These 9 Athletes Make More Money Endorsing Products Than Playing Sports

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Sports Illustrated came out with its annual “Fortune 50” list of the highest-earning athletes of the year today.None of the names are too surprising, but something else caught out eye: many of the world’s biggest athletes make far more money as pitch men than as athletes.

Golfers, basketball players, and race car drivers all typical make the real money off the field.

Tiger Woods – 96% spokesman, 4% athlete

Endorsements: $54,500,000

Salary/Earnings: $1,940,238

Source: Sports Illustrated


Phil Mickelson – 93% spokesman, 7% athlete

Endorsements: $57,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $3,763,488

Source: Sports Illustrated


Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 85% spokesman, 15% athlete

Endorsements: $24,000,000

Salary/Winnings: $4,164,690

Source: Sports Illustrated

Derrick Rose – 76% spokesman, 24% athlete

Endorsements: $18,230,770

Salary/Winnings: $5,621,880

Source: Sports Illustrated

Jeff Gordon – 75% spokesman, 25% athlete

Endorsements: $18,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $5,912,830

Source: Sports Illustrated


LeBron James – 72% spokesman, 28% athlete

Endorsements: $33,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $12,880,000

Source: Sports Illustrated


Jimmie Johnson – 70% spokesman, 30% athlete

Endorsements: $14,703,640

Salary/Winnings: $6,296,360

Source: Sports Illustrated

Tony Stewart – 69% spokesman, 31% athlete

Endorsements: $15,470,000

Salary/Winnings: $6,530,000

Source: Sports Illustrated

Kobe Bryant – 57% spokesman, 43% athlete

Endorsements: $28,000,000

Salary/Earnings: $20,286,000

Source: Sports Illustrated

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