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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
1. Tiger Woods Golf USA 78 1
2. Michael Schumacher F1 Motorsports Germany 75 2
3. Michael Jordan Basketball USA 35 3
4. Shaq O'Neal Basketball USA 30.5 =5
5. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing USA 30 >10
6. Kevin Garnett Basketball USA 28 =7
7. Alex Rodriguez Baseball USA 26 >10
8. Grant Hill Basketball USA 25.5 =5
9. Andre Agassi Tennis USA 24 >10
10. Jacques Villeneuve Auto Racing Canada 23 =10


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