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The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1998

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people based on earnings from all of 1998, as published in Forbes magazine in March 1999 . Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees.

Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for 1998, and the total includes salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years.

  Name Sport Nationality earnings ($ million)
1. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 69.0
2. Michael Schumacher F1 Motorsports Germany 38.0
3. Sergei Federov Ice Hockey Russia 29.8
4. Tiger Woods Golf USA 26.8
5 Dale Earnhardt NASCAR USA 24.1
6 Grant Hill Basketball USA 21.6
7 Oscar De La Hoya Boxing USA 18.5
8 Patrick Ewing Basketball USA 18.3
9 Arnold Palmer Golf USA 18.1
10. Gary Sheffield Baseball USA 17.2


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