The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 1999

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people for the calendar year 1999, published in March 2000. For the first time since the list stated in 1990, an athlete from outside the US was ranked highest.

Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for 1999, and the total includes salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years.

Name Sport Nationality earning ($ million) previous year
1. Michael Schumacher Auto Racing Germany 49.0 2
2. Tiger Woods Golf USA 47.0 4
3. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing USA 43.5 7
4. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 40.0 1
5. Evander Holyfield Boxing USA 35.5 >10
6. Mike Tyson Boxing USA 33.0 >10
7. Shaq O'Neal Basketball USA 31.0 >10
8. Lennox Lewis Boxing USA 29.0 >10
9. Dale Earnhardt Auto Racing USA 26.5 5
10. Grant Hill Basketball USA 23.0 6

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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.

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