A lot of people have probably dreamt of being an athlete even once when they were kids, believing that playing your favorite sport for a living is the ideal life. It turns out, you weren’t wrong as some pros actually get paid for doing the sport they love.
And some of them even get paid A LOT that they’re named the richest extreme sports athlete. Here are some of them.
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Snowboarding is one of the extreme sports that have plenty of athletes who have a huge net worth. But, among all of them, Shaun White is the most recognized and undisputed champion in the sport. He won numerous gold medals in both the Olympics and X Games. He also became the face of brands such as Nike, Burton, and GoPro, to name a few. Hence, he earned a net worth of $20 million.
Skiing is also a popular sport around the world that has made numerous athletes richer than ever. One of them is Mikaela Shiffrin. She has two gold medals to her name and is, by far, the youngest to champion in Olympic alpine skiing. At a young age, Shiffrin has been breaking records.
While she has just begun her professional career this year, at the age of 23, she already has a net worth of approximately $3 million as of writing.
Skateboarding may be relatively new to the Olympics as it was only in 2016 that it got included in the Olympics. But, even before, this extreme sport has already been paving the way for talented skateboarders to be recognized.
Paul Rodriguez is one of the veteran skateboarders who has already gained recognition in the sport even before skateboarding was included in the Olympics.
Thanks to X Games, he earned the reputation as one of the best in this field and scored several medals. He was eventually sponsored by Nike 6.0, which helped turn his career around, helping him earn a net worth of $4 million.
Bam Megara is also a notable athlete in skateboarding. Mostly known as the bad boy from shows such as Viva La Bam, and Jackass, Megara has gained $45 million over the years.
Tony Hawk, on the other hand, has the biggest net worth among professional skateboarders and other extreme sports stars in the world with a net worth of $120 million, which is nearly THREE TIMES the net worth of Shaun White, who is the second richest extreme sports athlete in the world.
Mixed Martial Arts
In the field of Mixed Martial Arts, Conor McGregor is the richest with a net worth of $120 million as of writing. He deserves it, though, as he is one of only three fighters in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to have ever won titles in different weight classes.
The world of boxing has seen numerous fighters whose net worths have increased a lot. Some of them are Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather.
Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most successful boxers of all time. In this entire career, he only has six losses out of 46 fights. Because of how well he did in boxing, he gained lots of sponsorship, which also helped him gain a net worth of $400 million.
Manny Pacquiao is also a great boxer who deserves a net worth of $220 million. Throughout his career, only lost eight times.
Floyd Mayweather, on the other hand, has more than $450 million in his bank. In his entire career, he has fought 50 times and hasn’t been defeated yet.
Surfing is yet another extreme sport that will not just make you enjoy riding the waves but will also leave you with a lot of money. Laird Hamilton, for instance, is one of the popular surfers who has a net worth of $5 million.
Aside from being a champion, he is also known as an innovator in this sport. As he helped with creating some of the best moments that the surfing world has ever seen. He’s even the first surfer to complete a 360 loop.
While Hamilton has broken several records in his time, Kelly Slater remains the household name that everyone will never forget when talking about surfing. Slater won five ASP World titles consecutively from the ’90s to 2011. Because of this, Slater’s net worth has reached $8 million.
Before being seen on the big screens, John Cena and Dwayne Johnson were professional wrestlers. John Cena started in 2001 and since then, he has won the championship title more than 12 times. And thanks to this sport, he got recognized well that he scored sponsorships and even acting stints, which gained him a net worth of $55 million.
Dwayne Johnson is also known as one of the best professional wrestlers. He has a lot of WWE achievements and successful films to boast of. Because of this, he gained $380 net worth, which makes him one of the richest people in the world.
Aside from being a professional tennis player, Ion Tiriac was also an ice hockey player. While he excelled in both sports, he is more known in his hockey-playing career. Despite that, his heart has not forgotten his love for tennis.
Hence, even after he retired from hockey and tennis, he made sure that he’ll still be close to tennis by being the owner of the Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament. In addition to that, he now works as Lucas Pouille’s manager. All in all, he has a net worth of 41.2 billion.
In BMX, Matt Hoffman is leading. His efforts have helped the sport become more recognized around the world. From showcasing his talent to even making appearances in several films, many people got to know more about BMXing. This also resulted in an increase in Hoffman’s net worth, which is now $18 million.
Travis Pastrana is one of the most accomplished athletes in motocross with a net worth of $15 million. He constantly pushes his limits and he’s not afraid to try new things to show his love and dedication to the sport.
Aside from his talent that made him win numerous competitions, he also scored sponsorships from huge brands like Red Bull. He also has his traveling show, which helped him increase his net worth.
German racer Michael Schumacher is one of the top athletes of this sport. Regarded as one of the best Formula One drivers of all time, Schumacher won seven championships, where five of which is won by him consecutively. Because of this, his net worth is now $600 million, which puts him fifth on the list of the richest athletes worldwide.
Peter Sagan is the highest-paid cyclist of 2020. While he hasn’t been able to regain his World Champion title, he’s still winning competitions left and right, making him earn nearly $6.4 million.
Kim Yuna, on the other hand, is the richest figure skater in the world so far with a net worth of $35.5 million. She has gold and silver medals from competing at the Olympics and is sponsored by top brands like Korean Air, Nike, Hyundai, and Samsung.
Representing Denmark in the Summer Olympics in 2012 and 2016, Anna Kasprzak has received multiple awards and sponsorships. And thanks to this, throughout her career, she has already gained $1 billion net worth.
Alex Honnold is known for rock climbing and his net worth today is about $2 million. While it’s a bit low compared to the majority of the athletes on this list, he is, by far, the most successful athlete in this sport.
Playing sports can earn you a living just as how it did to these extreme sports athletes. So, as early as now, why not try your hand at the port you’ve been meaning to try? Who knows, you might be the next highest-earning athlete on this list.