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Saturday, April 02, 2016
TOP TEN RICHEST SPORTSMEN!!!!
10. Kobe Bryant
Total Earnings – $49.5 million; Sport: Basketball
The 17-time All Star and 5 time NBA Champion has been able to play only 41 games, owing to injuries, over the last two seasons. However, he has been laughing his way to the bank. For the fifth straight year, Kobe Bryant is the highest paid NBA player at $23.5 million. Sexual assault charges derailed his endorsement deals and marketing pundits vowed that he would never achieve the same level of endorsements again.
The charges were eventually dropped. By leading the Lakers to two consecutive Championships in 2009 and 2010, Bryant achieved one of the biggest marketing comebacks in the history of sports. His deals with Nike, Lenovo, Hublot and Panini have helped him stay put as one of the top 10 richest athletes in 2015.
9. Tiger Woods
Total Earnings – $50.6 million; Sport: Golf
The Thanksgiving of 2009 saw the life and career of the World’s greatest golfer fall apart. That night Tiger Woods, one of the World’s highest paid athletes for several years, was chased around by his wife with a golf club.
Exposed as a serial cheater, Woods had no place to hide. Overnight he lost deals with Nike, Gatorade, Gillette and Accenture. Gillette and Accenture alone earned him about $25 million a year. Following this revelation that shook the sporting world, though Woods’ game fell apart he earned $54 million which was roughly half of what he earned before the scandal.
His comeback in the game was a pretty muted one. However that has not stopped this 14-time Major winner from picking new endorsement deals with MusclePharm and Hero Motorcycles. His golf course design business has picked up since 2014 and has been making waves in Mexico, China and Dubai.
8. Phil Mickelson
Total Earnings – $50.8 million; Sport: Golf
Nicknamed ‘Lefty’, Phil Mickelson is an American professional golfer who has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, 5 Major Championships, 3 Masters titles, a PGA Championship and an Open Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.
Mickelson earns more than $40 million annually from endorsement partners Callaway, Barclays, KPMG, Exxon Mobil, Rolex and Amgen. His partnership with Callaway, which began in 2004, got a shot in the arm last year when Mickelson signed a multi-year deal. His $77 million career prize money ranks him second all time.