In all, these 50 athletes made nearly $2.8 billion in 12 months, up 16% from last year’s top 50 to an all-time high. Just over $1 billion of that came from endorsement deals and other off-the-field endeavors, the most ever for the top 50.
UFC fighter Conor McGregor lands at No. 1 in the ranking with $180 million following the sale of his majority stake in Irish whiskey distiller Proper No. Twelve. Osaka takes the top spot on the women’s side and is No. 12 in the ranking overall with $60 million, crushing the record she set for female athletes just a year ago, when she was No. 29 with $37.4 million.
Earnings were up from top to bottom, however. The cutoff to make the top 50 rose from $28.5 million last year to $34 million, the highest threshold ever.
Below, see the world’s 50 highest-paid athletes. Information about the methodology Forbes used to compile the list, which captures income the athletes collected between May 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021.