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Full list: The 30 Richest Athletes in the World in 2022

You’ve probably found yourself wondering just how much all your favorite athletes are worth, and who comes out on top.

This is why we’ve put together a list of the 30 richest athletes in the world, with their net worth estimates, and how they’ve managed to rake in so much cash!

The 30 Richest Athletes in the World

These figures have been compiled from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth. These are the richest athletes worldwide As of 2022:

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30) Kimi Raikkonen (Formula 1, net worth: $250 million)

29) Grant Hill (Basketball, net worth: 250 million)

28) Gary Player (Golf, net worth: $250 million)

27) Fernando Alonso (F1, net worth: $260 million)

26) Lewis Hamilton (F1, net worth: $285 million)

Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver who is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Lewis is one of the highest-paid F1 drivers in the world and in one year he makes around $50 million.

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

“As a driver, you’ve always got to believe in your heart that you’ve got what it takes to win it. You’ve always got to believe in yourself. You’ve always got to arrive on the day and believe it can happen.” – Lewis Hamilton

25) George Forman (Boxing, net worth: $300 million)

24) Dale Earnhardt Jr (NASCAR, net worth: $300 million)

23) Alex Rodriguez (Baseball, net worth: $350 million)

22) Vinnie Johnson (Basketball, net worth: $400 million)

21) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (WWE, net worth: ($400 million)

20) Shaquille O’Neal (Basketball, net worth: $400 million)

19) Phil Mickelson (Golf, net worth: $400 million)

18) Jack Nicklaus (Golf, net worth: $400 million)

17) Greg Norman (Golf, net worth: $400 million)

16) Roger Federer (Tennis, 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.

“Early in my career, I struggled with consistency, but I couldn’t get more consistent than this year.” – Roger Federer

Roger Federer

15) Floyd Mayweather (Boxing, net worth: $450 million)

14) David Beckham (Football, net worth: $450 million)

David Beckham is an English former professional footballer. He played the majority of his career for the English team Manchester United, and of course the England 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 footballer, and a movie was even produced around his signature kick, titled “Bend It Like Beckham”.

“The spotlight will always be on me, but it’s something I’m learning to live with as the years go by.” – David Beckham

13) LeBron James (Basketball, net worth: $500 million)

12) Cristiano Ronaldo (Football, 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.

“Many people look at me and think they know me but they don’t at all. This is the real me. I am a humble person, a feeling person. A person who cares about others, who wants to help others.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

11) Roger Staubach (American Football, net worth: $600 million)

10) Michael Schumacher (Formula 1, net worth: $600 million)

9) Magic Johnson (Basketball, net worth: $600 million)

8) Lionel Messi (Football, net worth: $600 million)

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer and is considered one of the best footballers in the modern game. He currently plays for Barcelona FC and the Argentina national team.

Messi has been a notorious player in the game for many years now and has been named ‘Player of the Year’ on multiple occasions.

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.

“You can overcome anything, if and only if you love something enough.” – Lionel Messi

7) Junior Bridgeman (Basketball, net worth: $600 million)

6) Eddie Jordan (F1, net worth: $600 million)

5) Tiger Woods (Golf, net worth: $800 million)

Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer, and one of the most popular and notorious golfers of all time.

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.

“I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love.” – Tiger Woods



4) Anna Kasprak (Horse riding, net worth: $1 billion)

3) Ion Tiriac (Tennis, net worth: $1.2 billion)

2) Vince McMahon (WWE, net worth: $1.6 million)

1) Michael Jordan (Basketball, net worth: $2.2 billion)

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

Jordan has been acclaimed to be the best basketball player of all time, and since retiring has now become the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

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

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan



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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