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The Top 10 Millionaires & Billionaires Who Lost It All

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As the famous saying goes, “The brightest flame burns the quickest“.  There are plenty of successful entrepreneurs who quickly rise to financial success, only to lose everything just as abruptly.

Life in the fast lane is not without its speed bumps, and here are some of the people who went from rags to riches – and then vice-versa.

 

The Millionaires & Billionaires Who Lost It All

 

1. Jordan Belfort

The once was Multi-Millionaire stockbroker had it all. Yachts, planes, women, midget throwing parties & drugs where just a few of the high life activities on Jordans agenda. Jordan was reported to be making $250 Million at the age of 25 through his stockbroking firm Stratton Oakmont which functioned like a boiler room and later served  as inspiration for the creation of the film also known as ‘Boiler Room‘, starring Vin Diesel & Giovanni Ribisi. Jordan Belfort’s multi millions where stripped from him when the FBI pinned him for securities fraud and money laundering.

After Jordan Belforts release from jail and paying back the 100 millions of dollars he owed other stock brokers Jordan decided to turn his life around releasing the New York Best Seller ‘Catching The Wolf Of Wall Street‘ which was written by Jordan himself about his Wall Street sagas and his run ins with the law. This Book has been developed into a movie which will be directed by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort. Jordan also has toured the world discussing how to achieve success without sacrificing integrity and ethics.

The lesson here is that there is always room for change, if Jordan can change his life for the good, you can too.

 

2. Kim Dotcom

This German internet millionaire is most popularly known as the founder of Megaupload, an online file sharing service. Kim Dotcom’s fall from grace isn’t really because of bad business decisions as much as he was involved in a lot of suspected criminal activities.  While his website is being accused of copyright infringement, he’s also been charged with insider trading, embezzlement, and computer fraud. The problem with Kim is not only that he couldn’t handle his rock star lifestyle, but also the fact that he amassed his fortune through suspected illegal means.

UPDATE: Kim Dotcom has returned with a more legit way of sharing with his new online company MEGA. We will keep you updated with his progress. Good on you Kim for having another go and doing things right.

 

3. Allen Stanford

Currently in jail and awaiting trial, this former billionaire was charged with running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi Scheme.  Having acted as the Chairman of Stanford Financial Group, he’s been accused of masterminding a financial conspiracy to rob investors out of their hard-earned money and misused their funds to sustain his extravagant lifestyle. Like Kim Dotcom, he tried living the good life at the expense of others and is now reaping the consequences of his actions.  As of today, Allen Stanford is taking a number of medications for his depression and is even partially blind after an inmate assaulted him.

 

 

 

4. M.C. Hammer

MC Hammer rose to fame in the 1990s and earned around $30 Million during the peak of his musical career.  Shortly after his success, M.C. Hammer wasted no time squandering his fortune on mansions, sharing money with friends and expensive toys. Before the decade was over, he filed for bankruptcy due to an enormous debt.  He’s a classic example of someone earning his wealth too fast and too soon, which made it hard for him to handle his finances. Now living as a pastor in California, he learned the hard way that one should learn from their mistakes and consider the consequences of a decision before making it.

 

 

 

5. Sean Quinn

Only a few years ago, this Irish businessman was worth $6 Billion.  However, he quickly lost it all after he invested twenty five percent (25%) in Anglo Irish Bank.  However, his mistake was to use money he borrowed from his own insurance company.  When a financial crisis swept his country, his Anglo Irish shares suffered and caused him billions in debt.  What people can learn from Sean Quinn’s example is that itís alright to take risks only if youíve done your homework to avoid getting burned after taking the plunge.

 

 

 

6. Patricia Kluge

She’s the wife of the late John Kluge who was worth billions himself during the late 90s.  Following their divorce in 1990, Patricia Kluge began to market a 960-acre vineyard that was supposed to appeal to an ultra-rich clientele.  She loaned close to $70 million just to put up facilities, but eventually the real estate crisis in the late 2000s caused her venture to fail and the property foreclosed.  The lesson to remember here is that successful entrepreneurs shouldnít put all their eggs in one basket.  Otherwise, you can easily lose everything in one swift stroke.

