5 Richest Athletes of All Time 2022

Richest Athletes of All Time 2022: We’re talking about the richest athletes of all time, all of them have one thing in common: They have made millions with basketball, soccer, or gold. Some of them are among the richest athletes of all time. Over the course of their careers, they have amassed huge fortunes through awards, salaries, and advertising income.  

Richest Athletes of All Time 2022

A look at the ranking shows: The five richest athletes of all time include three Americans. A German also made it into the top five. It is completed by a Romanian who was successful in two different sports.

Read about the fortunes of the richest athletes of all time and who even cracked the billion-dollar mark in the process. The data refer to the year 2021.

5: Michael Schuhmacher (Germany): 600 Million US Dollars

The German Ferrari driver has won seven world championship titles in his career.

Michael Schuhmacher is in fifth place in the ranking of the richest athletes of all time with a fortune of around  600 million US dollars. “Schumi” earned between 80 and 100 million US dollars annually with his long-standing Ferrari racing team until 2007.

Another 50 million US dollars of his income at the time came from advertising deals – including from the Rosbacher mineral water and his later team Mercedes. Michael Schuhmacher won the Formula 1 world championship title seven times.

He is still the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time. In 2013 he withdrew from the public after a skiing accident

4: Earvin “Magic” Johnson Junior (USA): 600 Million Dollars

“Magic” Johnson is considered one of the best basketball players. With a net worth of  $ 600 million, Johnson makes it onto the list of the richest athletes of all time. Until 1991 he played exclusively for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Meanwhile, the team won the NBA Championships five times. Magic Johnson made about $ 25 million annually. However, he built up a large part of his fortune with investments and as an advertising face.

After his 13-year career, he retired from the professional sport due to an HIV infection.

3: Tiger Woods (USA): 800 Million US Dollars

The professional golfer topped the world rankings for 683 weeks.

With Tiger Woods, another American makes it into the ranking of the richest athletes of all time. He was the first professional golfer to break the $ 100 million mark in prize money for golf tournaments with around $ 120 million.

Thanks to dozens of advertising deals, he now has a fortune totaling  800 million US dollars (677 million euros). During his career, he won 82 PGA tours, the most important golf tour in the USA.

In addition, he has made 20 confirmed hole-in-ones so far and led the world rankings for a full 683 weeks. In 2020 he will still be one of the best-paid athletes in the world.

2: Ion Tiriac (Romania): 1.2 Billion US Dollars

The now 81-year-old was first a successful ice hockey player until he switched to tennis.

Probably the most unknown in the top five richest athletes is former tennis and ice hockey player Ion Țiriac from Romania. The now 81-year-old was first a successful ice hockey player. In 1964 he took part in the Olympic Games. In addition, he pursued his second great passion: tennis. This later also became his main sport.

In doubles, he reached the Davis Cup final with Romania in 1972 and earned considerable sums of money. He made a name for himself when he was the manager and coach of Boris Becker.

But he made his fortune of around  1.2 billion US dollars (1.015 billion euros)  as an entrepreneur. “I was the first to turn tennis tournaments into real events, where not only athletes and spectators but also sponsors, TV stations, restaurateurs, and sporting goods manufacturers got their money’s worth,” he told Handelsblatt in 2005.

With his company Țiriac Group, he has specialized in various financial sectors. These include real estate, insurance, and banks, among others.

1: Michael Jordan (USA): 2.2 Billion US Dollars

Michael Jordan is a US basketball player who has played for the Chicago Bulls team for the majority of his career. Today he is considered one of the world’s best basketball players of all time. Jordon broke dozen of records in the NBA. These include the most MVP finals records and the highest overall NBA career point average with 30.1 points per game.

Through his work for the Chicago Bulls and with his own brand Jordan, the former shooting star of the NBA has a fortune of  2.2 billion US dollars (1.86 billion euros). Today he is the majority owner of his own basketball team, the Charlotte Hornets. Michael Jordan is currently the richest athlete of all time.

The richest athletes of all time in the 2021 table

PlaceNameLandCurrent assets
1.Michael JordanUSA 2.2 Billion US Dollars
2.Ion ȚiriacRomania 1.2 Billion US Dollars
3.Tiger WoodsUSA 800 Million US Dollars
4.Earvin Johnson JuniorUSA 600 Million Dollars
5.Michael SchumacherGermany 600 Million US Dollars

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