Usain Bolt Highest-Paid Athlete in the World

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

It's been a rough year for the athlete, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 35-year-old Usain Bolt has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid athletes for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 06/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Usain Bolt tops annual list of highest-paid athletes

In 2019 it looked like the athlete’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (December 5) that Bolt is the highest-paid athlete in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2020 and November 2021, a nearly $50 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 Jamaican athlete has an estimated net worth of $245 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 Bolt Burger” chain) in Kingston, a Football Team (the “Trelawny Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbolt - Jamaica), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Usain) and a fashion line called “Usain Bolt Seduction”.

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

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