Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sportsmen from 2004-2005. It is a little old, the list would be much different today. Tiger Woods is the leader again, this time earning $87 million in just 12 months. The highest paid sportswoman for this year was Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova with earnings of 18.2 million dollars, which did not quite make the top 10.
This list was published in Forbes magazine July 2005. Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for June 2004 to June 2005. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years. See also the top 10 highest paid in 2005 according to Sports Illustrated.
|2||Michael Schumacher||F1 racing||Germany||60||2|
|3||Oscar De La Hoya||boxing||USA||38||>10|
|4||Michael Vick||American Football||USA||37.5||>10|
|=9||Valentino Rossi||motorcycle gp||Italy||28.0||>10|
- Forbes Magazine, July 5, 2005. The World's Highest-Paid Athletes, p118.
- Why aren't there any skateboarders in the top 10? (from Daniel Whitton, Sept 2012)