Schumacher world's second-richest sportsman

Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 14.11.2010
Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 14.11.2010 / Copyright: Charniaux / xpb

Michael Schumacher has been pipped at the post in the race to be the world's richest sportsman.

According to the Sunday Times' annual listings, the seven time world champion's (US) $823 million in career earnings is beaten only by golf legend Tiger Woods.

American Woods has earned $869 million in his own ultra-successful career, the newspaper found.

And the Sunday Times said the pair have each earned hundreds of millions of dollars more than other high-earning sportsmen, including Michael Jordan ($516m), Roger Federer ($316m) and David Beckham ($258m).

F1's two other representatives, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, were way down the top-twenty list, with their respective earnings at about $161 million apiece.

McLaren's world champions Lewis Hamilton ($89m) and Jenson Button ($85m), meanwhile, appear only on the list for British sportsmen, and they are both outpaced by the $129m earned by former Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine mainly through property investment.

However, Hamilton and Button have each earned more in their careers than David Coulthard, Nigel Mansell, former BAR boss David Richards (all $80m) and Sir Jackie Stewart ($67m).

Those earnings, however, are all dwarfed by Bernie Ecclestone's estimated $4 billion, although the 81-year-old F1 chief executive does not appear at all on the list of the world's richest overall.

That list is headed by mega-earners like Sauber sponsor Carlos Slim, who according to the Sunday Times is worth $71 billion.


Published May 8th, 2012 8:55am
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Han Solo Han Solo
I hate Golf...
May 9th, 2012 8:55am
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I still have MASSIVE respect for the man. One of my favorite F1 drivers ever, along with Senna, Kimi, and Alonso. PURE CLASS.
May 8th, 2012 4:12pm
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Pepito060666 Pepito060666
Congratulations for him , is something we can admired ,his live is always in dangers .Kudos.
May 8th, 2012 3:02pm
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gooniz gooniz
richest sportsmen are tiger woods and Schumacher!! since when did car racing and golf became a sport. are we supposed to consider tiger woods an athlete ??
May 8th, 2012 1:04pm
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I guess any kind of competition where someone is a winner is considered a sport. Next sport on the list: cooking competitions
May 8th, 2012 1:15pm
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
...don't forget about those PC gamers too...they are now probably considered athletes as well...lol
May 8th, 2012 1:54pm
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buruchaga buruchaga
Cyber athlete like Jonathan Wendell a.k.a Falatal1ty.
May 8th, 2012 6:03pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
try making one fast lap in an F1 car and then talk again.
May 8th, 2012 2:32pm
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air_cooled air_cooled
Why does he have to do this? Micheal Schumacher has a record 76 fastest laps. By comparison the second place man has 41 fastest laps. It sounds like you believe that a driver has to be currently setting fastest laps to be a good driver in the all time rankings?
May 8th, 2012 9:38pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
@ air_cooled, dude, relax, take a nap, then read my comment again.
May 8th, 2012 10:43pm
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f1 needs a trained driver true, but our mocking is about golf. I mean a suited gentleman with leather shoes driving from one hole to the next in his fancy electic cart doesn't exactly qualify for an athlete.
May 9th, 2012 7:56am
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edd_lg edd_lg
@ PAA , not every sport has to be about strength, look at snooker, target shooting, curling and other sports like that. They require coordination, a good eye, good body control, etc.
May 9th, 2012 9:18am
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adz911 adz911
@gooniz, seriously??? Sure golf looks like it's the easiest thing in the world to play, but I can certainly tell you that there is a lot of physical training involved, especially to stabilise the rotator cuff, deltoids, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, pectorals, obliques and core. As for racing, have a look at one of Schumacher's training videos. They need inhuman levels of core strength to hold their bodies up in corners especially with the enormous g-forces involved. So of course they are sports because they have to put the training in to excel in their field as well as competing for a championship. By your logic, I'm guessing your idea of sport is something like Football or something like that.
May 8th, 2012 3:24pm
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sensei sensei
The reason why golf LOOKS easy is because people see professionals playing it. Of course professionals make it LOOK easy. Its why they are professionals. What gooniz fails to grasp is that playing golf or driving an F1 car is easy. Playing golf or driving an F1 car WELL, much less at a professional level, is far beyond the abilities of most human beings. If it were not, more people would be pros...wouldn't they?
May 8th, 2012 4:36pm
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clash_189 clash_189
Setting your shoot at an expected point is not easy, the difference maybe only few meters, but in golf, few meters and at what direction is similiar for how football players make angle for their shoot as well as how short a F1 driver can brake could make him a champion or loser. It is all the small details that normal human can't go consistently, but those athletes make it every time they do their job.
May 9th, 2012 12:09pm
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pzigly pzigly
If it werent for top gear he wouldn't have even cracked top 10........ lol
May 8th, 2012 10:47am
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edd_lg edd_lg
Schumacher was richer than Woods long before he was on Top Gear, he was the world's first billionaire athlete (in US dollars), but he donates a lot of his money to charity.
May 8th, 2012 2:31pm
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pzigly pzigly
LMAO I got a lot of negatives for that comment...... if you guys didnt notice i was being scarcastic, obviously top gear paid him cents to what one championship did for him
May 9th, 2012 8:36am
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