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Don't quote me on this, but I remember reading in Racer or something like that, that Kimi is #3 highest paid athlete in the world? Behind Tiger and Beckam? False? I could see it being true.
As of 2007,.....so Hams bumped Kims by 30Mil...and The Driver, by a 34.... BTW both,...they have the GDP of several small countries! Hams, can buy Norman Manley International Airport, Air Grendada and still have like $40 mil in the bank!
#1 - Tiger Woods ($100 million)
Golf - Probably the most famous sportsman in the world for a number of years now, Tiger Woods heads our list of the top 10 highest paid athletes of 2007. Regularly winning majors and other opens aroud the globe, the golfer has made his earnings this year through competition prize money and lucrative sponsorship deals.
#2 - Oscar De La Hoya ($43 million)
Boxing - Oscar De La Hoya's title fight with Floyd Mayweather in May 2007 may have ended unsuccessfully in the ring, but financially it proved extremely successful with De La Hoya earning a record $43 million. More records were broken with highest gate receipts ($19 million), pay per view revenue ($120 million) and pay per view audience (2.2 million).
#3 - Phil Mickelson ($42 million)
Golf - After a shaky string of results in the early year (including blowing the 2006 US Open on the last hole), Phil Mickelson's season picked up with the win at the Player's Championship, earning him $1.6 million (the highest ever PGA tour purse). This along with endorsement deals from the likes of Ford and Exxon Mobil help to put Mickelson the 3rd highest paid athlete of 2007.
#4 - Kimi Raikkonen ($40 million)
Formula One - With the retirment of 7 time world chamion Michael Schumacher, Ferrari needed a proven, experienced driver to fill his boots. Kimi Raikkonen, with 5 years experience at the top with McLaren appeared to be the right choice; Ferrari have signed him on a 3 year contract that makes him the highest paid driver in Formula One.
#5 - Michael Schumacher ($36 million)
Formula One - The most successful driver ever in Formula one, with 7 championship titles, 91 race victories and 154 top-three finishes, Michael Schumacher is in the list of highest paid athletes at number 5. Over his career, he earned $650 million in salary and endorsements deals, and last year achieved arguably the pinnacle of his career providing the voice of a Ferrari in the Disney-Pixar movie Cars.