Tiger Woods toppled from top of Forbes' sports personality rich list, with David Beckham among top ten

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

It took Floyd Mayweather less than an hour to earn his place as the world’s best-rewarded sportsman.

Over the course of two fights, and two victories, Mayweather collected $85m to end Tiger Woods’ 11-year domination of sport’s annual global rich list, compiled by Forbes.

Click here or click 'VIEW GALLERY' to launch our guide to the Forbes top 100 rich list

It is a remarkable accumulation for a man known as ‘Money’ – who is currently serving a 90-day sentence in Las Vegas for domestic violence against a former partner. Mayweather’s prison term, following a guilty plea in December, was even put on hold to allow him to take part in the second fight, against Miguel Cotto. Those 12 rounds in Vegas earned him $45m – the delay was approved because the fight was estimated to be worth up to $15m for the city.

Mayweather earned nothing from endorsements, compared to Woods’s $55m and the $45m collected by Roger Federer. Mayweather’s immense income comes in large part because he promotes his own fights through his company. That sees him retain all TV money and ticket sales income.

Another boxer, Manny Pacquiao, who also gathered a relatively meagre sum of $6m from endorsement, overtook Woods as well. Woods lost significant deals with Gillette and Tag Heuer following his sex scandal, while his 30-month winless streak also saw his on-course earnings drop to $4.4m – less than a third of that won by Luke Donald, the world No 1 and highest ranked British golfer in the Forbes list at 48.

The highest Briton, and footballer, was David Beckham in eighth. His $9m annual salary is under half that of Cristiano Ronaldo, but with a high-profile Olympic role looming his global profile is in no danger of dropping any time soon. In January he signed a new two-year deal with LA Galaxy and is expected to remain in the US in the longer term, possibly looking to buy up one of the MLS franchises.

The list is largely made up of US sportsmen, 30 of them are American footballers, and there are just two women in the top 100, Maria Sharapova, at 20, and Li Na, 81. Sharapova’s annual income is estimated at $27.9m, $22m of it via endorsements. Na’s breakthrough year with victory in the 2011 French Open helped her pick up seven international multi-million dollar deals towards an annual total of $18.4m.

There are 10 footballers in all; Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Kaka, Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres, Yaya Toure, John Terry and Steven Gerrard following Beckham and Ronaldo. Terry’s endorsements, currently at $5m, are expected to fall sharply again.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the highest-paid cricketer at 31. His total of $26.5 is some two million more than Rooney and comes off the back of captaining India to the World Cup on home soil. Dhoni promotes over 20 brands in India, including a $2m a year deal with United Breweries thought to be the largest annual pay-out for an Indian sportsman. Sachin Tendulkar is the only other cricketer to feature. His lowly placing at 78 is down to his decision not to promote alcohol and to reject many of the offers he receives.

Click here or click 'VIEW GALLERY' to launch our guide to the Forbes top 100 rich list

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Arts and Entertainment
The sight of a bucking bronco in the shape of a pink penis was too much for Hollywood actor and gay rights supporter Martin Sheen, prompting him to boycott a scene in the TV series Grace and Frankie
tv
Sport
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Voices
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvName confirmed for third series
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
art
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine