LeBron beats Federer in Olympics list of biggest moneymakers

Jul 28, 2012, 07:50 IST | AFP

NBA superstar LeBron James edges tennis legend Roger Federer for the title of biggest moneymaker at the Olympics with an annual income of $53 million, according to Forbes magazine.

The 2012 Forbes list of the world’s 100 richest athletes was revealed last month with US dollar figures for salary and prize money as well as endorsement sponsorship deals. In all, there were 12 London Olympians from the list, including half of the 12-man US Olympic Dream Team of NBA stars, four tennis players, Spanish NBA star Pau Gasol and Usain Bolt.

American boxer Floyd Mayweather, jailed in Las Vegas for a domestic assault, led the list at $85 million with Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao second on $62 million and 14-time major golf champion Tiger Woods third on $59.4 million.

NBA Most Valuable Player James, who led the Miami Heat to the NBA crown last month for his first career title, was fourth on the list, just ahead of Federer in fifth at $52.7 million.  

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