2010 SI Fortunate 50

Here are the top 10 of the Sports Illustrated Magazine's fortunate 50 list for the year 2010. This is the 7th 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).

Two golfers make up the top positions on the list, but Tiger continues to have the highest earnings, as he has on every SI Fortunate 50 list since it was first published in 2004. See also the 2010 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 90.5 1
2. Phil Mickelson Golf 61.7 2
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing 60.3 -
4. LeBron James Basketball 45.8 3
5. Alex Rodriguez Baseball 37.0 4
6. Shaquille O'Neal Basketball 36.0 5
7. Kobe Bryant Basketball 33.0 7
8. Derek Jeter Baseball 31.0 9
9. Peyton Manning American Football 30.8 10
10. Dwyane Wade Basketball 27.8 12


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