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Forbes Releases 2015 List Of World’s 100 Highest Paid Athletes

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Mayweather, Woods and Now Pacquiao Only Athletes To Earn Nine Figures In One Year

FORBES has released the annual ranking of the World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes.

The top 100 athletes earned a total of $3.2 billion over the last 12 months, which is a 17 per cent increase from the prior year.

The blockbuster showdown between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fuelled much of the $460 million earnings increase in 2015.

Mayweather tops the list for the second year in a row and third time overall.  Mayweather, Woods and now Pacquiao are the only athletes to earn nine-figures in one year.

The list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes consists of players from ten different sports. Baseball with 27 players, basketball 18, football 16 and soccer 15 make up three-quarters of the list combined.

Cricket and track and field both placed one athlete on the list. Other sports include tennis with seven players, golf with six players, racing six drivers and boxing with three.

There are no hockey players on the list for a fourth straight year. The cutoff for the top 100 keeps rising and is now $18.8 million, up from $17.3 million last year and $16.4 million in 2013.

Methodology: Forbes’ earnings figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, as well as licensing and endorsement income for the past 12 months.

Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing fees for the 12 months through June 1 based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders.

The list only includes athletes active during the last 12 months.