Lewis Hamilton tops British sporting rich list

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s richest sportsman after increasing his wealth by £20m ($30.3m) in the past year.

Hamilton clinched his second world title at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a season-long battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and has won three of the first four races of the 2015 season.

He is doing very well off track as well, it seems, with The Sunday Times in London naming him as the wealthiest sportsman in Britain as part of its annual ‘rich list’.

The newspaper publishes a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people in Great Britain every year, but has released the sporting rich list one day ahead of the full ranking.

Hamilton remains in pole position from 2014 after increasing his personal wealth from £68m to £88m ($133m) in the past year. With a new contract soon to be signed with Mercedes as well, this figure is only set to rise in the coming years.

He is joined on the rich list by McLaren’s Jenson Button, who sits third on £71m ($107m), £1m behind Manchester United and England soccer captain Wayne Rooney (£72m).

Tennis player Andy Murray sits fourth on the list on £48m ahead of Queen’s Park Rangers’ soccer player Rio Ferdinand and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, who are fifth and sixth respectively.

Miami Heat’s British basketball player Luol Deng is joint-seventh alongside Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on £40m, ahead of New York City FC’s Frank Lampard in ninth (£39m). Nick Faldo (golf), Ryan Giggs (soccer), Rory McIlroy (golf) and Arsene Wenger (soccer) were joint-tenth on £38m.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 – Britain’s Richest Sportsmen and Managers

Wealth has been converted to USD, as per xe.com.

1. Lewis Hamilton (F1) $133m
2. Wayne Rooney (soccer) $109m
3. Jenson Button (F1) $107m
4. Andy Murray (tennis) $73m
5. Rio Ferdinand (soccer) $67m
6. Steven Gerrard (soccer) $64m
=7. Luol Deng (basketball) $61m
=7. Jose Mourinho (soccer) $61m
9. Frank Lampard (soccer) $59m
=10. Nick Faldo (golf) $58m
=10. Ryan Giggs (soccer) $58m
=10. Rory McIlroy (golf) $58m
=10. Arsene Wenger (soccer) $58m