Tiger Woods, the ‘Emperor of Golf’, ranked 2nd after Michael Jordan (above the USA), the ‘Emperor of Basketball’, among the top 50 earners in modern professional sports, and a total of 8 golf players were ranked.
Sportico, a sports industry news site, announced on the 8th (Korean time) the 50 highest-earning sports players of all time, including media reports and industry insider information, and reflecting inflation and other prices. Not just salary, but bonuses, prizes, purses, warranties, licenses, royalties, souvenirs, book deals, media, appearances and golf course design costs.
Jordan, an NBA star, earned $2.37 billion, which was $3.3 billion adjusted for inflation. Jordan, who is also the representative model of Nike, also owns shares in Nike.
Woods’ income for 28 years since his professional debut in 1996 was $1.77 billion, but the inflation-adjusted amount was $2.5 billion. However, while Jordan is retired, Woods has not retired and is steadily earning income from course design and event participation through his foundation TGR, so his gap of $ 1.2 billion can be caught up.
Arnold Palmer, who was called ‘King’ and led the stardom of golf, came in 3rd and earned $ 885 million during his lifetime, but when reflecting today’s prices, it was $ 1.7 billion. Even after his death in 2016, Farmer’s annual income of $40 million is still being collected by his descendants.
‘Golden Bear’ Jack Nicklaus came in at number four, with face earnings of $870 million but inflation-adjusted earnings of $1.63 billion. The Nicklaus Company earns revenue from golf course design, golf and real estate community development, and marketing and licensing of a wide range of lifestyle products worldwide under the Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. However, personally, he passed on a significant amount of his income to his children, and since then his company has been affiliated with 8AM Golf and has nothing to do with Nicklaus personally.
Next on the list were soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, NBA’s LeBron James, soccer’s Lionel Messi, boxing’s Floyd Mayweather and tennis’ Roger Federer. Phil Mickelson ranks 10th with inflation-adjusted earnings of $1.36 billion. 온라인바카라
‘Great White Shark’ Greg Norman, who founded LIV Golf, sponsored by Saudi Arabia last year and serves as CEO, ranked 15th with an inflation-adjusted profit of $100 million. While receiving money from the Saudis, Norman also owns a dozen companies, like Nicklaus, that include course design, apparel and wine under his own brand.
Ernie Els of South Africa ranked 31st with inflation-adjusted earnings of $625 million. Els also has a diverse business portfolio, including course design, wine, and dog food.
Gary Player, the ‘Black Knight’, ranked 35th with an inflation-adjusted income of $610 million, and like Nicklaus and Palmer, he made his income with numerous golf course design works and 36 books on fitness. However, since last year, he has been struggling with property disputes such as selling souvenirs with his children and grandchildren and trademark rights.
Rory McIlroy is one of the youngest athletes on the Spotico list. He has accumulated his earnings since his 2007 pro debut, ranking 43rd with $545 million in adjusted earnings.
On the other hand, the total face income of this top 50 list is 33.2 billion dollars as of the end of last year, and when converted to inflation, it reaches 45.9 billion dollars. Athletes who have died are cumulative of their earnings during their lifetime and include both men and women.
If you look at the nationality of 50 people, there are 17 countries, and NBA stars are the most with 13 people. Serena Williams (USA) of tennis is the only female player with $600 million. Among the top 25 players, 8 are currently active, including Woods and Mickelson.