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Top 10 Richest Athlete in the world 2014

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Sports require skill and practice and only few people have the determination to make it to the top. About 25 years ago the athlete never earned so much, but now the time has changed and the amount on the checks too. Footballer, tennis player, fighters, hockey player all makes pretty good revenue. Most of the people think that NBA players are one of the highest paid athletes, but do you know who is the richest athlete in the world? The list contains the endorsement, contracts and personnel performance that build the wealth of an athlete. Scroll down and have a look on the 10 Richest Athlete in the world.

10. Ayrton Senna – $400 Million 

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Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver and the winner of three Formula one world championships. He is considered as the most dominant and successful F1 drivers of all time. He is the third most victorious driver of all time in term of race wins and also holds a record of six times Monaco Grand Prix. He died in his final race of the 1994 season when his car ran off the track and hit the concrete wall at 233 km/h.

9. Eddie Jordan – $475 Million

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Eddie Jordan is a musician, mentor, entrepreneur and the former Irish Motorsport boss. He is the founder and the owner of the Jordan Grand Prix. He won his first Irish cat championship in 1971 and then switched to Formula Atlantic. He received the James Joyce Award from Ireland’s largest student society, Literary and Historical Society. He also received the Gold medal of Honorary Patronage for his contribution to motor racing and his charity work.

8. Al Davis – $500 Million

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Al Davis was an American football executive and owner of the Oakland Raiders NFL team. He was the only executive in the NFL history to be an assistant coach, head coach, general manager and owner. Under his management the Oakland Riders became one of the most successful teams. He has made his worth through his career as a football coach administrator for several teams. On 8th October 2011, he died at the age of 82.

7. Magic Johnson – $510 Million

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Magic Johnson is a former American basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He started playing in 1979 NBA draft and NBA most valuable award in his rookie season. He retired from the game in 1991 after announcing that he has HIV and got back in 1992. After protest from his fellow teammates, he again retired for four years and returned in 1996 to play his last 32 games. Throughout his career, he won three NBA MVP award, nine NBA finals, twelve All-star games and ten times all NBA first and second team nominations.

6. Tiger Woods – $520 Million

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Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer who is considered as the most successful golfer of all time. This year also, he has been the highest paid athlete in the world. Tiger has endorsement deals with numerous companies include Nike Golf, EA sports, Kowa, Rolex, PGA tour partner and many more. He has won 18 World Golf Championship and is the only golfer who won both the silver medal and the Gold medal in the Open championship. He was the youngest golfer to have won all four professional major championships in his career.

5. Vince McMahon – $550 Million

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Vince McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter, CEO and chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He is also the two times World Champion and the winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble. He plays a character known by the ring names The Boss, The Chairman, The Evil Genius and The Higher Power. Now WWE is one of the biggest platforms for the wrestling.

4. Roger Staubach – $600 Million

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Roger Staubach is a former star of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team and the richest player in the NFL. After his graduation, he served in the US Navy and then joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. Roger was one of the best NFL players in the 1970’s known as “Roger the Dodger” for his great abilities. He was first of the four players who won both Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times during his eleven year career.

3. Michael Jordan – $650 Million

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Michael Jordan is an American former professional basketball player, played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He is considered as the greatest player and the most marketed players of his time. Throughout his career, he won five times Most Valuable Player of the Year, ten times All NBA, fourteen times NBA All Star Game and many more awards. He is also known for Nike’s Air Jordan which remains popular today.

2. Arnold Palmer – $675 Million

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Arnold Palmer is a professional golfer, is regarded as one of the greatest golfer in history. He was regarded as the first superstar of the sports television age. He won PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and also won 95 different tours. He was the first golfer to be awarded the Presidential medal in 2004 and the second golfer to be awarded the Congressional Medal in 2009.

Michael Schumacher – $850 Million

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Michael Schumacher is a former German racing driver and the richest athlete in the world. He is regarded worldwide as the greatest F1 driver of all time. He holds many unbreakable records, including most championships, fastest laps and the most race win in a single season. He is seven times F1 champion and the only race to finish in the top three in every race of a season. In December 2013, he had an injury during skiing in the French Alps due to which he was in coma till Feb 2014.

Head Contributor: Varun Kumar

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