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The World's Highest Paid Athletes in 2004

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sports people from 2003-2004. This list is a little old, the list would be much different today, except for the top spot with Tiger Woods, earning 80 million dollars a year. In fact F1 racing car driver Michael Schumacher was only just behind him this year, and he was the only non-US athlete in the top half of this list.

Although both males and female earnings are calculated, no females made the top 50 list. The top-paid female athlete during that time was Serena Williams, who earned $9.5 million, followed by her sister Venus, who made $8.5 million.

This list was published in Forbes magazine July 2004. Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for June 2003 to June 2004. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the Forbes top earning lists from other years. See also the top 10 highest paid in 2004 according to Sports Illustrated.

  Name Sport Nationality earnings (millions) previous year
1. Tiger Woods golf USA 80.3 1
2 Michael Schumacher F1 racing Germany 80.0 2
3. Peyton Manning American Football USA 42.0 >10
4. Michael Jordan basketball USA 35.0 3
5. Shaquille O'Neal basketball USA 31.9 4
6. Kevin Garnett basketball USA 29.7 6
7. Andre Agassi tennis USA 28.2 9
8. David Beckham soccer UK 28.0 >10
9. Alex Rodriguez baseball USA 26.2 7
10. Kobe Bryant basketball USA 26.1 >10


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