Mercedes Formula 1 driver and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named the 10th highest-paid athlete in world on the publication of Forbes‘ annual list.
Having been named the richest British sportsmen by The Sunday Times earlier this year, Hamilton has now been ranked 10th globally, with an estimated income of $46 million.
Forbes notes that Hamilton earned $38m in salary and winnings as part of his contract with Mercedes, which expires at the end of 2018, and a further $8m in endorsements.
“The British racecar driver is in the middle of a three-year contract extension that kicked off with the 2016 season. It is likely to pay out more than $120 million, including bonuses,” adds Forbes‘ profile on Hamilton.
“Hamilton won his third F1 title in 2015. He is the most marketable drivers in the sport, boasting endorsement deals with IWC, Monster Energy, L’Oreal, Bose, Puma, MV Agusta Motorcycles and Bombardier Recreational Products.”
Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel was 14th on the list, while McLaren’s Fernando Alonso ranked 20th. The 100-strong list also featured two NASCAR drivers: Jimmie Johnson (93rd) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (100th).
The list was topped for the second year in a row by Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, with an estimated income of $93m.