If you’re shocked that Steph Curry is “only” worth $60 million, there’s actually a very good explanation as to why the 2x-MVP & 2x-NBA Champion is ranked so low on this list.
In the beginning of his NBA career, Curry suffered multiple ankle injuries and there were serious concerns that his career might be over before it really ever started. Scared by the possibility that his next play could be his last, Curry settled for a 4-year, $44 million extension with the Warriors. But oh my how things have changed! Prior to the start of the 2017-2018 season, the Warriors handsomely rewarded Curry with the league’s first ever $200 million contract.
Based on the insane amount of money he’s earned for the Warriors franchise, he’s worth every penny of that $200 million mega deal.
Drake – $85M
Prior to becoming a rap superstar, Aubrey “Drake” Graham was best known for playing wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks on the TV series “Degrassi.” Not only is his rap career flourishing, he is also pocketing serious cash from his endorsement deals with Apple Music, Nike and Sprite.
As of October 2017, Drake’s net worth was pegged at $90 million (according to Forbes). In his song “Western Road Flows,” Drake says he’s going to retire by 35. If there’s any truth to that statement — it looks like he already has one heck of a retirement fund!
Speaking of cash money… Drake was recently in the headlines after the video of his hit song “God’s Plan” was released. In the video, Drake makes his way around Miami, Florida – giving away stacks of cash to strangers – allegedly totalling almost $1 million!
Kevin Hart – $120M
Kevin Hart (38) first made a name for himself back in 2008, after he appeared on Comedy Central in his original stand up special “I’m a Grown Little Man.” Since then, Hart has done a little bit of everything — comedy, acting, producing, hosting — you name it, he’s done it. But it wasn’t always easy for Hart, who took a series of odd jobs, including as a shoe salesman, to support himself when comedy wasn’t paying the bills.
But those stressful days of struggling to pay the bills are long gone… Hart now has an estimated net worth of $120 million, with at least $90 million earned between August 2015 and August 2016.
Conor McGregor – $130M
Conor McGregor has made a boatload of money over the past few years, and he’s not shy when it comes to talking about it. Following his much anticipated fight with FLoyd Mayweather Jr. — “The Notorious” Tweeted that he had officially passed Real Madrid star Ronaldo in Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
However, McGregor’s net worth is a controversial subject, because it’s unclear how much he actually made from the Mayweather fight. Between $33.5 million in ticket sales, plus four million pay-per-view buys (at $99.95 per order) McGregor’s total payday from the fight is estimated to be around $100 million. His opponent, Mayweather, is rumored to have pocketed as much as $350 million for his 10th round knockout of Ireland’s finest.
Kanye West – $135M
Along with his musical career, West has continued to build his empire with a popular line of athletic shoes for Nike called Air Yeezy, another shoe line with Louis Vuitton and a chain of Fatburger restaurants in the Chicago area. In addition to his own wealth, West is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who has built her own multi-million-dollar empire.
According to DailyMail.com — Kimmy K’s net worth is $175 million. Believe it or not, almost 40% of her fortune was made from her “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” smartphone app.
Derek Jeter – $185M
Now that he’s a part owner of the Miami Marlins, it’s fair to wonder just how much Derek Jeter is worth.
According to salary database Spotrac, Jeter earned a total of $265 million during his 20-year career with the Yankees. But based on the tax bracket he falls into, it’s fair to assume Jeter lost about half of that cash to good ole Uncle Sam.
As far as earnings off the diamond, Jeter had plenty of those, none more popular than headlining Nike’s Jordan brand. Most estimates peg Jeter’s endorsements deals in the neighborhood of $8 million to $10 million per season.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $215M
Dwayne Johnson, age 45, originally rose to fame as a professional wrestler and has since transitioned into one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Johnson, the highest paid actor in 2016, lost his title in 2017 to fellow superstar Mark Wahlberg. But don’t feel too bad for him, he still walked away with a cool $65 million last year, bringing his total net worth well past $200 million.
