Marie-José Pérec Highest-Paid Athlete in the World

Marie-José Pérec
Marie-José Pérec led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid athletes” released on Monday.

It's been a rough year for the athlete, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 52-year-old Marie-José Pérec has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid athletes for 2020 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 11/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Marie-José Pérec tops annual list of highest-paid athletes

In 2018 it looked like the athlete’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday (August 10) that Pérec is the highest-paid athlete in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between July 2019 and July 2020, a nearly $40 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 French athlete has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Pérec Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Basse-Terre Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderpérec - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Marie-José) and a fashion line called “Marie-José Pérec Seduction”.

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

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