Report: Tiger Woods is second highest earning athlete

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He might not have hit a ball competitively for close to a year but Tiger Woods influence on the game continues to know no bounds.

The 15-time major champion has just been revealed as the second highest earning athlete of all time.

According to a report by Sportico, a digital sports business publication, Woods has made $2.1 billion in inflated-adjusted earnings in the 25 years since he turned professional. Only basketball great Michael Jordan, with $2.62 billion, has made more.

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Woods is, by some distance, the highest earning player in the history of the PGA Tour. To date, he has banked $120,851,706 – almost $30 million more than nearest challenger Phil Mickelson.

Interestingly, the second and third people on the Sportico list are also golfers: the late Arnold Palmer ($1.5 billion) and 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus ($1.38 billion).

With $1.08 billion, the reigning US PGA champion Phil Mickelson comes in at No.11, with Greg Norman ($815 million) in 15th.

The top-10 is as follows:

1. Michael Jordan: $2.62 billion
2. Tiger Woods: $2.1 billion
3. Arnold Palmer: $1.5 billion
4. Jack Nicklaus: $1.38 billion
5. Cristiano Ronaldo: $1.24 billion

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6. Floyd Mayweather Jr: $1.2 billion
7. LeBron James: $1.17 billion
8. Lionel Messi: $1.14 billion
9. Michael Schumacher: $1.13 billion
10. Roger Federer: $1.12 billion

The highest ranked female on the list is Serena Williams, whose career haul of $480million placed her just outside the top-40.





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