Sports rich list comes to Beijing

Some of the richest sporting celebrities will be coming to China to compete in the Beijing Olympics. Many Olympic sports retain an amateur flavor and in some sports like boxing, professionals cannot compete. For basketball and tennis however, players earn millions of dollars in competition earnings, endorsements, appearances, sponsorship and advertising.

Here is a look at some of the top Olympic earners and their 2007 income as provided by Forbes.

Yao Ming - $56.6 million

Kobe Bryant - basketball - $33 million

Roger Federer - tennis - $29 million

LeBron James - basketball - $27 million

Liu Xiang athletics - $23.8 million

Maria Sharapova - tennis - $23 million

Lionel Messi - Football/soccer - $11.9

Forbes Celebrity top 100
China’s top celebrity income list

Posted by Mike 10 years ago

filed under: Basketball, Men's Singles, Tennis, Women's Singles

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