2004 SI Fortunate 50

Here are the top 10 of the inaugural Sports Illustrated Magazine's fortunate 50 list for the year 2004. This is the 1st year that the list has been published. The Fortunate 50 list only includes current athletes from the USA, sorted by total earnings (salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees).

Tiger is the highest earner (as he will be for the next many years). His earnings of $76,673,413 is made up of $6,673,413 in salary or winnings (including bonuses) and 70 million dollars in endorsements and appearance fees.

Name Sport earnings (US$)
1. Tiger Woods Golf $76,673,413
2. Shaquille O'Neal Basketball $40,517,858
3. LeBron James Basketball $39,018,920
4. Peyton Manning American Football $36,400,000
5. Kevin Garnett Basketball $36,000,000
6. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing $32,000,000
7. Andre Agassi Tennis $27,030,929
8. Kobe Bryant Basketball $25,498,000
9. Derek Jeter Baseball $25,000,000
10. Grant Hill Basketball $24,279,250


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