Fernando Alonso tops Forbes list of richest race car drivers in the world

Forbes Magazine has released their list of highest earning individuals in the arena of sports for the year 2012. The list was released on Monday June 18, 2012 and gives an account of these athletes’ earnings. Three motorsport stars feature in the top 20 list of Forbes highest paid athletes.

Ferrari’s Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso is ranked highest in the list when it comes to motorsports. He is placed 19th with earnings of $32 million in 2012. After Alonso, fellow F1 driver, Michael Schumacher takes the 20th place overall with annual earnings of $30 million in 2012. Schumi shares his place with MotoGP star – Valentino Rossi.

Rossi and Schumacher are said to have earned $30 million during the same period. According to Forbes, Rossi’s Ducati contract earns him $17 million per annum while he has earned $13 million in endorsements. Top NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is ranked 23rd and has earned $28.2 million while McLaren F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is at 24th place with earnings totaling $28 million.

After Hamilton there is no other F1 or MotoGP racer in the top 100 list. But there are others from the field. NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson feature in the top 100 list with annual earnings of $23.6 million, $22.3 million and $21.5 million respectively.

Top 20 earners for 2012

1 Floyd Mayweather – $85 million
2 Manny Pacquiao – $62 million
3 Tiger Woods – $59.4 million
4 LeBron James – $53 million
5 Roger Federer – $52.7 million
6 Kobe Bryant – $52.3 million
7 Phil Mickelson – $47.8 million
8 David Beckham – $46 million
9 Cristiano Ronaldo – $42.5 million
10 Peyton Manning – $42.4 million
11 Lionel Messi – $39 million
12 Haloti Ngata – $37.3 million
13 Larry Fitzgerald – $36.8 million
14 Ndamukong Suh – $36 million
15 Charles Johnson – $34.4 million
16 Rafael Nadal – $33.2 million
16 Mario Williams – $33.2 million
18 Alex Rodriguez – $33 million
19 Fernando Alonso – $32 million
20 Valentino Rossi – $30 million
20 Michael Schumacher – $30 million

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