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The World's Highest Paid Athletes List 2015

Below is the top 10 of the highest earning sports people from 2015, taken from the annual list “The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes” published by Forbes magazine in June 2015.

Tiger Woods' slide on the top earners list continues, down to 9th this year, while boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather is on top as he was last year, with a big jump in earnings. Mayweather made over $US200 million from his historic fight against Manny Pacquiao, who made enough to come in a distant second. Mayweather's earnings are $US13 million less than the next three athletes combined!

Two women make the top 100 list and both tennis players: Maria Sharapova at No. 26 ($29.7 million) and Serena Williams is No. 47 ($24.6 million). See the top 10 paid females for 2015.

The earnings totals (in US dollars) are derived from salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing and endorsement income in the 12 months from May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015. Taxes or agents' fees are not factored into the figures. See also the Forbes top earning lists from other years.

Top-10 Highest Earning Sports people from 2015

Rank Name Sport Nationality earning ($ million) previous year
1 Floyd Mayweather Boxing USA 300 1
2 Manny Pacquiao Boxing Philippines 160 11
3 Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer Portugal 79.6 2
4 Lionel Messi Soccer Argentina 73.8 4
5 Roger Federer Tennis Switzerland 67 7
6 LeBron James Basketball USA 64.8 3
7 Kevin Durant Basketball USA 54.2 20
8 Phil Mickelson Golf USA 50.8 8
9 Tiger Woods Golf USA 50.6 6
10 Kobe Bryant Basketball USA 49.5 5

Next on the list were: Ben Roethlisberger, Rory McIlroy, Novak Djokovic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lewis Hamilton, Ndamukong Suh, Fernando Alonso, Gareth Bale, Jon Lester, Derrick Rose.

Highest Ranked For Each Sport in 2015

The highest ranked from each sport is listed below. Surprisingly, not a single player from the three major sports in the United States made the top 5.

Sport Overall Rank Name earning ($ million)
Boxing 1 Floyd Mayweather 300
Soccer 3 Cristiano Ronaldo 79.6
Tennis 5 Roger Federer 67
Basketball 6 LeBron James 64.8
Golf 8 Phil Mickelson 50.8
American Football 11 Ben Roethlisberger 48.9
Auto Racing 15 Lewis Hamilton 39
Baseball 19 Jon Lester 34.1
Cricket 23 Mahendra Singh Dhoni 31
Track and Field 73 Usain Bolt 21

source: from “The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes” published by Forbes magazine in May 2015.

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