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The world’s richest athlete

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

Tiger Woods, the world's wealthiest golfer, is also the richest athlete still active in his sport, according to research from Wealth-X. Woods has an estimated net worth of $590 million, which is higher than the combined total of the remaining players on the top 10 wealthiest golfers list.

Tiger Woods is the world's wealthiest athlete still active in a sport.

Tiger Woods is the world's wealthiest athlete still active in a sport.

Aside from his prize money, Woods' income is paid by generous sponsorships and bonuses from Rolex and Nike. He also has collected more than $10 million in fees since March from appearances in China, Turkey, Abu Dhabi and Malaysia.

As of July, Woods' net worth totaled more than three times that of the No. 2 golfer on the list of wealthiest duffers, Phil Mickelson, whose wealth is estimated at $190 million. Check out the full list of the five richest golfers.

Other top-notch athletes with incomes to match also trail far behind 37-year-old Woods: NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant has an estimated net worth of $220 million and Swiss tennis player Roger Federer clocks in at an estimated $180 million, according to Wealth-X.

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12 Comments
DWIGHT WASHINGTON
February 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

MR. WOODS,
I AM A GREAT FAN OF YOURS. I HAVE WATCHED YOU FROM YOUR FIRST DAY ON PROFESSIONAL GOLF SCENE. YOU ARE IN MY OPINION THE GREATEST GOLFER TO EVER STRIKE A BALL. I HAVE ENJOYED THE DAYS OF SAM SNEAD, GARY PLAYER, ARNOLD PALMER, LEE TREVINO, TOM WATSON, THE GREAT JACK NICHOLAS, HALE IRWIN AND COUNTLESS OTHERS. ALL OF THESE AND OTHERS HAVE GIVEN THE GAME GREAT MOMENTS BUT NONE LIKE YOU. I WISH YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS IN LIFE AND IN GOLF.

Pearl
February 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Love Tiger. Fan since he became a professional! I love to see his swing! He is the greatest and I wish the best for him!

Ellie.S
February 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

you gotta admit My Favorite Golfer is tops. Watch every tournament hes in.

JUDITH ADAMS
February 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I truly believe he works very hard and when he wins, he deserves what is due him. Pretty simple I think.

Dan c.
February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

YA! But he doesn't have Elin!!

CORA C
February 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

Dear Tiger,

May God continue to bless you with good health, so that you will remain "The World's Richest Golfer."

I am retired older woman; worked a part-time job to supplement my income, until I began to have some health issue. I am in need of dental work; estimated cost between $6,000-$10,000.

Thank!

Cora C
February 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

Dear Tiger,

May God continue to bless you with good health, so that you will remain "THE WORLD'S RICHEST GOLFER."

I am a retired older woman; worked a part-time job to supplement my income, until I began to have some health issues. I am in need of dental work, estimated cost between $6,000-$10,000.

Thanks!

Julia J
February 17, 2014 at 11:17 pm

He has earned it. He is the world's greatest golfer.

GregR
February 02, 2014 at 7:15 pm

So what!

SteveC
August 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

So what!