 

 

 

 

7. Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson

Hailing from Iceland, this former billionaire saw his net worth dwindle down to zero after he and his son/business partner Thor got hit by the credit crisis in their country.  They were major shareholders in a bank called Landsbankiñ when it went under, so did their assets.  Like some of the others on this list, Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson too was involved in illegal activities such as fraud and embezzlement in the past.Karma is b!tch, aint it!

 

 

 

 

8. George Foreman

This heavyweight champion became riddled with financial woes when his boxing career lost steam in the late 70s.  Naturally, the money stopped coming in and he became overwhelmed with credit card debt and unpaid loans.  Fortunately for George Foreman, he bounced back from his situation by getting back in the ring as well as investing in the popular TV shopping product called the Foreman Grill.

 

 

 

 

9. Johnny Unitas

This legendary quarterback earned hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time because of his unmatched prowess on the field.  He starred in professional football before salaries were measured in millions. His yearly contracts ranged from $7,000, his first in 1956 with the Colts, to $250,000 plus a $175,000 bonus in his last one with the San Diego Chargers in 1973. Johnny Unitas put his money into the different industries he dabbled in, such as real estate, restaurants, and manufacturing.  Unfortunately, these businesses failed and they were forced to file for bankruptcy by the 90s. He died 11 years later with a lawsuit from his estate hanging over all of his businesses.

 

 

 

10. Scott Eyre

Scott Eyre was a former pitcher for the MLB and played for likes of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs.  He was one of Allen Stanford’s victims who invested in his fraudulent billion-dollar scheme which cost Scott almost all of his money.  As such, he is proof that we shouldn’t invest in something until we’ve thoroughly assessed the risks as well as the person or entity behind it. Steve Jobs once said that perfectly normal folks can turn into ‘bizarro people’ when they suddenly come upon wealth.

 

 

Indeed, losing control and common sense is one of the biggest risks that successful entrepreneurs face. Rich people are human and therefore just as fallible as everyone else. If you don’t want to share the same fate as them, make sure to exercise financial intelligence by either learning about it yourself or consulting with someone who can help you use sound judgment.  Just because you have piles of cash, it doesn’t automatically mean you already know how to handle it properly. Don’t fall prey to materialism.  Money is fleeting, and you may not be able to afford the finer things in life if you take a hit tomorrow.  This is why you should always make a conscious effort to live within your means and hold off buying something until you’ve thought it through.

 

Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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25 Comments

  1. Nik

    Feb 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    “The lesson here is that there is always room for change, if Jordan can change his life for the good, you can too.” Except he hasn’t changed because he was ordered to pay back 110 of the 200+ million he stole and has of yet only paid 11 million, most of which came from the government seizing his property and has also decided that he is not going to keep his (federally binding) agreement to give half his salary (which was in the millions last year because of the movie, speeches and book deal). He changed his life by finding another way to scam people out of their money.

  2. Frank

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “The greatest risk of all is not taking the risk” So many people come up with great ideas, new inventions and never do a thing about it. Fortunes can be made just by selling your ideas or new inventions. It worked for me. I retired at the age of 53 with a net worth just over ten million dollars. Don’t hold on, never get sentimental over what you created, get in and get out!

  3. Darren Royds

    Sep 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    It is a bitter pill to swallow for these people and no matter how great the loss the important thing is you are never alone . It took financial loss for me to see the real world and values.

  4. Jerry

    Jul 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this insightful info. It really makes you start to think.

  5. Darren

    Apr 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Yes I would also like to hear more about these guys successes?

    Thanks for the information

  6. S B

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Just so everyone nos Sean Quinn has now received 70& of his companies back and will soon have it all back. Although none of this is on the internet,newspapers and media ect. The court cases against him have been dropped because the loans were illegal and the Irish government are as corrupt as f**k been all it has hush hush! The truth will come out! Go Sean Quinn!! Legend!

