The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 2000

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people for the calendar year 2000, published in March 2001. The next published list was in 2002. The top woman on the list was tennis star Martina Hingis, 22nd with $11 million.

Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for the calendar year 2000. Totals include 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 59 1
2. Tiger Woods Golf USA 53 2
3. Mike Tyson Boxing USA 48 6
4. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 37 4
5. Grant Hill Basketball USA 26 10
6. Dale Earnhardt Auto Racing (Nascar) USA 24.5 9
7. Shaq O'Neal Basketball USA 24 7
8. Lennox Lewis Boxing USA 23 8
9. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing USA 23 3
10 Kevin Garnett Basketball USA 21 >10

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