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2008 SI Fortunate 50

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's fortunate 50 list for the year 2008. This is the 5th 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).

Tiger is again the highest earner, as he has on every SI Fortunate 50 list since it was first published in 2004. See also the 2008 International 20 for the top paid sports people from the rest of the world.

  Name Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Tiger Woods Golf 127.9 1
2. Phil Mickelson Golf 62.4 3
3. LeBron James Basketball 40.5 6
4. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing 40.3 22
5. Kobe Bryant Basketball 35.5 5
=6. Shaquille O'Neal Basketball 35.0 4
=6. Alex Rodriguez Baseball 35.0 11
8. Kevin Garnett Basketball 31.0 7
9. Peyton Manning Football 30.5 12
10. Derek Jeter Baseball 30.0 8


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