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2005 SI Fortunate 50

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's fortunate 50 list for the year 2005. This is the 2nd year that the list has been published. As with all Fortunate 50 lists, it only includes athletes from the USA, sorted by total earnings (salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees).

Golfer Tiger Woods is again the highest earner, as he was last year. The highest ranked female on the list was tennis player maria Sharapova with $23 million in 20th place. See also the partially complete 2005 International 20 for the top paid sports people from the rest of the world.

  Name Sport earnings (US$) previous year
1. Tiger Woods Golf $86,370,407 1
2. Andre Agassi Tennis $45,677,254 7
3. Shaquille O'Neal Basketball $41,696,429 2
4. Oscar De La Hoya Boxing $40,000,000 6
5. Michael Vick American Football $37,100,000 ?
6. Kevin Garnett Basketball $30,000,000 5
7. Payton Manning American Football $29,665,000 4
8. LeBron James Basketball $28,320,360 3
9. Phil Mickelson Golf $27,384,823 36
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Auto Racing $27,201,380 ?


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