The 20 Richest Athletes of All Time

It’s become somewhat of a tradition that we pour over Forbes’ yearly list of the richest athletes from the last year. Whether you are a diehard sports nut or just a big fan of countdowns, it’s fascinating to get a glimpse at who makes the list — and where all that dough comes from.

But at the end of 2016, Forbes changed the game up a bit. Instead of a list for just the year, the publication whipped up a special tabulation of the richest athletes of all time. It is a fascinating lexicon, discovering who the real money-makers are. (Although, the names at the top of catalog probably aren’t too surprising.) Here is a look at the 20 richest athletes of all time.

20. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao smiles during a media event.

Manny Pacquiao smiles during a media event. Manny Pacquiao smiles during a media event | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Earnings: $490 million

Unlike many athletes on this list, Manny Pacquiao doesn’t get the bulk of his bankroll from big endorsement deals. According to, the boxing icon makes most of his moolah in the ring.

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