  7. Monty Campbell

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I too had success come quickly and lost it. Not to the degree of these people. But, it is interesting to see how people came back from it. To those whom much is given much is required. Its and inspiration to make it, but keeping it and helping others is what counts.

    I’m thankful for this information and would love to hear more about how you suggest people keep it.

    Great work thought. I look forward to more from you.

  8. Joshua Chimaliro

    May 18, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I was a successful small businessman. I lost everything within a week

    • Cyrus

      Dec 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

      Hi Joshua,
      Im sorry to hear about your loss. Im in a similar situation and am hoping to bounce back. Just hang in there and do the best you can to rebuild. Most people will never understand how hard it is to make in in business
      Take care

  9. Blaine Light

    May 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Great stories! I’d like to learn more in depth about the guys who were successful, lost it all, then rebounded back to success. For example, could you do an in-depth post about George Forman?

    Thanks, good blog!

  10. Bernard Fenton

    May 1, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Up until now I have found your site both informative and reflective – I am starting to re-think your value – my issue is your description of Kim Dotcom – my understanding is he has not been charged with anything – he has had his site closed down and property seized ahead of the USA government applying for his extradition from New Zealand and that charges will be laid once (and only if) the USA government is successful with their application for extradition – what has happened to the principle of innocence until proven guilty – in the absence of the outcome of a trial he has not done anything crimminal and your criticism of his lifestyle is more a reflection of the bias of the writer – my view is at the very least you owe the man an apology (for the sake of clarity I have never met the man and having followed the case through the media I have more questions about both our respective governments and whether in fact we are seeing an abuse of the system and process – time and money will tell)

    • Tyler

      May 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I would love to see a followup to this story. I know that MC Hammer made some more money with the reality show that he did and I’m curious what has happened with Kim Dotcom’s new company.

    • Quantum Flux

      Jun 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

      What a big shock that of course on the internet you’ll immediately get someone to come to the defense of arch narcissist “kimdotcom”. Why? Because on the internet people pick and choose the laws they feel should be followed, so he becomes “Robin Hood”. Anyone who has *actually* “followed his cases” knows that he has been stealing things that he feels he’s entitled to, and selling them, since he was a kid. He was also involved in a pump and dump scam every bit as bit and sleazy as Jordan Belfort and fled to Thailand to avoid answering for it. This is a scumbag criminal who commits crimes, laughs about it, makes millions and dodges extradition all while his idiot “fans” cheer him on and support him because he facilitates the download of copyrighted material and thats all they care about. What a bunch of bullshit. The authors description was TOO KIND actually.

  11. Valentine Miheso

    Apr 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i am encouraged and frightened at the same time good advice

  12. DOM

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Great article, I would like to add this coment. Dont judge a man on how far he as rised, judge a man on how far he has rised after his fall.

  13. Giles

    Apr 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this invaluable information.

  14. Smadar

    Mar 12, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Cool article.

    Looked on IMDB and didn’t see any films in pre-production for Leonardo or Martin for the film “Catching the Wolf of Wall Street”…where did can I find that info on the web? Usually, it will be on IMDB with a future date of 2013.

  15. Frank

    Mar 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    So simple, yet so profound… Thats what comes to my mind when I read the lessons learned from these people. Its amazing how following COMMON SENSE is still a WISE practice. One lesson missing here is this… It takes time to learn how to handle success. If one isn’t mentally and emotionally prepared for LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY, it WILL destroy them!

    Thanks

  16. Sheyi

    Mar 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Lovely article and it teaches a lot of sense. Aside putting your eggs in one basket, i guess one other lessons we must learn is this, KARMA IS A B!TCH!

    No matter the crisis, if you do not put your money in sh!t or dr!gs, you will never go with the crisis.

