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The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1995

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people, estimates from the 1995 calendar year. Jordan again topped the list for the forth year in a row. Athletes from the USA were in the first 8 places. He earned $3.9 million in salary and $40 million in outside income.

Earning 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 43.9 1
2. Mike Tyson boxing USA 40.0 not ranked
3. Deion Sanders American Football / Baseball USA 22.5 38
4. Riddick Bowe boxing USA 22.2 not ranked
5. Shaquille O'Neal basketball USA 21.9 2
6. George Foreman boxing USA 18.0 15
7. Andre Agassi tennis USA 16.0 9
8. Jack Nicklaus golf USA 15.1 3
9. Michael Schumacher auto racing Germany 15.0 30
10. Wayne Gretzky ice hockey Canada 14.5 =5

next on the list was Arnold Palmer, Drew Bledsoe, Gerhard Berger, Evander Holleyfield, Pete Sampras, Cal Ripkin Jr., Greg Norman, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Dale Earnhardt.

Highest Ranked For Each Sport in 1995

The highest ranked from each sport is listed below. There were no soccer players in the top 40.

Sport Name earning ($USD)
Basketball Jordan $43.9 million
Boxing Mike Tyson $40 million
Tennis Andre Agassi $16 million
Golf Jack Nicklaus $15.1 million
Auto Racing Michael Schumacher $15 million
Ice Hockey Wayne Gretzky $14.5 million
American Football Drew Bledsoe $13.9 million
Baseball Cal Ripken Jr. $10.3 million


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Lists Extra

Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most. The best of the best have made it to our 7 Sporting Wonders Lists.

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