The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1997

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people from 1997. Michael Jordan regained the crown this year - he has been the top-earner for the fifth time in six years. His income was made up of $31.3 million salary/winnings and $47 million endorsements. Tiger Woods came in 6th, his first appearance in the top 10.

All earnings (US dollars) are Forbes estimates for the 1996 calendar year. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years.

Name Sport Nationality earnings ($ million) previous year
1. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 78.3 2
2. Evander Holyfield Boxing USA 54.3 6
3. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing USA 38.0 17
4. Michael Schumacher F1 Motorsports Germany 35.0 3
5. Mike Tyson Boxing USA 27.0 1
6. Tiger Woods Golf USA 26.1 26
7. Shaquille O'Neal Basketball USA 25.4 4
8. Dale Earnhardt NASCAR USA 19.1 20
9. Joe Sakic Hockey Canada 17.9 none
10. Grant Hill Basketball USA 17.0 18

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