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The 10 Richest Athletes of All Time

From NBA stars to race car phenoms, here are the wealthiest sportsmen on the planet.
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Being good at sports has perks beyond being picked first in gym class—billions of them, in fact. Below are the top 10 richest athletes in the world.

1. Michael Jordan


The former NBA star is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and he was compensated commensurately. Jordan's salary totaled $90 million, and he's made more than $1 billion through corporate partnerships with brands like Bike and Hanes along with his stake in the Charlotte Hornets.

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Reported Net Worth: $1.65 Billion

2. Michael Schumacher


A former German Formula One race car driver, Schumacher holds the record for the most Grand Prix victories (91). He made $1 billion during his career, Forbes reports, before a 2013 skiing accident in the Alps left him severely injured.

Reported Net Worth: $800 Million

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3. Tiger Woods


In spite of his 2009 scandal, Tiger Woods is still the richest golfer alive. He made $37.1 million in 2017, down from $50.5 million the year before. Over the years, the bulk of his income has come not from prize money but through endorsement deals from companies including Nike and Rolex.

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Reported Net Worth: $700 Million

4. Arnold Palmer


Palmer won the PGA Tour 62 times and might be the greatest golfer to have ever lived. He's also the namesake for an especially refreshing summer drink.

Reported Net Worth: $675 Million

5. Roger Staubach


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Staubach is a former Dallas Cowboys player who went on to have a successful career in commercial real estate after he retired from the NFL.

Reported Net Worth: $600 Million

6. Magic Johnson


After his NBA career, during which he reportedly earned more than $18 million in salary money, Johnson formed a company that invested in movie theaters, restaurants, and sports teams including the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers.

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Reported Net Worth: $500 Million

7. Floyd Mayweather


The boxing champion earned $300 million for one fight alone, according to Celebritynetworth.com: his August 2017 bout with Conor McGregor.

Reported Net Worth: $560 Million

8. Eddie Jordan


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Irish race car driver Eddie Jordan followed his competitive sports career with a stint as an on-air Formula One analyst for the BBC.

Reported Net Worth: $475 Million

9. David Beckham


Englishman David Beckham's most lucrative years haven't been during his soccer career. Rather, the 42-year-old has made the most money through deals like the one he made with the spirits company Diageo, with whom he launched a single-grain Scotch whisky called Haig Club.

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Reported Net Worth: $450 Million

10. Roger Federer


The Swiss-born Federer made $64 million in 2017—$6 million in prize money and $58 million in endorsements from brands including Nike. In addition to formerly being ranked the number-one tennis player on the tour, he's also the richest tennis player in the world.

Reported Net Worth: $450 Million

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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