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The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1994

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people from the 1994 calendar year, according to Forbes Magazine. Jordan is tops for the third year running. The highest ranked female athlete was tennis player Steffi Graf who was 19th with $8 million earnings.

These are the top 10 athletes from the annual Forbes top 40 List of top earning athletes list. Earnings include salary, prize money and earned incentive bonuses. Endorsements include licensing money, appearance and exhibition fees. Income from side businesses and equity partnerships are not counted. See also the top earning lists from other years.

  Name Sport Nationality earnings ($ million) previous year
1. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 30.01 1
2. Shaq O'Neal Basketball USA 16.7 6
3. Jack Nicklaus Golf USA 14.8 13
4. Arnold Palmer Golf USA 13.6 11
=5 Gerhard Berger Auto Racing Austria 13.5 30
=5 Wayne Gretzky Ice Hockey Canada 13.5 22
7. Michael Moorer Boxing USA


8. Evander Holyfield Boxing USA 12.0 12
9. Andre Agassi Tennis USA 11.4 20
10. Nigel Mansell Auto Racing UK 11.3 19

next on the list was Pete Sampras, Joe Montana, Charles Barkley, Greg Norman, George Foreman, Julio Cesar Chavez, David Robinson, Lennox Lewis, Steffi Graf and Jean Alesi.


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