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The Fortunate 50
JONAH FREEDMAN
July 04, 2005
SI's second annual ranking of the highest-paid U.S. athletes
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July 04, 2005

The Fortunate 50

SI's second annual ranking of the highest-paid U.S. athletes

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GIVING BACK

Here is a list of the top charitable foundations organized and funded by active pro athletes, led by Andre Agassi (left), along with the annual outlay disclosed by each in its most recently published tax filing. (Not all the funds were necessarily contributed by the athletes themselves.)

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IT WON'T BE LONG

Who's most likely to crack the U.S. Fortunate 50 in the next few years? The current threshold is just over $14 million in income. Here is SI's list of Future Fortunates--who are still a couple of million away, and in many cases a lot more--beginning with Danica Patrick (left).

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OFFSHORE BANKING

The U.S. isn't the only country where sports are big business, but sometimes it seems to be. Of the 20 best-compensated athletes who are not U.S. citizens, 11 play in U.S.-based leagues. As in the U.S. Fortunate 50, after the undisputed income leader-- Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (left)--there's a precipitous drop to the still very comfortable No. 2, David Beckham.

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