Michael Schumacher is second richest athlete in the world
According to the Sunday Times, seven time world champion Michael Schumacher is the world’s second-richest athlete earning $823 million over his career. He comes in second to PGA golfer Tiger Woods who has career earnings of $869 million the newspaper said. And when you compare his earnings with other top athletes, it brings things into perspective. Schumacher has a comfortable lead over Michael Jordan ($516m), Roger Federer ($316m) and David Beckham ($258m) even with their storied careers.
In the world of Formula 1 drivers, next on the list would be Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, both of whom have earned an estimated $161 million apiece. Other F1 stars would include Lewis Hamilton who is raked at $89 million, with teammate Jenson Button close behind at $85 million. David Coulthard and Nigel Mansell are both at $80 million, while Jackie Stewart over the course of his career earned $67 million.
Schumacher is driving for the Mercedes AMG team in this years Formula 1 season, and the German born driver is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. If his career earnings are any indication, he very well may be. He holds many of the F1 driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions, points scored and most races won in a single season, 13 in 2004.