Forbes: Highest-Paid Athletes Over The Last Decade

By Staff  |  09/28/2015

Tiger Woods

Floyd Mayweather may have made the most money over the last two years, but in the past 10 years, there's an athlete who has made more. His name is Tiger Woods.

The golfing legend tops Forbes' latest list of "Highest-Paid Athletes Over The Last Decade."

Over the past 10 years, Woods has earned an estimated $845 million, with his peak coming in 2008 with $115 million. According to Forbes, he was the first athlete to accumulate more than $1 billion in career earnings, with endorsements representing nearly 90% of his career income.

Mayweather lands at #2 on the list with $660 million in 10-year earnings, a big portion being from his record-setting bout with Manny Pacquiao in May, which earned him nearly $250 million.

At #3 is Kobe Bryant with $475 million, LeBron James is fourth with $472 million, and golfer Phil Mickelson rounds out the top 5 with $468 million.

The only female athlete on the list is Maria Sharapova with 10-year earnings of $250 million.

Below is the top 20, via Forbes.com.

1. Tiger Woods - $845 million.
2. Floyd Mayweather - $660 million.
3. Kobe Bryant - $475 million.
4. LeBron James - $472 million.
5. Phil Mickelson - $468 million.
6. Roger Federer - $455 million.
7. David Beckham - $441 million.
8. Manny Pacquiao - $432 million.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo - $407 million.
10. Lionel Messi - $350 million.
11. Alex Rodriguez - $291 million.
12. Fernando Alonso - $289 million.
13. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - $277 million.
14. Valentino Rossi - $275 million.
15. Derek Jeter - $271 million.
16. Kimi Raikkonen - $261 million.
17. Rafael Nadal - $253 million.
18. Maria Sharapova - $250 million.
19. Lewis Hamilton - $246 million.
20. Peyton Manning - $243 million.