Sports Illustrated has named Floyd Mayweather Jr. as this year’s top-earning American athlete. This is the boxer’s second year at the top spot on the “Fortunate 50” list, as he is expected to make more than $90 million this year, up to a peak of $128 million.
On Sports Illustrated‘s renowned list, LeBron James sits comfortably in the number two spot. Kobe Bryant comes in at number four, and Tiger Woods, who has overcome controversy only to get into a tiff with fellow golfer Sergio Garcia, is number five. Woods consistently held Mayweather Jr.’s top-earning title since 2004, when Sports Illustrated first compiled “The Fortunate 50” list. From the world of basketball, we have Dwayne Wade (number 11), Kevin Durant, who donated $1 million to the Red Cross to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado, at number 12, and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony at number 16.
According to Sports Illustrated, each athlete is placed on the list as a result of their present salaries or salaries from recently completed seasons, winnings, current endorsement deals, and bonus figures received. All athletic candidates must be U.S. citizens and play in a professional league within the United States.