Being a sportsperson is not an easy job. You constantly put your body on the limit and stretch it to its very limits, and sometimes that is just about what it takes to become the best in the sport.
But when being a sportsperson means representing your country internationally on a stage such as the Olympics, that just takes things to a whole different level.
While that means an unmeasurable amount of fame and success, it also means a lot of financial welfare coming your way.
Today we are looking at the richest Olympians in the world. These are athletes who have made their countries very proud but also gained lots of riches in the process.
Shaun White is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He is known mostly for his impressive snowboarding skills, which have won him numerous medals and awards over the course of his career.
He has won gold in each of his Olympic appearances and also has the most number of gold and total medals for any X-Games athlete ever.
His talents have earned him almost 60 million dollars in net worth, with many sponsorships such as Redbull, Oakley, HP, Beats by Dre, etc.
Anyone who knows a little bit about swimming knows who Michael Phelps is. He is simply that well-known and famous.
Arguably the most celebrated Olympian of all time, Michael has the most number of Olympic medals for any athlete, 28, out of which 23 are gold. His performances have earned him loads of money, and so have his sponsor deals, which earn him almost 9.8 million dollars per year.
He is the face of many famous brands such as Colgate, Kellog’s, Louis Vuitton, Speedo, and Omega.
The fastest man on the planet has a lot of fan following, and his performances on the track have certainly backed him up.
Usain has won the Olympic medal 8 times and holds the fastest lap time for both 100 meters and 200 meters.
His sponsor works have earned him almost 20 million dollars per year, out of which he has earned 10 million from his sports kits provider Puma.
Georgina is a professional equestrian and owner of the New York Empire equestrian team.
She has represented the USA in the Rio Olympics and many other national and international tournaments. She has won multiple awards and medals because of these competitions.
Her talent in horseriding has earned a lot of prize money and now she has a net worth of 100 million dollars.
Caitlyn Jenner is an American athlete, who won the decathlon gold medal in the 1976 Olympics.
She recently came out as a transgender woman and her work in endorsements with Coca-cola and IBM have earned her a lot of money.
She also has her own businesses and promotions, all of which have earned her lots of profits.
Her endeavors both as an athlete and as a businesswoman have earned her a net worth of 100 million dollars.
Serena Williams is a famous American tennis player, who is one of the most well-known female tennis players of all time. She has won four Olympic gold medals in her career.
Serena has had a huge impact on the sport, inspiring many youngsters to take up the sport, and is also a well-known activist for human rights and social change.
Serena has a huge commercial success to showcase as well, with her annual income being 8 million dollars and her net worth being 225 million dollars.
Roger Federer is one of the all-time greats of the sport of tennis, and rightfully should be called so.
The Swiss tennis player is a maestro of the game, and has left all of his opponents behind time and time again, with his 20 Grand Slam titles and numerous other awards as well.
He has earned well over 100 million dollars in prize money and endorsements over the course of his career, and also is the first tennis player to reach the Forbes Highest paid athletes list.
He is currently having a net worth of 450 million dollars.
Floyd Mayweather is an American former professional boxer. He has competed in all sorts of weight categories such as super featherweight and light middleweight, and has won them all.
He has won a bronze medal in the 1996 Atalanta Olympics.
Floyd is known to be an athlete who is not just good with the sport side of things, but also with the business side of it. Earning millions of dollars per fight, Floyd is popularly known as “Money Mayweather”.
Floyd has generated almost 2 billion dollars worth of revenue through his career and his current net worth is 1.2 billion dollars.
Anna Kasprzak is a Danish dressage rider, and has represented Denmark in many international competitions and the Olympics as well.
She is a very celebrated athlete and her main source of revenue has come from her mother’s business which she is a co-owner of, a Danish shoe manufacturing company named ECCO.
Her net worth because of these competitions and business ventures is 1.4 billion dollars.
Arguably the greatest of all time, Michael’s contribution to the sport of basketball and to the profession of being a sportsperson is humongous.
From countless championships to innumerable business ventures, you cannot say that Michael Jordan has not done it all.
Michael has won 2 gold medals in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics, and that is just the tip of the iceberg compared to what he has done in his profession otherwise.
With his own name’s partnered deal with Nike in the form of footwear Jordans, Michael has a number of deals with brands such as Nike, Coca-cola, Gatorade, and others.
With all these insane deals and ventures, Michael has an income of almost 110 million dollars, and a net worth of 1.6 billion dollars.