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Mayweather Tops SI's Fortunate 50 List Of Athletes' Earnings For Third Straight Year

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. tops SI’s Fortunate 50 list for the third consecutive year, and the boxer “does it all without any endorsements,” according to Daniel Roberts of SI. TIGER WOODS and PHIL MICKELSON have off-the-course endorsements that “keep them high on this list; thanks to fat signing bonuses on new contracts.” Two athletes who “aren’t even playing this season (but have not retired)” -- NBAer GILBERT ARENAS and MLBer VERNON WELLS -- “made the list due to deferred money.” Among those who dropped off the list are Yankees SS DEREK JETER and suspended 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ. SI’s findings “consist solely of (pre-tax) salary, winnings, bonuses and paid endorsements (additional earnings athletes get from speaking engagements and their own side businesses are not reflected).” For auto racing and tennis, prize money comes from the '13 calendar year. Golf tournament winnings are from May 5, 2013 through April 20, 2014. Boxing purses are for the '14 calendar year and include projected money from bouts later this year (FORTUNE.com, 6/17

SI FORTUNATE 50 LIST
RANK
NAME
SALARY/WINNINGS
ENDORSEMENTS
TOTAL
1
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
$105,000,000
$0
$105,000,000
2
LeBron James
$19,067,500
$38,000,000
$57,067,500
3
Kobe Bryant
$30,453,805
$20,000,000
$50,453,805
4
Aaron Rodgers
$40,000,000
$5,800,000
$45,800,000
5
Peyton Manning
$25,000,000
$12,500,000
$37,500,000
6
Phil Mickelson
$4,221,975
$33,000,000
$37,221,975
7
Tiger Woods
$4,500,758
$31,000,000
$35,500,758
8
Tom Brady
$31,000,000
$4,000,000
$35,000,000
9
Derrick Rose
$17,632,688
$17,000,000
$34,632,688
10
Matthew Stafford
$31,500,000
$1,500,000
$33,000,000
11
Joe Flacco
$30,000,000
$2,200,000
$32,200,000
12
Matt Ryan
$30,000,000
$1,500,000
$31,500,000
13
Kevin Durant
$17,832,627
$13,000,000
$30,832,627
14
Dwyane Wade
$18,637,000
$10,000,000
$28,637,000
15
Zack Greinke
$28,000,000
$0
$28,000,000
16
Tony Romo
$26,500,000
$1,250,000
$27,750,000
17
Robinson Cano
$24,000,000
$3,000,000
$27,000,000
18
Ryan Howard
$25,000,000
$1,100,000
$26,100,000
19
Calvin Johnson
$25,000,000
$900,000
$25,900,000
20
Carmelo Anthony
$21,388,954
$4,500,000
$25,888,954
21
Amar'e Stoudemire
$21,679,893
$4,000,000
$25,679,893
22
Albert Pujols
$23,000,000
$2,500,000
$25,500,000
23
Cliff Lee
$25,000,000
$270,000
$25,270,000
24
Clay Matthews
$22,020,000
$3,100,000
$25,120,000
25
Prince Fielder
$24,000,000
$400,000
$24,400,000
26
Joe Mauer
$23,000,000
$1,300,000
$24,300,000
27
CC Sabathia
$23,000,000
$1,000,000
$24,000,000
28
Jimmie Johnson
$17,863,547
$5,900,000
$23,763,547
29
Dwight Howard
$20,513,178
$3,000,000
$23,513,178
30
Felix Hernandez
$22,857,000
$600,000
$23,457,000
31
Chris Paul
$18,668,431
$4,500,000
$23,168,431
32
Dirk Nowitzki
$22,721,381
$400,000
$23,121,381
33
Gilbert Arenas
$23,000,000
$20,000
$23,020,000
34
Blake Griffin
$16,441,500
$6,500,000
$22,941,500
35
Cole Hamels
$22,500,000
$350,000
$22,850,000
36
Miguel Cabrera
$22,000,000
$800,000
$22,800,000
37
Mark Teixeira
$22,500,000
$220,000
$22,720,000
38
Clayton Kershaw
$22,000,000
$700,000
$22,700,000
39
Serena Williams
$12,385,572
$10,000,000
$22,385,572
40
Joe Johnson
$21,466,718
$900,000
$22,366,718
41
Masahiro Tanaka
$22,000,000
$0
$22,000,000
42
Adrian Gonzalez
$21,000,000
$425,000
$21,425,000
43
Matt Kemp
$21,000,000
$400,000
$21,400,000
44
Pau Gasol
$19,285,850
$2,100,000
$21,385,850
45
Jacoby Ellsbury
$21,142,857
$70,000
$21,212,857
46
Chris Bosh
$19,067,500
$2,000,000
$21,067,500
47
Vernon Wells
$21,000,000
$0
$21,000,000
48
Justin Verlander
$20,000,000
$700,000
$20,700,000
49
Eli Manning
$13,500,000
$7,000,000
$20,500,000
50
Carl Crawford
$20,250,000
$120,000
$20,370,000
 

MONEY TEAM: ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said Mayweather being first on the list “for some reason continues to crack me up.” ESPN’s Mike Golic added Mayweather’s top-billing “is amazing because zero dollars of that are endorsements. You look at everybody else and their endorsements far outweigh their earnings” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 6/18).
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