Advertisement
Advertisement

Mayweather Tops Sports Illustrated's New Fortunate 50

New York, NY – The ninth annual SI.com ( www.si.com ) Fortunate 50 list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes was announced today and for the first time since this began, Tiger Woods is not No.1. He’s not even No.2. That honor goes once again to Phil Mickelson. The new No.1 (for now) is boxing great Floyd Mayweather, whose $85 million is based entirely on his salary/winnings, no endorsement dollars. This is completely different from Mickelson and Woods, who received roughly 95% of their yearly intake from endorsements .

Mayweather is followed by Mickelson who raked in a whopping $60.7 million. The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Woods ($56.4MM), Kobe Bryant ($48.2MM), LeBron James ($45.8MM), Alex Rodriguez ($33.5MM), Peyton Manning ($31MM), Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($28.1MM), Derek Jeter ($27.7MM) and Larry Fitzgerald ($26.7MM)  The average earnings for the top 50 American athletes is $25.85MM.

Woods total earnings is lowest it has been since the Fortunate 50 list began in 2004 and his endorsement dollars were down $5 million from 2011.

The SI.com Fortunate 50 Top Ten:

 

Name

Sport

Total

Salary/Winning

Endorsements

2010

1

Floyd Mayweather

Pro Boxing

$85,000,000

$85,000,000

$0

N/A

2

Phil Mickelson

Pro Golf

$60,763,488

$3,763,488

$57,000,000

2

3

Tiger Woods

Pro Golf

$56,440,238

$1,940,238

$54,500,000

1

4

Kobe Bryant

NBA

$48,286,000

$20,286,000

$28,000,000

6

5

LeBron James

NBA

$45,880,000

$12,880,000

$33,000,000

3

6

Alex Rodriguez

MLB

$33,500,000

$31,000,000

$3,500,000

5

7

Peyton Manning

NFL

$31,000,000

$18,000,000

$13,000,000

4

8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR

$28,164,690

$4,164,690

$24,000,000

13

9

Derek Jeter

MLB

$27,729,364

$15,729,364

$12,000,000

22

10

Larry Fitzgerald

NFL

$26,750,000

$26,750,000

$500,000

N/A

The 2011 Fortunate 50 list features 19 baseball players, 13 basketball players, 11 football players, four NASCAR drivers, two golfers and one boxer. There are 15 athletes on the 2012 list that were absent in 2011; four newcomers from the NFL cracked the top 20: Mayweather, Fitzgerald, Mario Williams (No. 13, $25.5MM) and Derrick Rose (No. 19, $23.8MM).

For the fourth year in a row, no female athletes were ranked in the top 50. For the 3rd straight year, the New York Yankees featured at least four players among the top 50 including Rodriquez, Jeter, CC Sabathia (No. 20, $23.8MM) and Mark Teixeira (No. 21, $23.3MM).

Tennis champ Roger Federer tops SI.com’s International 20 list of the 20 highest-earning international athletes. Making more than $51.4 million, Federer’s earnings kept him at the top spot for the 3rd year in a row. Soccer star David Beckham finished in 2nd with total earnings of $46 million.

Maria Sharapova (No.10, $26.5MM) was the only female to crack either list.

The average earnings among the International 20 reached a new high at $29.4MM. Barcelona FC star Lionel Messi made the top 5 again, coming in at No.3, earning $41.2 million this year.  Cristiano Ronaldo came in at No.4 with a total earning of $40.2MM and Fernando Alonso completes the top five, earning $40MM. The list features eighth soccer players, three motor sports racers, three MLB stars, three tennis players, one NBA star, one golfer and one boxer.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that SI.com has compiled the list of Fortunate 50 athletes. The findings consisted solely of salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees. We consulted players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports. Our endorsement estimates for 2012 came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salary figures were based on current or most recently completed seasons (July 1 for the NFL, which is why Drew Brees, who just signed a $100 million deal last Friday, isn't on the list). For winnings-based sports (auto racing, golf, tennis), we used the 2011 calendar year. Boxing purses are from June 2011 through May 2012. Candidates for the U.S. 50 had to be American citizens and currently active in their sports

