May 28, 2023

Michael Jordan

With inflation-adjusted earnings of $3.3 billion and non-inflation-adjusted earnings of $2.37 billion, Michael Jordan is considered the highest-paid athlete of all time. His net worth is largely derived from his career earnings as a basketball player and his lucrative endorsement deals with major brands.

Tiger Woods 

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has earned $2.5 billion in inflation-adjusted earnings and $1.77 billion in non-inflation-adjusted earnings, making him one of the highest-paid athletes in history. His golf career and numerous endorsement deals have contributed to his wealth, although his earnings have been impacted by personal scandals in recent years.

Arnold Palmer 

Arnold Palmer’s inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.7 billion, and his non-inflation-adjusted earnings are $885 million. He was a legendary professional golfer and successful entrepreneur, with his eponymous iced tea and lemonade beverage still popular today.

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Jack Nicklaus 

Jack Nicklaus’ inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.63 billion, and his non-inflation-adjusted earnings are $870 million. He is widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, with 18 major championship wins and a successful course design business.

Cristiano Ronaldo 

Ronaldo's World Cup bid

Cristiano Ronaldo has earned $1.58 billion in inflation-adjusted earnings and $1.29 billion in non-inflation-adjusted earnings throughout his career. He is one of the most successful and popular soccer players of all time and has lucrative endorsement deals with major brands.

LeBron James 

FIFA Argentina

Lionel Messi’s inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.48 billion, and his non-inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.22 billion. He is a highly successful and popular soccer player and has endorsement deals with major brands such as Adidas and PepsiCo.

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Floyd Mayweather 

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather’s inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.41 billion, and his non-inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.11 billion. He is one of the most successful boxers of all time, with a perfect 50-0 record, and has earned significant wealth from his fights and lucrative endorsement deals.

Roger Federer 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer’s inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.38 billion, and his non-inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.1 billion. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time and has earned significant wealth from his tennis career and endorsement deals with brands such as Rolex and Credit Suisse.

Phil Mickelson 

Phil Mickelson’s inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.36 billion, and his non-inflation-adjusted earnings are $1.03 billion. He is a highly successful professional golfer with five major championship wins and has earned significant wealth from his golf career and endorsement deals with brands such as KPMG and Rolex.

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