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The World's Highest Paid Athletes from 2009

Here is the top 10 list of the highest earning sportspeople from 2008-2009. Again the list is topped by Tiger Woods, who earned $110 million.

This list was published in Forbes magazine June 2009. Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for June 2008 to June 2009. 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 2009 according to Sports Illustrated.

  Name Sport Nationality earnings ($ million) previous year
1 Tiger Woods golf USA 110 1
=2 Kobe Bryant basketball USA 45 6
=2 Michael Jordan basketball USA 45 =3
=2 Kimi Raikkonen F1 racing Finland 45 5
5 David Beckham soccer UK 42 2
=6 LeBron James basketball USA 40 7
=6 Phil Mickelson golf USA 40 =3
=6 Manny Pacquiao boxing Philippines 40 >10
9 Valentino Rossi motorcycle gp Italy 35 =9
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR USA 34 >10


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