Hamilton has won a record seven drivers’ world championship titles and holds the record for most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes, among others.

Lewis is one of the highest-paid F1 drivers in the world and in one year he makes around $50 million.

As of July 2022, Lewis Hamilton’s net worth is estimated to be $285 million.

“You just need to be accepted for who you are and be proud of who you are and that is what I’m trying to do.” – Lewis Hamilton

25. George Foreman

George Foreman

Net Worth: $300 Million

George Foreman is a former American professional boxer, entrepreneur, minister and author. In boxing he was nicknamed “Big George” and competed between 1967 and 1997. He was a two-time world heavyweight champion and won an Olympic gold medal. As an entrepreneur, he is known for the George Foreman Grill.

Today, he is a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and a multimillionaire entrepreneur.

As of July 2022, George Foreman’s net worth is estimated to be $300 million.

“Many people fail not so much because of their mistakes; they fail because they are afraid to try.” – George Foreman

24. Dale Earnhardt Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Net Worth: $300 Million

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a semi-retired American stock car racer, team owner, author, and analyst for NASCAR on NBC. He competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and drives the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro for his team, JR Motorsports.

As of July 2022, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s net worth is roughly $300 million.

“Winning isn’t everything to me, but it’s a close second. Losing isn’t something that I can just brush off and fake a smile to hide my frustration. It’s that will and determination that I hope will get me where I want to go.” – Dale Earnhardt Jr.

23. Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Net Worth: $350 Million

Alex Rodriguez is an American former professional baseball player who played for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He is best known for his time with the New York Yankees. During his career as a professional baseball player, he earned around $475 million in salary, bonuses, and endorsements.

As of July 2022, Alex Rodriguez’s net worth is estimated to be $350 million.

“I love the challenge of the game. I love the work. My goal right now is to have a season next year that will make people forget about this one. I’ll use things like this for motivation. I’m pumped. I’m hungry.” – Alex Rodriguez

22. Vinnie Johnson

Vinnie Johnson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Vinnie Johnson is a retired professional basketball player, who used to play for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. Johnson won two championships during his time playing for the Pistons, and the team has now retired his #15 jersey.

As of July 2022, Vinnie Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $400 million.

21. Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” is an American former professional wrestler and actor who was a great athlete in high school. In 1991, Johnson was a member of the Hurricane team and won the national championship. Today, he is a well-established actor and he is known for having an amazing body.

As of July 2022, Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

“When you walk up to opportunities door, don’t knock it. Kick that b!tch in, smile and introduce yourself.” – Dwayne Johnson

20. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

Net Worth: $400 Million

Shaquille O’Neal is a former American professional basketball player who appears as a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. O’Neal is considered one of the greatest basketball players and centers of all time.

Shaq is notorious for being one of the biggest players of all time to play in the NBA. Whilst active, he was listed as 7ft 1 inch, and 325 pounds.

Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth is $400 million.

“‘The Big Stock Exchange.’ I start off at one price. Every now and then I’ll go down, but eventually I’ll go back up.” – Shaquille O’Neal

19. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Net Worth: $400 Million

Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer.

He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

Phil Mickelson’s net worth is estimated at $400 million, making him one of the richest athletes in the world.

“The winner of this tournament doesn’t just win a major. He become a part of the history of the game.” – Phil Mickelson

18. Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus

Net Worth: $400 Million

Jack Nicklaus is a former American professional golfer who has the nickname “The Golden Bear”. With 18 major championships, he has won more major titles than any other golfer. Nicklaus is ranked third in terms of total PGA Tour victories.

As of July 2022, Jack Nicklaus’ net worth is roughly $400 million.

“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.” – Jack Nicklaus

17. Greg Norman

Greg Norman

Net Worth: $400 Million

Greg Norman is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur who has earned the rank of number one golfer in the world. He has 90 tournament wins to his name and he is considered to be a sporting legend by the golfing industry. Norman is also known for his charity work.

As of July 2022, Greg Norman’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million.

