2009 SI Fortunate 50

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's fortunate 50 list for the year 2009. This is the 6th 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 2009 International 20 for the top paid sports people from the rest of the world in 2009.

Name Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Tiger Woods Golf 99.7 1
2. Phil Mickelson Golf 53.0 2
3. LeBron James Basketball 42.4 3
4. Alex Rodriguez Baseball 39.0 =6
5. Shaquille O'Neal Basketball 35.0 =6
6. Kevin Garnett Basketball 34.8 8
7. Kobe Bryant Basketball 31.3 5
8. Allen Iverson Basketball 28.9 12
9. Derek Jeter Baseball 28.5 10
10. Peyton Manning American Football 27.0 9


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