Katarina Witt Highest-Paid Athlete in the World

Katarina Witt
Katarina Witt led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid athletes” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the athlete, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 54-year-old Katarina Witt has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid athletes for 2019 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 07/12/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Katarina Witt tops annual list of highest-paid athletes

In 2017 it looked like the athlete’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (December 6) that Witt is the highest-paid athlete in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between November 2018 and November 2019, a nearly $20 million lead over her 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 German athlete-model-actress has an estimated net worth of $145 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Witt Burger” chain) in Berlin, a Football Team (the “Staaken Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderwitt - Germany), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Katarina) and a fashion line called “Katarina Witt Seduction”.

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

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