“I can honestly say in my entire career, I’ve never gone around a golf course and not mis-hit a shot, but today I never missed a shot. I hit every driver perfect, every iron perfect. I’m in awe of myself.” – Greg Norman

16. Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Net Worth: $450 Million

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, currently ranked 3rd in the world in men’s singles tennis.

Federer is now edging closer towards the end of his career, however, he was ranked number #1 for 6 years consecutively, and has won 19 grand slams throughout his career.

Roger Federer’s net worth is $450 million.

“When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up, and for me it’s tennis.” – Roger Federer

15. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

Net Worth: $450 Million

Floyd Mayweather is a former professional boxer with an unbelievable record of 50-0, undefeated. He is also the founder of Mayweather Promotions, a fight promotion company.

Mayweather recently added a significant amount of money to his total net worth after winning the hyped-up fight against Conor McGregor in August 2017.

Floyd’s net worth is now estimated to be $450 million.

“You’ve got to have a villain and they’ll always make me the villain. I’m used to it, it makes me work harder and it makes me fight harder.” – Floyd Mayweather

14. David Beckham

David Beckham

Net Worth: $450 Million

David Beckham is a former English professional footballer. He played most of his career for the English club Manchester United and, of course, for the English national team.

Some of the other clubs Beckham played for during his career were Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain. He quickly became a very popular and famous football player, and there was even a movie produced about his signature kick called “Bend It Like Beckham”.

David Beckham’s net worth is $450 million.

“I am always going to have problems with the paparazzi. I have had two men outside my house for the last two years, which is frightening at times, but that is my life unfortunately.” – David Beckham

13. LeBron James

LeBron James

Net Worth: $500 Million

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Most of the athletes on this list are former athletes, but LeBron remains in the game.

LeBron is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his net worth definitely reflects that statement.

“I hear that word pressure all the time. There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.” – LeBron James

12. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Net Worth: $500 Million

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer, currently playing for Real Madrid FC, and the Portuguese National team.

Ronaldo has been regarded as the best footballer in the world, and constantly fights with Lionel Messi for this title. In fact, for the last several years, these two players are the only two to receive the “Player of the Year” award.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is $500 million.

“Talent isn’t everything. You can have it from the cradle, but it is necessary to learn the trade to be the best.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

11. Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Net Worth: $600 Million

Roger Staubach is a former American football quarterback in the NFL.

Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969, playing for them in all 11 seasons of his career. He participated in five Super Bowls with the team, four of them as the starting quarterback.

Roger Staubach’s net worth is estimated at $600 million.

“All of us get knocked down, but it’s resiliency that really matters. All of us do well when things are going well, but the thing that distinguishes athletes is the ability to do well in times of great stress, urgency and pressure.” – Roger Staubach

10. Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher

Net Worth: $600 Million

Michael Schumacher is a German former Formula 1 racing driver. If you can only name one Formula 1 driver, it’s probably Schumacher.

He is considered one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. He is also the only driver in history to win seven Formula One World Championships, five of them in a row.

Michael Schumacher’s net worth is $600 million, making him the 5th richest athlete in the world.

“Never think that success is down to your own performance alone. If you start listening only to yourself you take the first step back towards the bottom. The flowers of victory belong in many vases.” – Michael Schumacher

9. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Net Worth: $600 Million

Magic Johnson is a former American professional basketball player. Johnson played in the NBA for 13 seasons for the LA Lakers. As a player, he won numerous awards that got him into the NBA Hall of Fame.

Right now, Magic is president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be $600 million, making him the 2nd richest basketball player in the world.

“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.” – Magic Johnson

8. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Net Worth: $600 Million

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer and is considered one of the best footballers of the present time. He currently plays for Barcelona FC and the Argentine national team.

Messi has been a notorious player for many years and has been named “Player of the Year” several times.

Lionel Messi’s net worth is estimated to be $600 million, making him the 3rd richest soccer player in the world, and 18th on the list of richest athletes.

