Top-10 List of 2003 World's Best Paid Athletes
Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people from 2002-2003, published in Forbes magazine Juloy 2003. Tiger Woods total earnings of 78 million just pips Michael Schumacher. Of the 78 million, his endorsements alone account for $70 million.
The highest ranked athlete in terms of sports salary was Michael Schumacher who was paid $35 million. For the females, the Williams sisters earned big bucks - Serena ($12 million) and Venus ($14 million).
Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for June of 2002 to June 2003. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years.
|Name||Sport||Nationality||earning ($ million)||previous year|
|2.||Michael Schumacher||F1 Motorsports||Germany||75||2|
|5.||Oscar De La Hoya||Boxing||USA||30||>10|
|10.||Jacques Villeneuve||Auto Racing||Canada||23||=10|
- Forbes Magazine, July 7, 2003. The Celebrity 100 Athletes, p98
- Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/2003/06/18/celebland.html