Jordan has a jaw-dropping personal wealth amounting to about $1,7 billion (R23,2 billion), making him the highest-paid athlete ever, according to Forbes.
This isn’t surprising when one considers all of the athlete’s endorsements and earnings from his basketball career however. Jordan has accumulated more than $93 million (R1,27 billion) over 15 seasons and has multiple endorsements, with some of his biggest being McDonald’s, Hanes, Nike, Gatorade and others.
In fact, just earlier this year Nike paid Jordan more than $100 million (R1,37 billion) for the continued success of the Jordan Brand – also keep in mind that he receives royalties on each shoe, hoodie and shorts sold from the Nike Jordan brand.
Tiger Woods holds the second spot on the list with a personal wealth amounting to $1,67 billion (R22,8 billion). Woods had topped the list comfortably for the past 11 years consecutively. The third and fourth place were taken by golfers Arnold Palmer ($1,35 billion [R18,5 billion]) and Jack Nicholaus ($1,15 billion [15,7 billion]) respectively.
F1 racer Michael Schumacher wrapped up the top 5 with a personal wealth of $1 billion (R13,68 billion)
Lionel Messi made history as the youngest athlete to make it to the top 20 list of highest-paid athletes ever, coming in at number 17 ($520 million [R7,1 billion]). But he still didn’t beat Cristiano Ronaldo who came in 14th ($620 million [R8,5 billion]).
Here are the top 10 highest-paid athletes ever:
1. Michael Jordan $1,7 billion (R23,2 billion)
2. Tiger Woods $1,67 billion (R22,8 billion)
3. Arnold Palmer $1,35 billion (R18,47 billion)
4. Jack Nicklaus $1,15 billion (R15,7 billion)
5. Michael Schumacher $1 billion (R13,68 billion)
6. Kobe Bryant $770 million (R10,5 billion)
7. Floyd Mayweather, Jr $765 million (R10,4 billion)
8. Phil Mickelson $760 million (R10, 3 billion)
9. David Beckham $730 million (R9,98 billion)
10. Shaquille O’Neal $700 million (R9,58 billion)