Here are some of his biggest paychecks:
- “Fast Five” (2011): $10 million
- “Fast & Furious 6” (2013): $10 million
- “Central Intelligence” (2016): $14 million
- “Furious 7” (2015): $15 million
- “G.I. Joe Retaliation” (2013): $15 million
- “Walking Tall” (2004): $15 million
- “Hercules” (2014): $20 million
- “San Andreas” (2015): $25 million
Justin Bieber – $225M
In 2007, Justin Bieber was just another kid singing and dancing on YouTube, but his life changed when a marketing executive for a record company stumbled across the videos. Fast forward 10 years and Bieber is worth a couple hundred million dollars. In addition to his music, concert sales and YouTube revenue, Bieber has lucrative endorsement deals with Calvin Klein, Adidas, Best Buy and Macy’s.
Considering he’s still just 24-years-old, Bieber has plenty of big pay days in his future, and you can bet he’ll be near the time of this list by the time it’s all said and done. Love him, or hate him, you can’t deny the fact that this dude is paid!
Taylor Swift – $280M
Even if you aren’t a fan of her music, you have to respect her success (and her bank account!).
Taylor Swift has already accomplished more than 99% of music artists could ever dream of in an entire lifetime, and yet, she’s still just 28-years-old. Since bursting onto the scene in 2004, Swift has churned out a crazy number of Billboard hits, won an insane number of Grammy Awards, sold more than 40 million albums, and accumulated a net worth of $280 million.
Kobe Bryant – $320M
From the time he entered the NBA as a 18-year-old kid fresh out of high school, until the day he retired 20-years later, Kobe Bryant earned a staggering $323 million. Keep in mind, that does NOT include any endorsement deals. And he had plenty of those…
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Bryant earned another $280 million from sponsorship deals during his career.
Nowadays, Bryant is the co-founder of Bryant-Stibel, a venture capital firm focused on different businesses including media, gaming, and technology. Bryant and his business partner Jeff Stible have already invested in 15 businesses together since 2013.
Shaquille O’Neal – $365M
You can bet your bottom dollar that Shaquille O’Neal is VERY happy to be ranked a few spots ahead of former teammate Kobe Bryant. Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, or Shaq, is one of the most recognizable faces in basketball history.
The dough started rolling in for O’Neal starting in 1996, when he a massive free agent contract with the Lakers, which paid him $121 million over seven years. When that contract expired, O’Neal was signed to a three-year, $88.5 million extension. His NBA money is just the tip of the iceberg for O’Neal, who is involved in many projects outside of basketball. Check out this impressive list of investments…
- 17 Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Shops
- 150 car washes
- 155 Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchies
- 40 – 224 Hour Fitness Gyms
- Several Las Vegas nightclubs
In 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that, within five yeras of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are broke. It’s safe to say Shaq isn’t part of that group.
Gisele Bundchen – $375M
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has cashed in on her red-hot exterior so much that she’s actually worth quite a bit more than her four-time Super Bowl winning husband, Tom Brady. According to reports, Gisele is worth twice as much as her husband.
As perhaps the most successful Victoria’s Secret model of all time, Bundchen’s net worth is estimated to be around $360 million, thanks to the roughly $40 million per year she earns through modeling and related gigs.
LeBron James – $400M
NBA superstar LeBron James earns $80 million a year from his basketball salary and endorsements — and has accumulated a net worth of $400 million. Believe it or not, when he was paid $31 million for the 2016-2017 NBA season, that was the FIRST time he’s had the NBA’s top salary during his 15-year career.
In 2015, Nike inked him to a “lifetime endorsement deal” rumored to be worth over $1 billion! The NBA’s top pitchman also has lucrative sponsorship deals with Verizon, Coca-Cola, Beats by Dre, and Kia Motors.
Sylvester Stallone – $400M
Sylvester Stallone will forever be known as “Rocky Balboa” or “Rambo” to many of his fans, and he’s probably quite fine with that. The successes of those film franchises brought Stallone some of the highest earnings in Hollywood history. Stallone is worth an estimated $400 million. With recent movies like “Rocky Balboa” and “Creed,” which he helped produce, he only continues to add extra dollar signs to his bank account.
Beyonce – $450 million
Massively popular singer Beyonce got her start in the group Destiny’s Child before going solo. Her career as a singer, actress, and fashion designer has made her a whopping $450 million. There’s a very good chance her husband will make an appearance on this list at some point. But before we get to Jay-Z, this next Diva is worth more than $500 million!
