No women in Forbes' top 100 richest athletes list

Rex Christensen
June 9, 2018

The list is the annual one put together by Forbes magazine listing the world's top-paid athletes.

United States boxer Floyd Mayweather has re-claimed the crown of the world's top earning athlete, but no women, or Australians, made the list. Mayweather's highly publicized fight with former UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor brought in huge earnings and made him the highest-paid athlete for the fourth time in the past seven years. It tops the record from one sport set just past year with 32 hoopsters (only 18 were on the 2016 list).

FC Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi ranked second on the list at $111 million. So, all of us switching the TV channel whenever a women's tournament comes on is equally culpable for the all-male affair exemplified by this year's Forbes list.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather (left) reclaims the title of richest athlete in a list that also includes sports superstars (from left) LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer.

Kohli is not just cricket-crazy India's biggest name but is also one of the most popular athletes in the world, "boasting more Twitter followers (25 million-plus) than all but three active sports stars".

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A further $18 million in endorsements took the Irish fighter's earnings to $130 million, just behind Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was third with earnings of $142 million. In 2017, only Serena Williams had made the same Forbes list.

As The Field had noted previous year, there is a huge financial disparity between male and female athletes. James brought in a total of $85.5 million past year between salary and endorsements.

The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23 percent jump over a year ago. Roger Federer ($77.2m) 8.

Forbes' list is based on known earnings such as prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018, plus endorsement estimates including sponsorship deals and appearance fees, based on "conversations with dozens of industry insiders".

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