Australian Racer Daniel Ricciardo joins Hamilton on Forbes’ list of richest athletes

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

31st May, 2020. 10:14 am

Daniel Joseph Ricciardo, an Australian racing driver has joined the British racer Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest athletes.

According to a media report, Ricciardo came in at 48th with estimated earnings in 2019 of $29 million.

Joining the list for the first time in his nine-year Formula 1 career, Of that figure, $27 million came courtesy of his new contracts with another $2 million in endorsements.

Vettel, who is likely to drop off the list in the near future with his Ferrari contract expiring at the end of the 2020 season, earned $36.3 million in 2019, although only $300,000 came from sponsors.

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Earlier it was reported that Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 Driver named as the richest sportsperson in the United Kingdom with a net worth of 224 million pounds.

Hamilton, who signed a new contract with Mercedes in 2018 worth up to 40 million pounds a year, saw his net worth rise by 37 million pounds over the last year. Rory McIlroy, who returned to the top of golf’s world rankings in February for the first time since 2015, is the second another sportsperson to feature on the main Rich List with a net worth of 170 million pounds.

On the other hand World-renowned Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has surpassed Argentina’s Lionel Messi to become the highest-earning athlete of the year for the first time. Roger Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slam tournaments, is the first tennis player since 1990 to become first-class.

He was fifth on the list last year but jumped four places to top the Forbes list for the first time in his career.

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