    Sheyi

  17. Joe

    Mar 4, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Stick to the law; do your due diligence; accept failure and plain unluckiness- be persistent and don’t give in

  18. godfreyngonga

    Feb 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    these are good lesson to note thanks

  19. Yuri @ profoundtigger

    Jan 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I’m still entirely shocked about Kim Dotcom, Megaupload was the best online sharing files website ever. He was also a mercedes enthusiast like myself. I hope this isn’t the end for megaupload. Because like me, many users uses megaupload on a daily basis

  20. Dan Black

    Jan 27, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I really enjoyed reading about these people. While reading their profiles and life the thing that keep coming to mind was the importance of a persons character. Great post.

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Think & Grow Rich: The Legacy Film

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We have some incredible news for you. For the first time in history, the Napoleon Hill Foundation has granted exclusive rights to Think Rich Films to transform the book, Think and Grow Rich, into a motion picture film, one that will impact another 100 million lives worldwide.

I am excited to announce that I will be featuring in this film alongside Bob Proctor, Lewis Howes, Rob Dyrdek, Barbara Corcoran, Grant Cardone, Darren Hardy, John Lee Dumas and many more incredible thought leaders.

Here’s the new teaser trailer for the film:

As true fans of Think and Grow Rich, we worked for over 3 years, pouring our hearts and souls into creating a film that is a pure representation of the Legacy of this life changing literary masterpiece.

Our guiding light along the way was to remain true to the content and in doing so spark the flame that will ignite a global movement with a powerful message.

The message is that anyone can succeed irrespective of their circumstances. Human potential is not  predicated by age, race, gender, education, finance or any other perceived disadvantages.

Join us in Los Angeles on October 14, 2017 for the historical World Premier of Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy a film based on Napoleon Hill’s best selling book, Think and Grow Rich.

 

Join Us For The Premiere

Saturday October 14, 2017 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

Location: 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90015

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Film Showing: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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This exclusive VIP event following the Premiere will be private to cast members, producers, director and key individuals who made this film possible.

Hors d’oeuvres & Beverages will be provided and hosted by Katsuya.

 

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Forbes has just put out the list for highest paid musicians for 2015.

These music artists have created some very catchy yet inspiring songs this year. Music is the one thing that creates an “escape” for most people. It can inspire you, make you happy, pick you up when you’re down, etc.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists This Year:

10. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Lady Gaga

 $59 Million

 

9. Fleetwood Mac

The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies. 

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$59.5 Million

 

8. Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean Combs launched his music production company, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993, and worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls. After Biggie was murdered in 1997, Combs recorded the tribute “I’ll be Missing You,” which topped the Billboard singles chart for eleven weeks and launched Combs’s first album, No Way Out (1997) to platinum status.

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$60 Million

 

7. Justin Timberlake

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$63.5 Million

 

6. Calvin Harris

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$66 Million

 

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$73.5 Million

 

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$80 Million

 

3. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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 $90 Million

 

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 $130 million

 

1. Katy Perry

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Forbes ranked the most successful celebrities of 2015! The list is quite stunning!

From movie actors and actresses to pro athletes, this list has definitely brought together some of the most inspirational people in the entertainment world today.

Here is the top 50 highest paid superstars of 2015:

50. Bradley Cooper

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.
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49. Kenny Chesney

Kenneth Arnold “Kenny” Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has recorded sixteen albums, fourteen of which have been certified gold or higher by the (RIAA).

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Earnings $42 million

 

48. Luke Bryan

Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, performers Travis Tritt and Billy Currington and releasing his first spring break album.

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Earnings $42.5 million

 

47. Jason Aldean

Jason Aldine Williams (born February 28, 1977), known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American singer and rapper. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released six albums and twenty-four singles.

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Earnings $43.5 million

 

46. Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Caroline Bündchen (born 20 July 1980) is a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Earnings $44 million

 

45. Michael Buble’

Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. He became a naturalized Italian citizen in 2005.He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

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Earnings $41.5 million

 

44. Judy Sheindlin

Judith Susan “Judy” Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942), also known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, producer, and author.

