The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1991

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people from 1991, earnings estimated for the 1991 calendar year by Forbes. It is the second time they have published such a list. The highest ranked female was Monica Seles at 12th with $7.6 mil in earnings, then steffi Graf at 16 with $7.3 million.

The list was published by Forbes in August 1991. Earnings 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. Evander Holyfield boxing USA 60.5 =8
2. Mike Tyson boxing USA 31.5 1
3. Michael Jordan basketball USA 16.0 =8
4. George Foreman boxing USA 14.5 >30
5. Ayrton Senna auto racing Brazil 13.0 4
6. Alain Prost auto racing France 11.0 5
7. Donovan "Razor" Ruddock boxing Canada 10.2 >30
8. Arnold Palmer golf USA 9.3 =8
9. Nigel Mansell auto racing UK 9.0 12
10. Sugar Ray Leonard golf USA 8.5 6

next on the list were: Larry Bird, Monica Seles, Joe Montana, Stefan Edberg, Greg Norman, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Wayne Gretzky, and Gerhard Berger.



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