Mariah Carey – $535M
Mariah Carey’s voice can traverse octaves that few human beings on the planet can even dream of. As far as pure vocal talent, she’s arguably second to none. In a career spanning over two decades, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Even after facing some down years, both personally and professionally, she’s still been able to remain a musical icon. Today, she’s worth an estimated $535 Million.
Tom Cruise – $580M
Tom Cruise has evolved quite a bit since his days of dancing in his underwear in Risky Business and flying a fighter jet in Top Gun. The American film actor and producer was once the highest paid actor in Hollywood after taking on — and excelling in — a variety of different film roles. He’s managed to keep the paychecks coming with his appearances in the numerous “Mission: Impossible” films, among others. Even after his divorce from Katie Holmes, he’s still worth $480 Million.
Howard Stern – $645M
Who said you can’t make money from a total lack of conversational filter and unabashed pottymouth? That’s how Howard Stern did it. He had a flair for saying whatever was on his mind, thumbing his nose at the establishment, and toeing the line. His radio show continues to be broadcast on Sirius, and he’s parlayed his talents into a becoming a host on America’s Got Talent. Today, he’s worth an estimated $645 million.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather – $700M
As of January 2018, estimates of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s net worth range from $700 million to nearly $1 billion. How’d he get there…? Well from 2012 through 2015, he topped the highest-paid athletes lists of both Forbes and Sports Illustrated.
His 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao broke all previous boxing records, grossing more than $600 million between ticket sales, merchandise sales, and pay per view sales. According to sources, Mayweather took home at least $200-$250 million from the fight.
Mayweather’s $300-million year broke Tiger Woods’s record for most money made by an athlete in a single year. In 2008, Woods set the record when he totalled $115 million in golf earnings and endorsement deals.
Dr. Dre – $700M
Andre Young, better known as “Dr. Dre,” got his start in the music industry, but made the chunk of his money through the sale of his ubiquitously successful “Beats by Dre” headphones. The DJ for the infamous group “N.W.A” went years without putting out an album, but after selling his headphone line to Apple – Dre’s net worth rose to as much as $700 million.
To celebrate his lucrative deal with Apple, Dre purchased Tom Brady’s custom California mansion for a whopping $40 million in 2014. Brady and Gisele built the 14,000-square-foot home in 2009 for “just” $11 million.
Jay-Z – $750M
Rapper-producer Jay-Z is one of the most accomplished rappers of all-time. He also happens to be one of the richest, with an estimated net worth of $750 million. Over the course of his 20+ year career, he’s done it all. In 2004 he sold his record label Roc-A-Fella for $10 million. Then in 2007 he sold his clothing label Rocawear for a whopping $204 million.
He’s currently the owner of a high-end Champagne brand, the 40/40 Club, a chain of sports bars, and Tidal, a music streaming service, which Apple has reportedly been in talks to acquire for a handsome sum of cash.
Sean Combs – $750M
Not many people realize that Sean Combs not only dropped out of Howard University after two years, but was fired from his first job as talent director at Uptown Records. Ironically, that actually formed the foundation for Combs’ rise to stardom. Shortly after that, he linked up with the Notorious B.I.G, which helped skyrocket him to become the true mogul he is today. He’s estimated to be worth more than $750 million.
Larry David – $800M
Building on his success as the head writer and executive producer of Seinfeld, Lawrence Gene “Larry” David has enjoyed a successful career as a writer, comedian and producer. He was the star of the show Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, where he played a semi fictional caricature of himself. When you add it all up, his estimated net worth is around $800 million.
Michael Jordan – $1.65B
Regarded as the NBA’s greatest player of all-time, and potentially the most well known athlete in any sport, it’s only fair that Michael Jordan sits atop this exclusive list. While his total playing salary during his career totaled just $90 million, he has accumulated another $1.4 billion off the court.
Even though he hasn’t played in a NBA game since 2003, Jordan still commands top dollar from sponsors. In addition to his lucrative partnership with Nike, Jordan still has endorsement deals with Hanes, Gatorade, and Upper Deck.
In 2010, Jordan paid $175 million for a 90% ownership stake in the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets are now worth a whopping $1.05 billion.
With a bank account nearing $2 billion, it’s no surprise that a lot of athletes “Wanna Be Like Mike.”