The Americans love watching sports and games on television that have sparked up conversations over our favourite teams over friend and family gatherings or at our work place. With a mass fan base embracing sports from all over the world like Europe’s soccer league that sets them ablaze and inspired them to follow the road towards great athleticism and incredible sportsmanship. These great athletes truly deserved to be on the top of their game and get rewarded with fame and fortune. These are the top 10 richest athletes in the US in 2018.
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- 10. Lebron James- $300 million
- 9. Magic Johnson- $500 million
- 8. Roger Staubach- $600 million
- 7. Floyd Mayweather- $620 million
- 6. Tiger Woods- $700 million
- 5. Arnold Palmer- $675 million
- 4. Vince McMahon- $750 million
- 3. Michael Schumacher- $800 million
- 2. Michael Jordan- $1.1 billion
- 1. Ion Tiriac- $2.2 billion
10. Lebron James- $300 million
Lebron James was the number one pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, has won 4 NBA titles and 3 Most Important Player Prize. He also led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2011 and 2013 and was the NBA’s youngest player to have won Rookie of the Year. With consistent victories over the years, Lebron has soared his way to the top of his game making him extremely popular among the NBA fans and a Cleveland icon.
9. Magic Johnson- $500 million
In his debut season Earvin “Magic” Johnson has won a title and an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, later heading to win four more titles in the 1980’s. He was a revolutionary player standing at 6 feet 9 inches tall and was the tallest point guard in league history. With being considered as one of the greatest basketball player of all time, he led his life into great fortune and fame through mass media and an ever-growing fan base buying his merchandise.
8. Roger Staubach- $600 million
Robert Staubach is an American football quarterback nicknamed “Captain America”, “Captain Comeback” and “Rodger the Dodger” being a prominent athlete in the National Football League (NFL). Throughout his career, he led his team to the Super Bowl five times and led the Cowboys to victory in the 8th and 7th Super Bowl. He accomplished a career high of excellence and rose to great fame. He then used the money to establish a real estate business called The Staubach Company.
7. Floyd Mayweather- $620 million
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is known as the greatest modern era boxer who followed in the footsteps of the late Mohammad Ali. He broke several records throughout his career and fought at sold out arenas during PPV’s. Mayweather won several championships including the lineal title in five weight divisions. His matches are considered as one of the most expensive boxing matches in history.
6. Tiger Woods- $700 million
Tiger Woods is considered one of the greatest golf players in sports history with holding the record of most consecutive victories in an event, most wins at one course, and the youngest player to win The Master’s Tournament at age 21. He was the leading icon of the PGA tour and is the highest paid golf player as well. Woods also holds a 11-1 record as the best playoff wins in his career. He invested his great fortune to establish The Woods Foundation that provides quality experiences and innovation in educational opportunities worldwide.
5. Arnold Palmer- $675 million
Considered as one of the most charismatic sportsman in history, Arnold Palmer has one various trophies in the PGA tour. He was known as “The King of Golf” that has earned a fortune throughout his career winning 93 tournaments around the globe. He also proved to be a successful businessman and invested aviation and automobile companies that earned him a fortune putting him on number 5 on the richest athletes.
4. Vince McMahon- $750 million
Vince Kennedy McMahon is a successful businessman who is the current chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). WWE is one of the most watched sports entertainment on television and is a star attraction among fans from all over the globe. From merchandise to pay per views, Vince owns most of the company’s stake and has led him to great fame and fortune throughout his career with his income staggering at $750 million.
3. Michael Schumacher- $800 million
Formula One legend, Michael Schumacher is one of the most well-known athletes in sports history. The German driver is a six-time world champion and is known as one of the best formula one drivers in racing history yielding five titles consistently between 2000 and 2004. He stood iconic throughout his career inspiring racing fans from all over the globe which amassed his fame and fortune greatly putting him at number 3 on the richest American athletes.
2. Michael Jordan- $1.1 billion
Michael Jordan is considered as the greatest basketball player in the history. He led his team, the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards to win a number of NBA championships throughout his career. He gained immense popularity among NBA fans from all over the world and eventually made his way into Hollywood where he earned a great deal of fortune. Michael Jordan owns a successful sport merchandise business called “Jordan” and sells his products all over the world which makes him one of the most successful athletes in the world.
1. Ion Tiriac- $2.2 billion
Ion Tiriac first appeared internationally as an ice hockey player at the 1964 Winter Olympics. He then switched to playing tennis and won the 1970 French Open doubles tournament and the Davis cup. With a number of successful wins throughout his career, he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. Tiriac then invested his great fortune in real estate, automobile dealerships and oil distribution and owns a stake at the Allianz-Tiriac company. He also owns museums in Romania showcasing exotic cars including Jaguars, Rolls Royce and Ferraris. He is thus the wealthiest athlete in the US with a whopping net income of $2.2 billion.
These athletes have greatly contributed to their country and shown a great deal of sportsmanship throughout their career. Fighting all odds and overcoming obstacles in life to be the greatest have brought them the fortune they deserved. They have set examples for the future of their respective sports, inspiring millions from all over the globe.