Top earning athletes

Our friends at Forbes have crunched the numbers and worked out the top 100 highest paid sportspeople on the planet today.

Athletes from 11 different sports qualified for the top 100, including two cricket legends (Mahendra Singh Dhoni at No. 31 and Sachin Tendulkar at No. 78), as well as track star Usain Bolt, who ranks No. 63 with earnings of $20.3 million. The 100 highest earners made $2.6 billion collectively during the past 12 months.

Earnings figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, as well as licensing and endorsement income for the 12 months between June 2011 and June 2012. We do not deduct for taxes or agents' fees.

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All figures are listed in US dollars

Jun 20, 2012

Top earning athletes

The world's highest-paid athletes 2012