“Every year I try to grow as a player and not get stuck in a rut. I try to improve my game in every way possible.” – Lionel Messi

7. Junior Bridgeman

Junior Bridgeman

Net Worth: $600 Million

Junior Bridgeman is an American former professional basketball player and entrepreneur. Bridgeman played 12 years for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. He then went on to invest in fast food franchises and today he is one of the richest athletes in history.

As of July 2022, Junior Bridgeman’s net worth is roughly $600 million.

“A good education is not so much one which prepares a man to succeed in the world, as one which enables him to sustain a failure.” – Junior Bridgeman

6. Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan

Net Worth: $600 Million

Eddie Jordan is an Irish former race car driver, Motorsport team boss, businessman, musician and television personality.

He won the Irish Kart Championship in 1971 and moved to Formula Ford in 1974. He also founded Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005.

Eddie Jordan’s net worth is currently $600 million.

“We had positive energy. We’ve never wavered in confidence with each other or for each other.” – Eddie Jordan

5. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Net Worth: $800 Million

Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer. He ranks first in PGA Tour victories, second in men’s major championships, and holds numerous golf records. Woods is widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time and is one of the most famous athletes in modern history.

He is also one of the highest-paid athletes in the world on a yearly basis, which probably explains how he was able to make it onto this list of the richest worldwide.

Tiger Wood’s net worth is estimated to be $800 million.

“One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people’s expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it.” – Tiger Woods

4. Anna Kasprzak

Anna Kasprzak

Net Worth: $1 Billion

Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider who has represented Denmark in the Summer Olympics in 2012 and 2016. Kasprzak is considered to be one of the best dressage riders in the world and she has won multiple medals throughout her career.

As of July 2022, Anna Kasprzak’s net worth is estimated to be $1 billion.

“What was important for me was that the music will fit and I really think it went well.” – Anna Kasprzak

3. Ion Tiriac

Ion Tiriac

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

Ion Tiriac is a former Romanian professional tennis and ice hockey player.

That’s right, two sports. After retiring from professional sports, Tiriac now owns the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament. He is also the manager of Lucas Pouille, a French professional tennis player.

Ion Tiriac is one of the richest athletes in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

“I have every single Ferrari that came out. I have all the Mercedes they came out with, all the Jaguars they came out with, all the Porsches they came out with.” – Ion Tiriac

2. Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon

Net Worth: $1.6 Billion

Vince McMahon is an American former professional wrestler. He is currently the majority owner, chairman, and CEO of WWE. McMahon took control of the company from his father in the 1980s.

Vince’s net worth is an incredible $1.6 billion, and although the majority of that net worth came from his success with the WWE company, that doesn’t take away from his professional wrestling success.

“I’m not afraid of failing. I don’t like to fail. I hate to fail. But I’m not afraid of it.” – Vince McMahon

1. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $2.2 Billion

Michael Jordan is a retired American professional basketball player. Jordan played a total of 15 seasons in the NBA, with his career split between two teams. These teams were the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards.

Jordan is considered the best basketball player of all time and has been the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets since his retirement.

Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $2.2 billion in 2022, making him the richest athlete in the world.

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan

Summary

Here’s a quick recap of the top 30 richest athletes in the world in 2022:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Vince McMahon
  3. Ion Tiriac
  4. Anna Kasprzak
  5. Tiger Woods
  6. Eddie Jordan
  7. Junior Bridgeman
  8. Lionel Messi
  9. Magic Johnson
  10. Michael Schumacher
  11. Roger Staubach
  12. Cristiano Ronaldo
  13. LeBron James
  14. David Beckham
  15. Floyd Mayweather
  16. Roger Federer
  17. Greg Norman
  18. Jack Nicklaus
  19. Phil Mickelson
  20. Shaquille O’Neal
  21. Dwayne Johnson
  22. Vinnie Johnson
  23. Alex Rodriguez
  24. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  25. George Foreman
  26. Lewis Hamilton
  27. Fernando Alonso
  28. Gary Player
  29. Grant Hill
  30. Kimi Raikkonen

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