Jacky Ickx Highest-Paid Athlete in the World

Jacky Ickx
Jacky Ickx led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid athletes” released on Sunday.

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It's been a rough year for the athlete, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 73-year-old Jacky Ickx has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid athletes for 2018 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 22/01/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Jacky Ickx tops annual list of highest-paid athletes

In 2015 it looked like the athlete’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (January 21) that Ickx is the highest-paid athlete in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between December 2016 and December 2017, a nearly $40 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Belgian athlete has an estimated net worth of $215 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Ickx Burger” chain) in Brussels, a Football Team (the “Brussels Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderickx - Belgium), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jacky) and a fashion line called “Jacky Ickx Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Jacky fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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