The annual Forbes Richest People in the World top is out and the current reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton ranks as the 11th highest paid athlete on Earth.
His combined net worth last year was $46 million and this includes $42 million in salary and prizes and an additional $4 million from his sponsorship contracts.
No other racing driver has won more money than Hamilton in 2015. Football is obviously the most profitable sport in the world with international sensations Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi taking the first two places on the Highest Paid Athletes list.
On 3rd place we find basketballer LeBron James, followed by tennis star Roger Federer, NBA player Kevin Durant and another tennis champion, Novak Djokovic on 6. The rest of the list includes talented athletes like NBA star Cam Newton (7), olfers Phil Mickelson (8) and Jordan Spieth (9), plus another celeb from NBA, Kobe Bryant (10).
So what about other Formula One drivers? The closest placed fellow pilot is Ferrari’s leading man Sebastian Vettel who ranked as the 19th highest-paid athlete last year with a salary of $40 million and another $1 million in sponsorship. Fernando Alonso is next, on the 20th place, thanks to a total cume of $36.5 million in 2016. Lewis Hamilton’s co-driver Nico Rosberg made $21 million last year, enough to keep him in the top 100, but very far down the list, on the 98th spot.
Still, you can’t fault Mercedes and its generosity in terms of salary practice, as Rosberg is in fact the only Formula One driver who made it on Forbes’ list without actually winning any championship in his career.
Totuși, nu-i putem acuza pe cei de la Mercedes de generozitate excesivă atunci când vine vorba de salarii, Rosberg fiind, de fapt, singurul pilot de Formula 1 care a ajuns pe lista Forbes fără să câștige vreun titlu în carieră.