Floyd Mayweather is rich. So is LeBron James. But Forbes just released their list of the highest-paid athletes of 2015 and, as it turns out, Money Mayweather is way, way, WAY richer than LeBron is right now. Like, it's not even close.
Over the last 12 months, LeBron has made about $65 million. Almost $21 million of that came from his annual salary for playing in the NBA with the other $44 million coming from endorsement deals. And while that dwarfed the $15 million that Mayweather made in the last year from endorsements, Mayweather's salary/winnings from the last year are simply ridiculous. He raked in $285 million to finish out the year with $300 million total. That put him at the top of the Forbes list by a wide margin and makes him the highest-paid athlete of 2015.
The Forbes' top 10 looks like this:
- Floyd Mayweather: $300 million ($285 million salary + $15 million in endorsements)
- Manny Pacquiao: $160 million ($148 million salary + $12 million in endorsements)
- Cristiano Ronaldo: $79.6 million ($52.6 million salary + $27 million in endorsements)
- Lionel Messi: $73.8 million ($51.8 million salary + $22 million in endorsements)
- Roger Federer: $67 million ($9 million salary + $58 million in endorsements)
- LeBron James: $64.8 million ($20.8 million salary + $44 million in endorsements)
- Kevin Durant: $54.1 million ($19.1 million salary + $35 million in endorsements)
- Phil Mickelson: $50.8 million ($2.8 million salary + $48 million in endorsements)
- Tiger Woods: $50.6 million ($600,000 salary + $50 million in endorsements)
- Kobe Bryant: $49.5 million ($23.5 million salary + $26 million in endorsements)
Go here to see the rest of the list. We can't say we're shocked to see Mayweather at the top again (he's landed there three times in the last four years). But is anyone else surprised that no NFL players cracked the top 10?
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