Bolt 32nd among richest athletes of 2016
Jamaica's incomparable Usain Bolt has climbed to number 32 on Forbes Magazine's list of richest athletes. Bolt, who the three-time Olympic 100 metre, 200m, and 4x100m gold medal winner, pulled in US$32.5 million this year and is the only track and field athlete included on the list of wealthy athletes.
Bolt was listed at 45 and 73 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is number one, with his Argentine counterpart Lionel Messi, US basketball player Lebron James, Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and Kevin Durrant rounding out the top five.
Ronaldo raked in almost three times as much as Bolt with earnings of US$88 million from salary, winnings and endorsements. Messi isn't far behind at US$81.4 million, with James, Federer and Durrant earning US$77.2 million, US$67.8 million and US$56.2 million respectively.
Tiger Woods, the US golf who was number one from 2007 to 2011 and in 2013, appears just now at number 12 with earnings of US$45.27 million. Boxer, Floyd Mayweather, who took over the top spot from Woods in 2012 and held it in 2014 and 2015, is now 16th with US$44 million.
The two highest paid women are tennis players Serena Williams of the USA and Russia's Maria Sharapova at US$28.9 and US$21.9 million respectively. Historically, the tall blonde Russian has been earning significantly more than Williams but this year has faced a drug suspension. No other female athlete is in the top 100.
The last name on the list is US baseball player Buster Posey whose 2016 earnings was US$20.8 million.
Bolt appears at number six on an adjoining list on the Forbes website, enumerating the most valuable players on social media. The Jamaican is reported to have 23.9 million followers on social media. Ronaldo sits atop this list too. According to Forbes, the Real Madrid ace has 214.7 million social media followers.