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43. Vin Diesel

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42. Novak Djokovic

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41. Rory McIlroy

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40. Ben Roethlisberger

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39. Kobe Bryant

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37. Tiger Woods

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31. Elton John

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29. Beyonce Knowles

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27. Ed Sheeran

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25. Lady Gaga

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21. Sean Combs

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20. David Copperfield

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19. Justin Timberlake

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18. Lebron James

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17. Calvin Harris

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16. Roger Federer

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Earnings $70 million

 

14. The Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

eagles

Earnings $73.5 million

 

13. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi  (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

Earnings $74 million

 

12. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer

Ellen-Degeneres

Earnings $75 million

 

11. Rush Limbaugh

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III ( born January 12, 1951) is an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator.

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Earnings $79 million

 

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

cristiano-ronaldo

Earnings $79.5 million

 

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

taylor

Earnings $80 million

 

8. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

robert

Earnings $80 million

 

7. James Patterson

James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author.

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Earnings $89 million

 

6. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

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Earnings $90 million

 

5. Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer.

stern

Earnings $95 million

 

4. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

One-Direction

Earnings $130 million

 

3. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

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Earnings $135 million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978), is a Filipino world champion professional boxer.

Manny-Pacquiao

Earnings $160 million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer.

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Earnings $300 million

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Forbes just released the list of top paid athletes in the world.

This is an astonishing list of amazing athletes. There are many future hall of famers in this list, not to mention very entertaining to watch.

Here are the 50 highest paid athletes of 2015:

50. Joe Mauer

Joseph “Joe” Patrick Mauer is an American professional baseball player.

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$24 Million

 

49. Joe Johnson

Joe Marcus Johnson is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Joe-Johnston

$24.2 Million

 

48. Prince Fielder

Prince Semien Fielder is an American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

prince

$24.3 Million

 

47. Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.

williams

$24.6 Million

 

46. Blake Griffin

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

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$24.7 Million

 

45. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo, nicknamed Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team

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$23.5 Million

 

44. Amar’e Stoudemire

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$25 Million

 

43. Miguel Cabrera

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

miguel

$25.1 Million

 

42. Cliff Lee

Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee is an American professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.

lee

$25.2 Million

 

41. Dwight Howard

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

howard

$25.5 Million

 

40. Ryan Howard

Ryan James Howard is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

ryan

$25.6 Million

 

39. Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols, is a Dominican-American first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.

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$25.9 Million

 

38. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, or simply Falcao, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Chelsea, on loan from French club Monaco, and captain of the Colombia national team.

falcao

$25.9 Million

 

37. Chris Paul

Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

chris

$26.1 Million

 

36. Gerald McCoy

Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

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$26.7 Million

 

35. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

wayne

$26.9 Million

 

34. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

 clayton

$26.9 Million

 

33. Kimi Raikkonenr

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed “The Ice Man”, is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One.

Kimi

$27 Million

 

32. Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

peyton

$27 Million

 

31. Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
Dwyane

$27.2 Million

 

30. Robinson Cano

Robinson José Canó Mercedes is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

 cano

$27.6 Million

 

29. J.J. Watt

Justin James “J. J.” Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
watt

$27.9 Million

 

28. James Rodriguez

James David Rodríguez Rubio, known as James Rodríguez, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.

JamesRodriguez

$29 Million

 

27. Carson Palmer

Carson Hilton Palmer is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

carson

$29 Million

 

26. Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association.

maria

$29.7 Million

 

25. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

carmelo-anthony

$30.5 Million

 

24. Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team.

 barca-neyma

$31 Million

 

23. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats.

singh

$31 Million

 

22. Rafael Nadal

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5.

 rafael

$32.5 Million

 

21. Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari.

 vettel

$33 Million

 

20. Derrick Rose

Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

 rose

$33.9 Million

 

19. Jon Lester

Jonathan Tyler Lester is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

jon

$34.1 Million

 

18. Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

gareth-bale

$35 Million

 

17. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz audio is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda.

alonso

$35.5 Million

 

16. Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

suh

$38.6 Million

 

15. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

 lewis

$39 Million

 

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.

zlatan

$39.1 Million

 

13. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Novak Djokovic

$48 Million

 

12. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks.

rory

$48.3 Milion

 

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

ben

$48.9 Million

 

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

 Kobe-Bryant

$49.5 Million

 

9. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

tiger

$50.6 Million

 

8. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

phil

$50.8 Million

 

7. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has played the small forward position for the Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics.
kevin

$54.2 Million

 

6. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.

james

$64.8 Million

 

5. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

federer

$67 Million

 

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

$73.8 Million

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.
ronaldo

$79.6 Million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH, is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. At 32 he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in basketball, acting, and singing.

manny-pacquiao

$160 Million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American retired professional boxer. Undefeated as a professional and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

floyd-mayweather

$300 Million

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Why I Had to Drop My Superman Complex and Hire a Marketing Genius

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For many years I had the Superman Complex. I thought I could handle every aspect of my business, no one could do it better than me, I knew it all and if anyone else put their hands on it, they would stuff it up. I credited much of my business success to the fact that I had done a lot of it myself. The truth was, I had achieved a lot in the first few years utilizing my own skills and creative ignorance, but as the Addicted2Success brand sky rocketed so did the demands for new levels of execution.

So I hired 3 awesome individuals: Tyler, Armando & Joe to help with content management and administration and it wasn’t long after this that I discovered that in order for Addicted2Success and the community to reach the level of impact it deserved I would need to find a marketing analytics and SEO development guy.

That was when I decided to give Joseph Lazukin a shot.

At only 25 years old, this college dropout turned whiz kid has been making a name in all the right circles, and out of good humor and fun, I decided to put Joseph to the test here at Addicted2Success to see if the rumors were true, and here were the results…

Within two weeks of working with Joseph, he doubled our site traffic and increased our revenue by nearly 300%, while at the same time ranking Addicted2Success.com for more keywords than our closest competitor.

Here is our SEO graph :

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After having such a massive impact, I decided to interview Joseph and pick his brain on the advice he had for up and coming entrepreneurs struggling to market their businesses, and to also share an exciting announcement to all of our A2S readers…

So what do you ask a million dollar consultant? I had a few ideas, and I think you’ll enjoy the golden nuggets we extracted out of our conversation below:

“What is the biggest mistake you see business owners making today, and what is your advice on how to prevent our readers from making the same mistake?”

The biggest mistakes I see business owners making today is when it comes to social media, hiring the right talent, and technology. Almost every company I’ve ever come across, whether client or a big brand name like Best Buy, Sears, or even Dell, I notice they have all not placed their Facebook pixel or even set up their Google Analytics correctly to make informed decisions, yet they’re spending millions of dollars a year marketing on these social platforms.

I’ve never seen such a waste of revenue, because even the slightest change to the way they integrate those two elements of their digital marketing strategy, would save them millions in annual spend.

It may sound crazy, but what almost every business owner including Fortune500 business owners and CMOs do not know, is that a growing majority of traffic coming through popular ad networks is bot traffic.

It’s why Facebook was sued a few years ago when a questionable amount of traffic was thought to be bot traffic, and why Google just issued a refund to advertisers.

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In fact, bot traffic has become such an issue that by 2025 it’s expected to cost advertisers $50BN USD, which I can send you a link to later, and by the simple fact that these major companies aren’t implementing policies to protect against bot traffic, is tell tale that companies are in desperate need of outside consultants to help educate and help them understand the landscape and risks of marketing in the digital age.

Small tweaks, have saved my clients millions of dollars on ad spend, whether it was in the form of implementing services like Siphon to block and potentially get rebates on that bot traffic or simply delaying their tracking pixels to avoid click jackers, bots, and other nefarious traffic sources from being lumped into retargeting campaigns, and increasing CPAs (cost per action). It’s a 10 minute fix, that has a profound effect, but nobody is doing it!

