Usain Bolt Ranks 45th on Forbes Magazine List of World’s 100 Richest Athletes

Usain Bolt on Forbes Richest Athletes list

Jamaican sprint legend and Olympic champion Usain Bolt is ranked at Number 45 on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 100 richest athletes in the world. Bolt earned $31 million in 2017. Together, the 100 highest-paid athletes received $3.8 billion in the past 12 months. This represents an increase of 21 percent over last year’s total.

Usain Bolt on Forbes Richest Athletes list

Usain Bolt on Forbes Richest Athletes list

The high pay was attributed to the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor and to the huge salary rise among players in the NBA. Basketball players dominated the list due to the soaring salaries paid in response to a $24 billion television contract. Male athletes have always represented the great majority of the top 100 wealthiest athletes in previous years, but there has always been at least one female athlete to make the ranking. No female athlete was included on the Forbes list this year, however. The lowest-paid athlete, who came in at Number 100 on Forbes’ List, was Nicholas Batum, a winger with the Charlotte Hornets. who received $22.9 million in the past year. As the lowest-paid athlete in the top 100, Batum still made $1.5 million more than the lowest-paid athlete listed the year before. Boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list, ranking as the Number One richest athlete after receiving nearly $300 million in earnings, while his opponent McGregor came in at Number Four on the list with $99 million after losing to Mayweather in ten rounds.

The list of the top 50 wealthiest athletes according to Forbes includes:

#1 Floyd Mayweather $285m Boxing
#2 Lionel Messi $111m Soccer
#3 Cristiano Ronaldo $108m Soccer
#4 Conor McGregor $99m Mixed Martial Arts
#5 Neymar $90m Soccer
#6 LeBron James $85.5m Basketball
#7 Roger Federer $77.2m Tennis
#8 Stephen Curry $76.9m Basketball
#9 Matt Ryan $67.3m American Football
#10 Matthew Stafford $59.5m American Football
#11 Kevin Durant $57.3m Basketball
#12 Lewis Hamilton $51m Auto Racing
#13 Russell Westbrook $47.6m Basketball
#14 James Harden $46.4m Basketball
#15 Canelo Alvarez $44.5m Boxing
#16 Tiger Woods $43.3m Golf
#17 Drew Brees $42.9m American Football
#18 Sebastian Vettel $42.3m Auto Racing
#19 Derek Carr $42.1m Football
#20 Rafael Nadal $41.4m Tennis
#20 Alex Smith $41.4m Football
#22 Phil Mickelson $41.3m Golf
#23 Jordan Spieth $41.2m Golf
#24 Damian Lillard $39.2m Basketball
#25 Anthony Joshua $39m Boxing
#26 Rory McIlroy $37.7m Golf
#27 Trumaine Johnson $37m American Football
#28 Jimmy Garoppolo $36.2m American Football
#29 Kyrie Irving $36.1m Basketball
#30 Giannis Antetokounmpo $35.5m Basketball
#30 Blake Griffin $35.5m Basketball
#32 Ryan Tannehill $35.2m American Football
#33 Von Miller $35.1m American Football
#34 Anthony Davis $34.9m Basketball
#35 Gareth Bale $34.6m Soccer
#35 Kei Nishikori $34.6m Tennis
#37 Clayton Kershaw $34.5m Baseball
#38 Carmelo Anthony $33.2m Basketball
#39 Fernando Alonso $33m Auto Racing
#39 Demar DeRozan $33m Basketball
#41 Chris Paul $31.9m Basketball
#42 Paul Millsap $31.8m Basketball
#42 Dwyane Wade $31.8m Basketball
#44 Klay Thompson $31.1m Basketball
#45 Usain Bolt $31m Track
#46 Gordon Hayward $30.8m Basketball
#47 David Price $30.7m Baseball
#48 Kyle Lowry $30.5m Basketball
#49 Albert Pujols $30.3m Baseball
#50 Mike Conley $30m

Information and Photo Source: Usain Bolt IG,  Forbes

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