Two-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has secured the top spot as Britain’s richest sportsman, after amassing an extra £20 million over the past year, with footballer Wayne Rooney coming far behind in second position.
The last year has seen the 30-year old F1 driver’s personal fortune rocket to a whopping £88 million, which saw him topping last weekend’s Sunday Times Rich List for professional sports people.
Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney came in second place in the ranking with £72 million to his name – meaning that the 29-year old retains the title of being the wealthiest Premier League player.
Experts predict that Rooney – who still has four years left on his £300,000-per-week contract – will become only the second player ever to accrue more than £100 million, following in David Beckham’s footsteps.
Hamilton wasn’t the only driver to appear high in the rich list, though, with his former McLaren teammate Jenson Button coming closely behind Rooney in third place with wealth of £71 million.
Next in line is tennis player Andy Murray, who has chalked up a number of strong performances in Wimbledon and the US Open over the last few years, helping him to amass £48 million. Throw in a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the Scot has earned significant amounts of money through sponsorship deals.
Making up the rest of the top 10 ranking with £40 million are basketball player Luol Deng and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, followed by golfers Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy with £38 million, footballer Ryan Giggs and football manager Arsene Wenger.
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