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Analytics showing bot traffic detected by Siphon on a Facebook™ ads campaign

“Every day we see increasing amounts of click fraud coming into our client’s websites, with some clients seeing as little as 8% with their AdWords or up to 40% on Facebook campaigns. This problem is only getting worse and anyone who doesn’t make the effort to stop it on their accounts is throwing money away. “

– Richard Seppala (CEO of Siphon)

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Analytics showing bot traffic detected by Siphon on a Google Adwords™ campaign

As for anyone reading this who is looking into marketing online, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is that you need to be diligent and learn how to read and interpret data. Everything moves a lot quicker in the digital world than it does in the real world, one day you could be at the top of page one on Google or getting a 20x return on ad spend, and the next day an update can come out that wipes away your profits and offsets your quarterly projections. A year in the real world is like four years or seven years on the internet, staying stagnant and not adapting to new marketing practices is dangerous, and in the coming years we’ll see a lot of the big name brands get disrupted if they don’t adapt before another more agile competitor essentially takes their lunch.

“Wow! That was a lot of advice jumbled into one answer, so if I am understanding you right, advertisers are paying more because of bot traffic and they aren’t even aware of it? Or even how to fix it?”

Yes, and I actually have posted about the subject a few times on social media as well as fixes on how to prevent bot traffic from eating away at your margins. One of the biggest discoveries I made recently is when I ran “Engagement” based ads on Facebook vs “Traffic” based ads, and saw a huge disparity between the number of clicks that were being reported and the number of clicks that were being counted by Google Analytics and other 3rd party platforms.

Now I totally understand that there will always be some percentage of drop off, because of people becoming impatient due to load time, and that every analytics platform counts viewers differently, however all things considered when I ran a split test between the two ad types and the number of clicks reported, I saw a much greater disparity in the number of clicks reported by “Traffic” based ads, than I did with “Engagement” based ads, and I’m not talking a few percentage points, I’m talking upwards of 20%, and when I shared my findings, I was turned onto Siphon and other services that have sprung up in the industry that track bot traffic and are accredited for helping customers receive refunds from major ad networks like Facebook and Google and can issue copies of your traffic logs that you can then hand over to your ad network and receive a refund on that malicious traffic.

“Woah! So you can get a refund on your ad traffic?”

Yeah a certain percentage of it, but I would highly recommend companies implement best practices and try to prevent the malicious traffic in the first place.

“That makes sense, it’s better to prevent it than ask for a refund. So what other mistakes have you seen business owners making?”

Honestly, there is a pretty long list of things, but the main thing that businesses hire me for that has been possibly the biggest pain point, would have to be customer experience and follow up on cart abandonment.

So let’s say there is an e-com store that is doing around $10M a year, based on the universal industry average that 2 out of every 3 people abandon their cart, there will be around $20M in cart abandonment. That is an incredible amount of money, and those are not cold leads either, they are warm, they have already been to your site, experienced your brand, and yet when I ask most company owners and CMOs where their marketing dollars are being spent, it’s not on converting this low hanging fruit, it’s on bringing in more hard earned, cold leads.

It is a little insane to me, but hopefully that trend will start to shift as companies continue to adapt with consumer trends, and improve end to end customer experience.

“Interesting, so is that what you do, or what exactly is it that you do?”

I have worn a lot of hats, but most notably I am known as a CRO (conversion rate optimization) specialist. So for example, I’ll come into an e-com or SaaS business that is doing $10M a year in sales, that has $20M in cart abandonment like I mentioned previously, and I’ll use a handful of strategies to recoup around 30% or $6M of those abandoned sales. That is what I am mainly hired for these days, but on the other hand, I can also come in and optimize a site from a technical level so that it ranks significantly higher on Google and other search engines, like I did for Addicted2Success.

