Bolt in Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has achieved another milestone after being included in Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 highest paid athletes.
Bolt who is expected to be the biggest star of the upcoming summer Olympics in London holds down the number 63 spot with 20.3 million dollars.
According to Forbes, the triple world record holder made over $20 million dollars USD last year through endorsement deals with just $300.000 coming through his winnings on the track.
His biggest sponsorship deal is with Puma and pays about $9 million dollars annually.
Top spot in the meantime is being held by someone other than American golfer Tiger Woods for the first time in a decade, Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Mayweather nicknamed ‘Money’ leads the way after making $85 million for two fights last year, this despite him being in jail where he is currently serving a 3 month sentence for domestic battery.
Pacquiao who WBO Welterweight title to Timothy Bradley earlier this month is second on the list at $62 million from earnings and endorsements.
Woods number one on the list since 2001, made $59.4 million to place third.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat is 4th at $53 million and is one of 13 basketball players on the list.
Tennis star Roger Federer rounds out the top 5 at $52.7 million.
Kobe Bryant, Phil Mickelson, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Peyton Manning are the other members of the top 10.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni who occupies the 31st spot with $26.5 million is the leading cricketer on the list followed by Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar who is 78th with $18.6 million.
Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($27.9 million) comes in at number 26, and Li Na, 81st at $18.4 million.