15 richest sportsmen in the world: A new ranked list of the wealthiest athletes right now

15 richest sportsmen in the world: A new ranked list of the wealthiest athletes right now

Claudia Kogi, Adrianna Simwa
November 19, 2023 at 3:31 PM

Many famous athletes worldwide are well-known for being the best in their field of sport. Although most of these athletes have retired, they continue to enhance their legacies by investing in various businesses and consequently becoming the richest sportsmen in the world.

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Professional athletes earn a fortune from their profession, and some are listed among the richest people in the world. In this article, find more about the top 15 athletes right now and their net worth.

Top 15 richest sportsmen in the world

If there is one conspicuous thing about athletes in general, it is a fact they all boast high monetary success with several zeros and commas in their bank figures. The likes of Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi, and Ion Tiriac can never miss out on such a list. Here is a list of the richest and greatest athletes of all time.

15. David Beckham - $450 million

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David Beckham attends the 67th Ballon D'Or Photocall at Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris, France. Photo: Marc Piasecki
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  • Full name: David Robert Joseph Beckham
  • Date of birth: 2 May 1975
  • Age: 48 years (as of 2023)

David Beckham is the president and co-owner of Salford City. He was the first football player from Britain to participate in 100 UEFA Champions League matches. After a 20-year career in which he won 19 major prizes, he retired in May 2013. David Beckham's net worth is $450 million.

14. Cristiano Ronaldo - $500 million

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr FC celebrates after winning the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Nassr and Al-Khaleej at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Justin Setterfield
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  • Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos
  • Date of birth: 5 February 1985
  • Age: 38 years (as of 2023)

Cristiano Ronaldo plays as a forward and captains both Al Nassr and the Portugal national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Cristiano has scored over 850 official senior career goals for club and country, making him the top goal scorer of all time. Cristiano is the highest-paid soccer player, with a salary of $260 million. As of 2023, Cristiano Ronaldo's net worth is alleged to be $500 million.

13. Roger Federer - $550 million

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Roger Federer attends Fans Day on Day 12 of the 2023 Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. Photo: Fred Lee
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  • Full name: Roger Federer
  • Date of birth: 8 August 1981
  • Age: 42 years (as of 2023)

Roger Federer is a former Swiss tennis player who has won 20 Grand Slam men's titles. Federer ranked first among all athletes with $100 million in endorsement money in 2020 and was consistently in the top ten highest-paid sportsmen in any sport. Roger Federer's net worth is estimated to be $550 million.

12. LeBron James - $600 million

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers looks up during the game against the Phoenix Suns during the In-Season Tournament at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Kate Frese
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  • Full name: LeBron Raymone James Sr.
  • Date of birth: 30 December 1984
  • Age: 38 years (as of 2023)

LeBron James is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and ranks fourth in career assists. Apart from his salary, he makes his wealth from deals with brands such as Nike, AT&T, PepsiCo and Walmart. LeBron James' net worth is $600 million.

11. Roger Staubach - $600 million

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Roger Staubach speaks onstage during Spirit of the Dream Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. Photo: Cindy Ord
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  • Full name: Roger Thomas Staubach
  • Date of birth: 5 February 1942
  • Age: 81 years (as of 2023)

Roger Staubach is an American former professional football player. He played as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for 11 seasons. Roger became the first of four players to win the Most Valuable Player. He was executive chairman of the Americas region of Jones Lang LaSalle until his retirement in 2018. As of 2023, Roger Staubach's net worth is $600 million.

10. Michael Schumacher - $600 million

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Michael Schumacher of Germany posed on the go-cart circuit on 1 September 1991 in Kerpen, Germany. Photo: Bongarts
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  • Full name: Michael Schumacher
  • Date of birth: 3 January 1969
  • Age: 54 years (as of 2023)

Michael Schumacher is a former German racing driver who competed in Formula One for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes and had a joint record of seven World Drivers' Championship titles.

At the time of his retirement from the sport in 2012, he held the records for the most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes. Michael Schumacher's net worth is $600 million. He is among the top ten richest sportsmen in the world today.

9. Lionel Messi - $600 million

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Lionel Messi, #10 of Inter Miami, CF dribbles the ball against the New York City FC during the second half at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo: Rich Storry
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  • Full name: Lionel Andrés Messi
  • Date of birth: 24 June 1987
  • Age: 36 years (as of 2023)

Lionel Messi is an Argentine-based professional soccer player who captains both Major League Soccer club Inter Miami and the Argentina national team. He has made most of his fortune through salary, endorsements, and sponsorships.

Besides his illustrious career as a famous football player, Lionel Messi is renowned for winning several trophies, including his most recent one, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Messi earns a significant salary as a professional soccer player and has also signed endorsement deals with major brands such as Adidas, Pepsi, and Gatorade. Lionel Messi's net worth is $600 million. The football player is considered one of the 10 richest sportsmen in the world today.

8. Junior Bridgeman - $600 million

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Junior Bridgeman attends the 2022 EBONY Power 100 at Milk Studios Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. Photo: JC Olivera
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  • Full name: Ulysses Lee Junior Bridgeman
  • Date of birth: 17 September 1953
  • Age: 70 years (as of 2023)

Ulysses Lee Junior Bridgeman is a retired American-based professional basketball player and a successful entrepreneur. He played in the National Basketball League for 12 years and currently owns the Ebony and Jet magazines.

