Lewis Hamilton tops Sunday Times sportspersons' rich list

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during press conference ahead of the called off Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 12, 2020
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during press conference ahead of the called off Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 12, 2020
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Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is the richest sportsperson in the United Kingdom with a net worth of 224 million pounds ($275.6 million), according to The Sunday Times newspaper's Rich List.

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 only other sportsperson to feature on the main Rich List with a net worth of 170 million pounds.

Wales soccer player Gareth Bale, who earns 350,000 pounds per week after tax at Real Madrid, has a net worth of 114 million pounds and is the richest sportsperson aged 30 or under.

The Young Rich List is dominated by sports personalities who account for 18 of the 50 places, with world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua the only non-footballer to make the cut.

Joshua earned an estimated 78 million pounds from his two fights with Andy Ruiz Jr last year, taking his net worth to 107 million pounds.

Ten richest young sports stars aged 30 or under (2020 wealth figures in pounds) 1. Gareth Bale (soccer) 114 million 2. Anthony Joshua (boxing) 107 million 3. Paul Pogba (soccer) 50 million 4= Kevin de Bruyne (soccer) 34 million 4= David de Gea (soccer) 34 million 6. Raheem Sterling (soccer) 28 million 7. N'Golo Kante (soccer) 25 million 8. Harry Kane (soccer) 24 million 9. Daniel Sturridge (soccer) 22 million 10. Jordan Henderson (soccer) 21 million

• Meanwhile, Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher has been named the most influential person in Formula One history after a vote by fans on the sport's official website.

The result was revealed on Wednesday, the 70th anniversary of the first world championship grand prix at Silverstone in 1950.

Ferrari great Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since he suffered serious head injuries in a ski accident in 2013, beat former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone with 61% of the vote in a head-to-head final.

The German holds the record for titles and race wins (91), although six times champion Lewis Hamilton is threatening to take both.

In earlier rounds of the tournament, Schumacher beat the late champions Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio as well as team founder Enzo Ferrari.

An expert panel had produced a 32-name shortlist, divided into four categories of drivers, team bosses, technical innovators and game changers.

Formula One said thousands of fans had participated but did not give details.

- Reuters

 

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