Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

The Little Prince on the big screen

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 3 dead in grenade attack in Bujumbura

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inequality, sexism and the movie industry

Read more

ENCORE!

Sienna Miller on motherhood, her new movies and Cannes glamour

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After the Fall of Ramadi, Palmyra: Did the West Underestimate the Jihadists?

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Migrants and Immigrants: A Global Crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of French gastronomy

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Protests continue in Burundi as calls mount for election delay

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi: Nkurunziza delays parliamentary polls as clashes continue

Read more

Sports

Tennis legend Roger Federer tops Olympian rich list

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-07-30

The 2012 London Olympics features some mega-rich sportsmen with the overwhelming majority being basketball and tennis players, with Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer topping the Forbes rich list with an annual salary of 53 million dollars.

Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer, who won the Wimbledon championship in 2012 to take home 1,150,000 million pounds, is the highest-paid competitor at the London 2012 Olympics earning 54.3 million dollars in the last year, according to Forbes Magazine.

Following close behind is US basketball star LeBron “King” James, whose team trounced France 98-71 on Sunday July 30, at 53 million dollars.

Jamaican sprinter Ursain Bolt, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, is the highest-paid athlete playing neither tennis nor basketball, coming seventh with an annual income of 20.3 million dollars.

A dozen of this year’s Olympics athletes feature in the Forbes list of the top 100 high-earning sporting figures published on June 18, 2012. Non-Olympians on the list include US boxer Floyd Mayweather earning 85 million dollars, Philippino Manny Pacquiao on 62 million dollars and golfer Tiger Woods who last year earned 59.4 million dollars.

The high earners at the 2012 London Olympics:

1. Roger Federer (Switzerland / Tennis) – 54.3 million USD
2. LeBron James (USA / Basketball) - 53 million USD
3. Kobe Bryant (USA / Basketball) - 52.3 million USD
4. Maria Sharapova (Russia / Tennis) - 27.1 million USD
5. Kevin Durant (USA / Basketball) - 25.5 million USD
6. Carmelo Anthony (USA / Basketball) - 22.9 million USD
7. Usain Bolt (Jamaica / Sprinter) - 20.3 million USD
8. Novak Djokovic (Serbia / Tennis) – 19.8 million USD
9. Chris Paul (USA / Basketball) - 19.2 million USD
10. Li Na (China / Tennis) - 18.4 million USD
11. Deron Williams (USA / Basketball) - 18.2 million USD
12. Pau Gasol (Spain / Basketball) - 17.2 million USD

Date created : 2012-07-30

  • OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

    France beat US ‘favourites’ to win freestyle relay

    Read more

  • OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

    Lochte takes swimming gold, Phelps fourth

    Read more

  • OLYMPIC GAMES 2012

    Phelps scrapes into 400m medley final

    Read more

COMMENT(S)