He made most of his fortune through entrepreneurship, making him one of the richest sportsmen in the world. Junior Bridgeman's net worth is alleged to be $600 million.

7. Eddie Jordan - $600 million

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Eddie Jordan attends Royal Ascot 2015 at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. Photo: Kirstin Sinclair
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  • Full name: Edmund Patrick Jordan
  • Date of birth: 30 March 1948
  • Age: 75 years (as of 2023)

Eddie Jordan is an Irish-based former racing driver and businessman who has amassed a thanks to his successful career in Formula One racing.

Additionally, he is the founder and owner of the Jordan Grand Prix and the lead analyst for F1 coverage on BBC Channel 4. This success has ranked him among the top richest athletes in the world. Eddie Jordan's net worth is $600 million.

6. Magic Johnson - $800 million

  • Full name: Earvin Magic Johnson Jr
  • Date of birth: 14 August 1959
  • Age: 64 years (as of 2023)

Earvin Magic Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player and a successful entrepreneur. The bulk of his net worth comes from his career salary, brand endorsements, and various investments.

Currently, he has numerous investments and is the chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, a diversified holding company that invests in various industries. Magic Johnson's net worth of $630 million ranks him amongst the richest sportsmen in the world as of 2023.

5. Anna Kasprzak - $1 billion

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Anna Kasprzak of Denmark rides Donnperignon during the Longines FEI World Cup Final Dressage on 27 March 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo: Scoop Dyga
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  • Full name: Anna Kasprzak
  • Date of birth: 8 December 1989
  • Age: 33 years (as of 2023)

Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider and Olympic athlete who earned most of her net worth through prize money, sponsorships, and brand endorsement deals. She is the only female athlete to make it to the list of the wealthiest athletes of all time.

She has endorsement deals with companies in the equestrian industry and other relatable fields. The Danish dressage rider has also made her fortune through other ventures, such as coaching and training. Anna Kasprzak's net worth is $1 billion

4. Tiger Woods - $1.1 billion

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Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the 18th hole during the continuation of the weather-delayed second round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Ross Kinnaird
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  • Full name: Eldrick Tont Tiger Woods
  • Date of birth: 30 December 1975
  • Age: 47 years (as of 2023)

Eldrick Tont Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer and one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Woods is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time and one of the world's most famous athletes.

Woods has won numerous golf tournaments throughout his career, including the Masters, the PGA Championship, and the US Open, contributing to his income. Tiger Woods' net worth is $1.1 billion.

3. Ion Tiriac - $1.2 billion

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Ion Tiriac attends day 2 of the French Open 2015 at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Photo: Jean Catuffe
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  • Full name: Ion Tiriac
  • Date of birth: 9 May 1939
  • Age: 84 years (as of 2023)

Ion Tiriac is a Romanian businessman and a former professional tennis and ice hockey player who has amassed a significant net worth. He earned most of his fortune as a businessman and from his tennis career.

Additionally, he ventured into real estate, auto, and financial services and later founded the Tiriac group. He also owns a collection of more than 400 models of cars and motorcycles. As of 2023, Ion Tiriac's net worth is $1.2 billion.

2. Michael Jordan - $3 billion

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Michael Jordan attends a press conference before the NBA Paris Game match between Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in Paris, France. Photo: Aurelien Meunier
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  • Full name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
  • Date of birth: 17 February 1963
  • Age: 60 years (as of 2023)

Michael Jordan is one of the richest sportsmen in the world as of 2023. The retired American basketball player is currently a product endorser, team owner, and entrepreneur. He has garnered most of his net worth through salary, endorsement deals, and investments.

The legendary basketball player earned tens of millions of dollars in salary during his playing career from 1984 to 2003. Michael Jordan's net worth is $3 billion.

1. Vince McMahon - $3.2 billion

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WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller
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  • Full name: Vincent Kennedy McMahon
  • Date of birth: 24 August 1945
  • Age: 78 years (as of 2023)

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a retired American wrestler, current chairman, and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE. Under his leadership, WWE has grown to be the world's largest professional wrestling company, with him being the majority shareholder. Vince McMahon's net worth is $3.2 billion.

Summary table of the richest sportsmen in the world



Net worth


Vince McMahon

$3.2 billion


Michael Jordan

$3 billion


Ion Tiriac

$1.2 billion


Tiger Woods

$1.1 billion


Anna Kasprzak

$1 billion


Magic Johnson

$800 million


Eddie Jordan

$600 million


Junior Bridgeman

$600 million


Lionel Messi

$600 million


Michael Schumacher

$600 million


Roger Staubach

$600 million


LeBron James

$600 million


Roger Federer

$550 million


Cristiano Ronaldo

$500 million


David Beckham

$450 million

All these athletes have been the best in whatever they have set as their targets, with each of them acquiring high monetary success in their respective fields. Whether Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, or Lionel Messi, each of these athletes is among some of the richest sportsmen in the world. published interesting facts about The Undertaker's ex-wife, Sara Calaway. Sara is a former American model, pro wrestler, and valet. She was married to The Undertaker for seven years.

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