The World's Highest Paid Athletes from 2008

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sportspeople from 2008. Again it is topped by the golfer Tiger Woods, who earned $115 million in a year. Maria Sharapova was the 2008 highest paid female athlete with 26 million dollars.

Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for June 2007 to June 2008. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. See also the top earning lists from other years. See a similar list, the top 10 highest paid in 2008 according to Sports Illustrated magazine.

Name Sport Nationality earning ($ million) previous year
1. Tiger Woods golf USA 115 1
2. David Beckham soccer UK 50 6
=3 Michael Jordan basketball USA 45 =9
=3 Phil Mickelson golf USA 45 3
5 Kimi Raikkonen F1 racing Finland 44 4
6 Kobe Bryant basketball USA 39 7
7 LeBron James basketball USA 38 >10
8 Ronaldinho soccer Brazil 37 =9
=9 Valentino Rossi motorcycle gp Italy 35 >10
=9 Roger Federer tennis Switzerland 35 >10

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