Hamilton tops British sporting rich list for fourth straight year

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Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s richest sportsman for the fourth year in a row, with an estimated personal wealth of $169 million.

Hamilton narrowly missed out on a fourth F1 drivers’ title in 2016, falling five points shy of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton remained top of the tree in Britain’s sporting rich list though, which is due to be published on Sunday by The Sunday Times.

Hamilton upped his wealth by £25m through 2016, giving him a total fortune of £131m ($169m) that puts him £20m clear of the field.

Manchester United soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a new entry to the list following his summer move to Old Trafford, and slots straight into second place on the rich list with an estimated fortune of £110m ahead of teammate and England captain Wayne Rooney.

Hamilton is not the only F1 driver to make the list, with Jenson Button also featuring. The recently-semi-retired McLaren racer sits fourth, having increased his fortune by £9m in 2016 after a pay hike in his McLaren contract.

2017 Sunday Times Rich List – Sport (all figures converted into dollars)

1. Lewis Hamilton (F1) $169m
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (soccer) $142m
3. Wayne Rooney (soccer) $120m
4. Jenson Button (F1) $111m
5. Rory McIlroy (golf) $106m
6. Sir Andy Murray (tennis) $99m
7. Jose Mourinho (soccer) $79m
8. Gareth Bale (soccer) $70m
9= Luol Deng (basketball) $64m
9= Pep Guardiola (soccer) $64m