What Recession? American Athletes Are Making More Money Than Ever

July 22, 2010

In the midst of rising unemployment and record setting home foreclosures, Sports Illustrated thought that detailing how much more professional athletes bring home than the average U.S. resident would be an uplifting piece to publish this week.

Take a gander at the top 10 earning American athletes and the modest sums of money they will hire rich accountants to hide from the I.R.S. this year. (It includes both salary and endorsements over the past 12 months.)

1. Tiger Woods – $90,508,163
2. Phil Mickelson – $61,660,757
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – $60,250,000
4. LeBron James – $45,779,912
5. Alex Rodriguez – $37,000,000
6. Shaquille O’Neal – $36,000,000
7. Kobe Bryant – $33,034,375
8. Derek Jeter – $31,000,000
9. Peyton Manning – $30,800,000
10. Dwyane Wade – $27,779, 912

Some surprises on the rest of list include Matthew Stafford (11), Eli Manning (13), Philip Rivers (17), John Lackey (26), Jeff Gordon (29), and Vernon Wells (30)

The entire (and international) list is available here and for ironic purchase at local unemployment offices throughout the country.

Photo: Jacob de Golish/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

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