The Fortunate 50

May 16, 2004

In assembling SI's inaugural list of the top 50 American athletes
by current annual income, here are some things we learned:
Top-ranked Tiger Woods nearly doubled No. 2 Shaquille O'Neal's
earnings; NBA players (24) make up nearly half the list; and one
fifth of the athletes play for New York-area teams. There are
only four football players, and no hockey players. The only two
women are sisters. Candidates had to be active athletes who are
U.S. citizens, which means that German race car driver Michael
Schumacher (who would have been No. 2 with $71 million), British
soccer demigod David Beckham ($30 million) and Czech hockey star
Jaromir Jagr ($14 million), for instance, were not eligible. We
also limited income to salary or winnings, bonuses, endorsement
contracts and appearance fees. In other words, we don't care if
Tiger and Shaq make a killing on Google stock. --Compiled by
Jonah Freedman

[S] Salary or winnings (including bonuses)
[E] Endorsements and appearance fees
[T] Total income

1
TIGER WOODS
Golf
[S]$6,673,413
[E]$70,000,000
[T]$76,673,413

2
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
Los Angeles Lakers
[S]$26,517,858
[E]$14,000,000
[T]$40,517,858

3
LEBRON JAMES
Cleveland Cavaliers
[S]$4,018,920
[E]$35,000,000
[T]$39,018,920

4
PEYTON MANNING
Indianapolis Colts
[S]$26,900,000
[E]$9,500,000
[T]$36,400,000

5
KEVIN GARNETT
Minnesota Timberwolves
[S]$29,000,000
[E]$7,000,000
[T]$36,000,000

6
OSCAR DE LA HOYA
Boxing
[S]$30,000,000
[E]$2,000,000
[T]$32,000,000

7
ANDRE AGASSI
Tennis
[S]$2,530,929
[E]$24,500,000
[T]$27,030,929

8
KOBE BRYANT
Los Angeles Lakers
[S]$13,498,000
[E]$12,000,000
[T]$25,498,000

9
DEREK JETER
New York Yankees
[S]$19,000,000
[E]$6,000,000
[T]$25,000,000

10
GRANT HILL
Orlando Magic
[S]$13,279,250
[E]$11,000,000
[T]$24,279,250

11
VINCE CARTER
Toronto Raptors
[S]$16,000,000
[E]$8,000,000
[T]$24,000,000

12
MANNY RAMIREZ
Boston Red Sox
[S]$23,700,000
[E]$250,000
[T]$23,950,000

13
DALE EARNHARDT JR.
Auto Racing
[S]$7,081,807
[E]$15,000,000
[T]$22,081,807

14
MIKE PIAZZA
New York Mets
[S]$15,000,000
[E]$6,500,000
[T]$21,500,000

15
TRACY MCGRADY
Orlando Magic
[S]$13,279,500
[E]$8,000,000
[T]$21,279,500

16
ALEX RODRIGUEZ
New York Yankees
[S]$17,000,000
[E]$4,000,000
[T]$21,000,000

17
ALLEN IVERSON
Philadelphia 76ers
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$7,000,000
[T]$20,500,000

18
SAMMY SOSA
Chicago Cubs
[S]$16,000,000
[E]$4,000,000
[T]$20,000,000

19
BARRY BONDS
San Francisco Giants
[S]$15,000,000
[E]$4,000,000
[T]$19,000,000

20
CARLOS DELGADO
Toronto Blue Jays
[S]$18,500,000
[E]$250,000
[T]$18,750,000

21
JEFF GORDON
Auto Racing
[S]$6,622,002
[E]$12,000,000
[T]$18,622,002

22
ANFERNEE HARDAWAY
New York Knicks
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$4,250,000
[T]$17,750,000

23
SERENA WILLIAMS
Tennis
[S]$2,504,871
[E]$15,000,000
[T]$17,504,871

24
JASON GIAMBI
New York Yankees
[S]$14,000,000
[E]$3,500,000
[T]$17,500,000

25
RASHEED WALLACE
Detroit Pistons
[S]$16,990,000
[E]$300,000
[T]$17,290,000

26
LANCE ARMSTRONG
Cycling
[S]$460,000
[E]$16,500,000
[T]$16,960,000

27
CHRIS WEBBER
Sacramento Kings
[S]$15,937,500
[E]$1,000,000
[T]$16,937,500

28
ANDRE MILLER
Denver Nuggets
[S]$16,400,000
[E]$250,000
[T]$16,650,000

29
LAVAR ARRINGTON
Washington Redskins
[S]$16,040,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$16,540,000

TIE
30
SHAWN GREEN
Los Angeles Dodgers
[S]$16,000,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$16,500,000

30
MIKE MUSSINA
New York Yankees
[S]$16,000,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$16,500,000

32
ALLAN HOUSTON
New York Knicks
[S]$15,937,500
[E]$500,000
[T]$16,437,500

33
TIM DUNCAN
San Antonio Spurs
[S]$12,676,125
[E]$3,500,000
[T]$16,176,125

34
JASON KIDD
New Jersey Nets
[S]$13,152,000
[E]$3,000,000
[T]$16,152,000

35
ROY JONES JR.
Boxing
[S]$15,000,000
[E]$1,000,000
[T]$16,000,000

36
PHIL MICKELSON
Golf
[S]$1,828,031
[E]$14,000,000
[T]$15,828,031

37
GRANT WISTROM
Seattle Seahawks
[S]$15,500,000
[E]$100,000
[T]$15,600,000

TIE
38
KEVIN BROWN
New York Yankees
[S]$15,000,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$15,500,000

38
ANTOINE WALKER
Dallas Mavericks
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$2,000,000
[T]$15,500,000

40
LAMAR ODOM
Miami Heat
[S]$15,000,000
[E]$375,000
[T]$15,375,000

41
VENUS WILLIAMS
Tennis
[S]$1,126,555
[E]$14,000,000
[T]$15,126,555

42
STEPHON MARBURY
New York Knicks
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$1,500,000
[T]$15,000,000

43
DAMON STOUDAMIRE
Portland Trail Blazers
[S]$14,375,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$14,875,000

TIE
44
RAY ALLEN
Seattle SuperSonics
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$1,000,000
[T]$14,500,000

44
CHIPPER JONES
Atlanta Braves
[S]$14,000,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$14,500,000

44
ANTONIO MCDYESS
Phoenix Suns
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$1,000,000
[T]$14,500,000

TIE
47
SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM
Portland Trail Blazers
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$14,000,000

47
DONOVAN MCNABB
Philadelphia Eagles
[S]$11,000,000
[E]$3,000,000
[T]$14,000,000

47
LATRELL SPREWELL
Minnesota Timberwolves
[S]$13,500,000
[E]$500,000
[T]$14,000,000

50
MICHAEL FINLEY
Dallas Mavericks
[S]$13,281,250
[E]$500,000
[T]$13,781,250

SOURCES: Salary, winnings and bonus figures from players'
associations, tour records, agents, news reports. Endorsement
estimates from agents, sports-marketing executives and analysts.
Salaries based on sports' current seasons (2004 for NFL). For
winnings-based sports (auto racing, boxing, cycling, golf,
tennis) 2003 calendar earnings used.

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)