In 2007, Kimi Räikkönen was tipped to be Michael Schumacher's successor at Ferrari. They certainly paid him as more than that. He earned $51 million a year at Ferrari, nearly double what Schumacher made per year. He won the F1 Driver's Championship in 2007, repaying Ferrari for their belief in him, but holy sh*t is that a lot of cash. Comparatively, Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation, has a nominal GDP of $37 million.
Kimi Räikkönen's annual salary was more than an entire country's GDP.