? THE BEST-COMPENSATED WOMEN
? THE MOST CHARITABLE SPORTSMEN
? FUTURE ZILLIONAIRES
? THE RICHEST FOREIGN JOCKS
Sources: salaries, winnings and bonus figures from players' associations, tour records, agents and news reports.
Endorsement estimates from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, IEG, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents. Salaries based on current or most recently completed seasons (exception: 2005 for NFL). For winnings-based sports (auto racing, boxing, cycling, golf, tennis), 2004 calendar year amounts used.
AND THE RICH GET EVEN RICHER. IN COMPILING OUR RANKINGS for 2005, we saw that even a subpar year doesn't stop people from throwing money at Tiger Woods, who will rake in $10 million more in endorsements this year than he did in '04. The top 10 had three newcomers, led by quarterback Michael Vick at No. 5. Golf fans' favorite lefthander shot up 27 places, and tennis's Serena Williams was the only woman to crack the rankings. Candidates had to be active athletes who are U.S. citizens. Again we limited income to salary or winnings, bonuses, endorsement contracts and appearance fees.
1 TIGER WOODS