Black U.S. Athletes Rank Among Highest Paid Athletes on Forbes List


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Courtesy Photo-Boxer Floyd Mayweather, NBA player LeBron James, NBA player Kobe Bryant, and Pro Golf player Tiger Woods.

Four African-American athletes rank among the top 10 highest-paid stars in the world, according to the annual Forbes list of the wealthiest sports players.

The magazine’s list compiles athletes’ earnings from salary or winnings and endorsements since last June. The list does not include agent fees, taxes or investment gains or losses.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather held the top spot this year, rising from no. 15 last year, with earnings of $105 million. Mayweather was number one in 2012 as well, and reclaimed the top spot with two major fights in the last 12 months. His fight with Canelo Alvarez generated the most Pay-Per-View revenue ever at $150 million; Mayweather walked away with about $73 million.

LeBron James moved up one spot this year into third place, with an earning of $72.3 million. James owned a stake of Dre Beats headphones, which was recently sold for $3 billion to Apple. James’ Nike shoes sold $300 million last year in the U.S.

Kobe Bryant slipped several spots from no. 3 to no. 5, with earnings of $61.5 million. Bryant started a company last year, Kobe Inc., which has already made its first investment with a stake in the drink Body Armour. Bryant is still the highest-salaried NBA player making at least $8 million more than any other player. However, Bryant only played six games this past season due to an injury.

Last year’s top earner Tiger Woods slid down to no. 6 this year, with earnings of $61.2 million. Of that, $55 million came from endorsements, appearances and golf course designs. The first golf course designed by Woods will open this fall in Mexico.

Woods missed a number of tournaments last year due to injury, and EA Sports dropped him as the cover athlete of their annual PGA video game.

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