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Forbes Lists of the World's Best Paid Athletes

Forbes publishes a large range of lists each year. The list of the highest-paid athletes in the world is calculated based on earnings derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and licensing income between June one year until June the following year, and does not deduct for taxes or agents' fees.

See also a similar list published by Sports Illustrated. Forbes have also produced a list of the Richest Sporting Events In The World (2011), possibly where the best paid athletes get their money from.

List of Lists

Here are all of the annual lists of the world's highest-paid athletes since the first list published by Forbes in 1990. In 2002, they changed the reporting period from the full calendar year to June-to-June, and consequently there is no list for 2001.jumping for joy

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Top Paid Athlete for Each Year

Here are the top earners in the world of sports for each year that Forbes magazine has made such a list. Two things are evident, being named Michael or Tiger are good for making money in sports. For the list of top 10 athletes from each year, click on the year number. There is also a list of the top paid women for each year.

Year Name Sport earnings ($ million)
2013 Tiger Woods Golf 78.1
2012 Floyd Mayweather Boxing 85
2011 Tiger Woods Golf 75
2010 Tiger Woods Golf 105
2009 Tiger Woods Golf 110
2008 Tiger Woods Golf 115
2007 Tiger Woods Golf 100
2006 Tiger Woods Golf 90
2005 Tiger Woods Golf 87
2004 Tiger Woods Golf 80.3
2003 Tiger Woods Golf 78
2002 Tiger Woods Golf 69
2000 Michael Schumacher Auto Racing 59
1999 Michael Schumacher Auto Racing 49
1998 Michael Jordan Basketball 69
1997 Michael Jordan Basketball 78.3
1996 Mike Tyson Boxing 75
1995 Michael Jordan Basketball 43.9
1994 Michael Jordan Basketball 30.01
1993 Michael Jordan Basketball 36.0
1992 Michael Jordan Basketball 35.9
1991 Evander Holyfield Boxing 60.5
1990 Mike Tyson Boxing 28.6

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