Professional athletes are earning more now than ever before—a combined $19.4 billion from just the top twenty-five. Much of it is directly related to their sports, sure, but a lot of it rests on product and brand endorsements. Much of the “extra” money to be made in sports can be attributed to the front runner on this list—Michael Jordan—who paved the way for professional athletes to make unheard of amounts of money from side hustles.
Today, the earning totals on this list include payments from actual salaries, endorsements, product licensing, prize money, bonuses, public appearances, and more. The dollar amounts shown here encompass the athlete’s earnings from the time they turned pro through June 1st, 2017—including all moneys made after their playing careers were over and, in the case of Arnold Palmer, made by his estate after his passing. All figures shown in this list have been adjusted for inflation.
Here are the 25 highest-paid athletes of all time and how much they’ve made: