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The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1992

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people from 1992, the list published by Forbes in Nov 1992. It is the third time they have published such a list. Of the 35.9 million dollars earned by Michael Jordan, most of it came from product endorsements, which earned Jordan an estimated $32 million this year. He 'only' made $3.9 million for playing basketball.

This year the first and only time so far a woman has made it to the top 10 highest paid athlete list, with Tennis player Monica Seles coming in at 10th.

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. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 35.9 3
2. Evander Holyfield Boxing USA 28.0 1
3. Ayrton Senna Auto Racing Brazil 22.0 5
4. Nigel Mansell Auto Racing UK 14.5 9
5. Arnold Palmer Golf USA 11.1 8
6. Andre Agassi Tennis USA 11.0 17
7. Joe Montana NFL USA 9.5 13
8. Sugar Ray Leonard Golf USA 9.2 10
9. Jim Courier Tennis USA 9.0 >40
10. Monica Seles Tennis USA 8.5 12

next on the list were: Larry Holmes, Gerhard Berger, Michael Chang, Steffi Graf, Wayne Gretzky, Riccardo Patrese, Stefan Edberg, Greg Norman, George Foreman, and Julio Cesar Chavez.


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