Most Olympic athletes are not rich. Many are competing under small sponsorships and endorsements along with the financial support of family and friends. However, a few elite are competing with multi-million dollar endorsements and global branding deals. Many of these elite also play pro sports, so it comes as no surprise that when Forbes released the list of the highest paid Olympic athletes, basketball would be leading the way. However, the top spot goes to one tennis player we all know and love:
1. Roger Federer- $54.3 million: This star tennis player made a whopping $54.3 million between July 2011 and July 2012. He is ranked number one in the world and recently broke the record for the most weeks ranked No. 1 in a career, which was previously held by Pete Sampras at 286.
2. LeBron James $53 million: No shocker here. What is interesting is that Nike pays him an upward of $15 Million a year! other endorsements deals for Leborn include: McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, State Farm, Dunkin’ Donuts, Audemars Piguet and Upper Deck.
3. Kobe Bryant $52.3 million: Like LeBron, the endorsement deals are very profitable–with Nike, again, being at the top of the list. I’m sure Vanessa is happy
4. Maria Sharapova ($27.1 million) : She’s leading the way for female tennis players and she won’t be letting up anytime soon.
5. Kevin Durant ($25.5 million) : This young phenom is making his way in the NBA and will certainly move on up the “paid” ladder.
6. Carmelo Anthony ($22.9 million) : What can be said about this—nothing! He’s working on building his team and his pockets just get fatter.
7. Usain Bolt ($20.3 million) : He’s as fast as lightening and his lucrative endorsement deals and sponsors like Gatorade, Hublot, Nissan Motor and Visa got him on this list, but his biggest sponsorship deal is with Puma, which pays $9 million annually.
8. Novak Djokovic ($19.8 million) : Tennis is clearly doing well for the pros…and serving!
9. Chris Paul ($19.2 million) : This young talent is raking in the dough and like most of his cohorts, his bread and butter comes from endorsements and sponsorships.
10. Li Na ($18.4 million) : She is the top-ranked Chinese tennis player and appraently companies are taking notice.
There is alot of money floating around on courts, rings, and tracks. Perhaps they can loan some of their money to the government.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,