Renaud Lavillenie Highest-Paid Athlete in the World

Renaud Lavillenie
Renaud Lavillenie led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid athletes” released on Saturday.

It's been a rough year for the athlete, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 37-year-old Renaud Lavillenie has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid athletes for 2024 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 16/06/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Renaud Lavillenie tops annual list of highest-paid athletes

In 2021 it looked like the athlete’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (June 15) that Lavillenie is the highest-paid athlete in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between May 2023 and May 2024, a nearly $30 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 French athlete has an estimated net worth of $185 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 Lavillenie Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderlavillenie - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Renaud) and a fashion line called “Renaud Lavillenie Seduction”.

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

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