The full list is available at SI.com/Fortunate50.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 07-19-2012

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;12345804]LMAO,,,,Yep always hated Pac, in sheeps clothing, he says he isn't biased but he IS,,, and Jumps at every chance to put hate out there. so funny[/QUOTE] I hate Pac because in your eyes I don't believe the hype around…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 07-17-2012

[QUOTE=KRAFTSMAN;12346986]I thought the whole point of being a fan is to see fights.[B] These fans of Floyd are content and happy seeing huge amounts of dollars being associated with their idol[/B].[COLOR="SeaGreen"] Dollars that were just thrown out there by Floyd…

Comment by KRAFTSMAN on 07-17-2012

I thought the whole point of being a fan is to see fights. These fans of Floyd are content and happy seeing huge amounts of dollars being associated with their idol. Dollars that were just thrown out there by Floyd…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 07-17-2012

[QUOTE=Panginoon;12345438]Why would I be jealous of a convicted felon who beats the mother of his children? 0 endorsements.[/QUOTE] Because he made 85 Million and you didn't. He made more than your man Manny with "0" endorsements while Pac has many.…

Comment by UrGonnaLooos on 07-17-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12344167]New York, NY – The ninth annual SI.com ([url]www.si.com[/url]) Fortunate 50 list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes was announced today and for the first time since this began, Tiger Woods is not No.1. He’s not even No.2. That honor…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (59)
Top Headlines Photos: Francisco Vargas Throws Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game Showtime Sues Top Rank: Mayweather-Pacquiao Legal Fee Dispute Fernando Montiel Not Looking To Retire, Plans To Fight Again Tony Bellew Gets Celebrity Backing as He Enters Makabu Fight Mike Tyson Lands Role in Reboot of The Kickboxer Franchise Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner Sugar Ray Leonard: I Told Mayweather I Would Have Beat Him Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov, John Molina Training For War Nate Diaz: I'd Whoop Mayweather, McGregor Asses in One Night! Margarito Says Ramon Alvarez Likely, Wants Canelo Next Roach: Pacquiao Can Return For Canelo, But Floyd is Bigger Draw Hassan N'Dam vs. Swierzbinski, Amar-Demchenko Will Go Ahead Agit Kabayel Helping Tyson Fury Prepare For Klitschko Rematch Casimero is Ready, Wants Roman Gonzalez Unification Next Fortune To McGregor: Forget Mayweather, Shut Up F***ing Yapper! Povetkin's Promoter Embraces WBC Ruling on Deontay Wilder Mike Tyson: Foolish Plan, But Olympic Amateurs Might Beat Pros Anthony Cacace, Barry McGuigan Decide To Part Ways Hearn Urges Haye To Face Whyte To Speed Up Road To Joshua Deontay Wilder Granted Permission To Make Voluntary By WBC Zolani Tete: Haskins and McDonnell are Holding My Titles Kathy Duva To Be Honored At 7th Annual Raging Babe Brunch Jurors Set For All-Star Boxing vs. Canelo/Golden Boy Lawsuit Jazza Dickens (Injury) Pulled From June 4 Liverpool Show Miguel Flores To Face Ruben Tamayo on PBC on FS1 Erislandy Lara Sees No Network Issues in Making Golovkin Fight Casimero Knocks Out Ruenroeng In Four, Wins Flyweight Crown Focal Point: Lebedev Rises To Top Of Red-Hot Cruiserweight Division Keith Thurman: We Don't Yet Know If Kell Brook is 'Really Special' Provodnikov: Golovkin Blows Out Canelo, GGG-Ward is The Fight Michael Buffer on The UK Scene and Tony Bellew Friendship Morrison, Johnson To Return On June 18 In Manchester Parker Eyes War With Joshua, Brushes Off Whyte's Trash Talk Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag Groves Feels Murray Never Recovered From Pounding By Golovkin Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Details Strategy, Camp For Molina Teddy Atlas: I Don't Think There is Any Interest in May-Pac Rematch Whyte Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch: I Want To Whup His Ass! Video: Joel Diaz on Recent Defeats of Victor Ortiz, Tim Bradley Custio Clayton Continues His Streak With Knockout Win
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement