World's Top Paid Athlete for 2007

Each year (since 2004) Sports Illustrated Magazine's have published the Fortunate 50 (top paid US athletes) and the International 20 (top paid other athletes). It made sense to combine these two and create the World 10.

We have combined the 2007 Fortunate 50 and the 2007 International 20 lists to give you the top 10 paid athletes in the world in 2007 according to Sports Illustrated. Compare this list to the Forbes 2007 Top Paid Athletes List. Earning totals are based on salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Tiger Woods USA Golf 111.9 1
2. Oscar De La Hoya USA Boxing 55.0 >10
3. Phil Mickelson USA Golf 51.3 3
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Auto Racing 35.0 >10
5. Shaquille O'Neal USA Basketball 35.0 4
6. Kobe Bryant USA Basketball 33.7 5
7. Ronaldinho Brazil Soccer 32.7 8
8. Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 31.3 >10
9. LeBron James USA Basketball 30.8 9
10. Valentino Rossi Italy Motor Sports 30.0 7

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