Athletes are some of the most hardworking, and the wealthiest people in the world. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 Richest Olympians in the World, with their estimated net worths, and how they’ve managed to rake in such a massive amount of cash!
Brian Anthony Boitano is an iconic figure skater from Sunnyvale, California, United States. He won the Olympic champion in 1988 and the 1985-1988 U.S National Champion.
As of 2019, Boitano’s estimated net worth is around $18 Million dollars.
Zara Tindall is a British Olympian, who’s made it to Top 20 richest Olympians. She is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth. Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, and she is the 18th in the line of succession to the British throne. In 2012, when the Olympics took place in England, she carried an Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse on her horse Toytown.
The Queens granddaughter’s net worth is estimated to be $20 Million dollars, making #19 on the list of richest Olympians in the world.
Ray Bourque is a retired Canadian professional hockey player. He holds an impressive number of records for most goals, points, and assists as a defense man in the NHL.
As of 2019, Bourque’s net worth is roughly around $20 Million dollars.
Oksana Baiul net value is same as Tindall and Bourque’s. She is a former Ukrainian figure skater. The Ukrainian athlete won the 1993 World champion and the following year she became the 1994 Olympic champion. She made headlines for her victory because she is the first Olympic champion of independent Ukraine.
Baiul’s net value is $20 Million dollars, making the iconic skater the 17th on the richest Olympians list.
Mark Spitz is one of the greatest athletes in American history. He is a retired American swimmer and a nine-time Olympic medalist. The legendary sportsman set a new world record in 1972 in all seven events in which he competed in.
His net worth is estimated to be roughly $20 Million dollars.
Scott Hamilton is a former American figure skater and an Olympic gold medalist. Hamilton has won four U.S championships, four World Championships and won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics for The U.S.
Hamilton’s net worth is estimated at $30 Million dollars.
White has many accomplishments under his belt because is professional snowboarder, skateboarder, and a musician. White is a three-time Olympic gold medalist(2006, 2010 and 2018). He also holds the record for the most gold medals won at X-Games and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder-ever.
Shaun White’s net worth is growing because he hasn’t retired from the sports, and he is estimated to be worth $40 Million dollars.
Greg LeMond is said to be the greatest cyclist in American history. He is a former professional road racing cyclist from the United States who won gold medals in the Road Race World Championship twice (1983 and 1989), the Tour de France three times (1986, 1989 and 1990).
LeMond’s net worth is $40 Million dollars.
Armstrong is amongst the most legendary (and the most controversial) athletes of his time. He is a retired American road cyclist who has been competing successfully in the sport since the age of 16. At the age of 25, he was diagnosed with cancer, which spread to his brain, lungs, and abdomen. After being declared cancer-free, he got back into the sport and proved the naysayers wrong by winning titles again.
Armstrong is worth an estimated $50 million.
Not only is Phelps the most successful swimmer in Olympian history, but also the most decorated. In the course of his career, he has represented the U.S and took home the gold on numerous occasions. He holds many records in swimming and is considered to be one of the greatest swimmers the world has ever seen.
Michael Phelps’ net worth is said to be roughly $55 Million dollars.
Bolt is a legendary Jamaican former sprinter who shattered the world record in the 200 meters, 100 meters, and 4 x 100 meters relay. He is said to be the best and fastest sprinter the world has ever seen.
Bolt makes it to the top 10 on the richest Olympians list that we’ve rounded up with a massive $60 Million dollars.
The former Mrs. Trump was chosen as an alternate on the Czechoslovak ski team during the 1972 Winter Olympics. After her stint in the Olympics, she went on to become a model, a businesswoman, and Mrs. Trump. Through the years she has dipped her toes in many successful projects which only increased her net value.
Ivana Trumps’ estimated net worth is $60 million.
Jenner needs no introduction because her name is synonymous with pop culture. She is the infamous (former) step-father of Kim Kardashian and the father of Kendall and Kylie Jenner (and Brody Jenner of The Hills fame). What many don’t know is that she is a retired Olympic gold medal-winning athlete. Kris Jenners ex-husband won the 1976 Olympics decathlon event in Montreal, Canada and she is considered to be one of the world’s greatest athletes ever.
Jenner has starred in numerous reality shows, including Keeping Up With The Kardashians and then starring in her own. The former athlete was once a renowned public speaker, and after transitioning to a woman released collaboration with MAC. Jenner is valued at $100 Million.
Federer is the successful male tennis player in history with a record-breaking 20 Grand Slam titles. The renowned tennis player has competed in four Olympics for his native Switzerland. In the course of his career, he has won two Olympic medals—a gold medal in doubles in 2008 in Beijing with partner Stan Wawrinka. He also won a silver medal in the men’s singles back in 2012 when he famously lost to Andy Murray in the finals in London.
LeBron James is a force to be reckoned with and a living legend. He started out at the tender age of 19 with a single NBA season under his belt, when he took part in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece.
The U.S. men’s basketball team, which LeBron was part of, won the bronze medal that year. The basketball player later went on to win the gold in the next two Summer Olympics. He also has four NBA MVP awards, three NBA title, and three NBA Finals MVP awards.
With so many titles and sponsorship deals it’s no surprise that LeBron net value is around $400 million.
O’Neal is a four-time NBA champion and 15-time NBA All-Star winner. Shaq left his home turf and represented the U.S in the 1996 Olympics in a particularly dominant U.S. men’s basketball squad at the Summer Games in Atlanta.
Shaq’s current “Inside the NBA” co-star Charles Barkley was also part of the same team, which won every game in Atlanta by more than 20 points.
In addition to his work as a sports analyst, Shaq is among the highest-paid retired athletes in the world thanks to many sponsorships and business deals.
In 2004, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was just 19 the time, played for one of the world’s premier professional soccer clubs, Manchester United. He was later chosen to be a member of Portugal’s Olympic soccer team. Portugal did not make it to the medal round, and the soccer player hasn’t competed in another Olympics since then.
Now, Ronaldo plays for Portugal’s national team, and the Real Madrid club in Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth is a staggering $450 million, which makes him one of the world’s highest-paid soccer stars.
#3 on our round up of richest Olympians is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather is one of boxing’s greatest reportedly hauled in well over $200 million for his headline-making fight last summer with UFC champion Conor McGregor. It brings his entire career earnings in the boxing ring up past a mind-blowing $1 billion. Despite Mayweather’s exceptional 50-0 record as a professional boxer, he has one significant loss—a controversial judgment in the semifinals of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Many say that he was robbed of a gold medal (he ended up getting the bronze).
Ion Tiriac is one of the world’s real-life most interesting man, with an awe-inspiring tale to greatness. He is considered to be Romania national heroes. He represented his country as a team member of the ice hockey team at the 1964 Winter Olympics. In the 1970s Ion became a top-10-ranked professional tennis player, and later, a rich business manager for athletes like Boris Becker.
The sports star then ventured beyond sports to gain status as an international entrepreneur, with investments that include stakes in auto dealerships, insurance companies, and petroleum distribution.
And #1 on the list of richest Olympians in the world is Michael Jordan. This man needs no introduction! The basketball star led the United States men’s basketball team to win gold medals in two Olympics. Starting out as a college player in 1984 he went on to become the reigning NBA regular season and Finals MVP. He is considered to be the greatest basketball player the world has ever seen.
Jordan is a six-time NBA title winner and an unbelievable 10-time NBA scoring champion. Do you know what else? He is the name behind the most powerful brand in basketball sneakers as well.
Forbes has reported that over the years M.J has made a pre-tax total of $1.3 billion in sponsorships, with maximum share coming from Nike and the highly successful Air Jordan brand.