We are all aware of the dozens of rags to riches stories many athletes have undergone. Some of them found a comfortable life where they can provide for themselves and family, some now have more money than we can ever possibly imagine. How much money do the top athletes actually have? Here are some of the world’s best sportsmen (and women), even those who have retired, and their net worth (note, they are not necessarily the richest):
Hope Solo – $2.5 Million
The American goalkeeper is estimated to have a net worth of $2.5 million. Solo made her money playing for the US women’s national team as well as Seattle Reign FC. Over the years, she signed endorsement deals with Nike, Bank of America, Gatorade and Blackberry, just to name a few. But she’s also been caught up in a few scandals, ended up being cut from the USWNT due to behavior issues and said she lost her endorsements. However Nike stood by her.
Odell Beckham Jr. – $4 Million
Odell Beckham Jr. is still at the beginning of his career, and currently worth an estimated $4 million to $5 million. The hotheaded wide receiver signed a four-year $10m contract with the Giants in 2014. But he has more money coming in, in 2015, Beckham signed a deal to become the new face of Head & Shoulders and has endorsement deals with Nike, Foot Locker and Lenovo as well. Beckham is also a spokesperson for ROAR Beverages, a company he’s also invested in.
Ryan Lochte – $6 Million
The Olympic swimmer became a household name during the 2012 Olympics, netting some big sponsorships and soaring to a net worth of $6 million. After this summer Olympics’ gas station fiasco, the Olympic champion lost several big endorsements, including Ralph Lauren and Speedo. Though the shamed swimmer was quick to get a few new endorsements, including one with Robocopp, a company which makes crime prevention devices.