It really depends on what the client needs, but mostly companies hire me to recover abandoned cart sales, and put more points on the board to make investors happy. Recently however, I’ve been hired directly by investment groups to speed up their return on investment in the companies they’ve invested in by auditing their portfolios, launching growth hacking campaigns, and implementing the marketing strategies I have bulletproofed across several industries.

Often times, the difference between profitability and ending the year on a deficit could be as simple as implementing a bot filter like I mentioned above, tweaking your site structure to index better on Google, or implementing a solid cart abandonment strategy. If you have ever read Think & Grow Rich and the chapter about being 3 feet from gold, that is where most of the businesses are at when they approach me, I help them achieve those last 3 feet by shifting, optimizing, and re-aligning their marketing efforts.

“That is a really interesting perspective, I myself am a huge fan of Think & Grow Rich and I couldn’t agree with you more a lot of businesses often are on the edge of greatness and may need that fresh pair of eyes and outside perspective or consultant like you to help them achieve it. So all of this is really amazing, and I am glad to make the following announcement, but before I do, where can our readers follow or get in touch with you if they want to learn more about marketing and about what you do?”

The easiest way to follow me would frankly be on Facebook via my personal profile and for anyone interested in learning more about marketing and the strategies I implement for my clients, then joining my strategic marketing group will give you the greatest insight. I cover everything from paid advertising to SEO to social media hacks I use on client campaigns, and every other week I jump in and do a one hour live Q&A where you can ask me anything about marketing or about how to solve a problem you’re experiencing in your business. It’s something of a side project of mine, and although I could charge significantly more for the information I share, I wanted to make it expensive enough for people to pay attention and take action on the content, but low enough for any small businesses, startup, or business professional to be able to afford it.

“That’s a great way to give back, so I guess that leaves us with the big announcement you’ve all been waiting for…”

After working with Joseph and seeing his work ethic and simple dedication to the craft, we are excited to announce that we have brought him in as a permanent partner here at Addicted2Success!

So to all of our followers here at Addicted2Success, please give Joseph Lazukin a warm welcome to our A2S family! We look forward to the growth and expansion of A2S under his direction and the lives we will touch as we continue to grow the world’s #1 site for motivation and inspiration!

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. Nik

    Feb 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    “The lesson here is that there is always room for change, if Jordan can change his life for the good, you can too.” Except he hasn’t changed because he was ordered to pay back 110 of the 200+ million he stole and has of yet only paid 11 million, most of which came from the government seizing his property and has also decided that he is not going to keep his (federally binding) agreement to give half his salary (which was in the millions last year because of the movie, speeches and book deal). He changed his life by finding another way to scam people out of their money.

  2. Frank

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “The greatest risk of all is not taking the risk” So many people come up with great ideas, new inventions and never do a thing about it. Fortunes can be made just by selling your ideas or new inventions. It worked for me. I retired at the age of 53 with a net worth just over ten million dollars. Don’t hold on, never get sentimental over what you created, get in and get out!

  3. Darren Royds

    Sep 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    It is a bitter pill to swallow for these people and no matter how great the loss the important thing is you are never alone . It took financial loss for me to see the real world and values.

  4. Jerry

    Jul 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing this insightful info. It really makes you start to think.

  5. Darren

    Apr 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Yes I would also like to hear more about these guys successes?

    Thanks for the information

  6. S B

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Just so everyone nos Sean Quinn has now received 70& of his companies back and will soon have it all back. Although none of this is on the internet,newspapers and media ect. The court cases against him have been dropped because the loans were illegal and the Irish government are as corrupt as f**k been all it has hush hush! The truth will come out! Go Sean Quinn!! Legend!

  7. Monty Campbell

    Sep 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I too had success come quickly and lost it. Not to the degree of these people. But, it is interesting to see how people came back from it. To those whom much is given much is required. Its and inspiration to make it, but keeping it and helping others is what counts.

    I’m thankful for this information and would love to hear more about how you suggest people keep it.

    Great work thought. I look forward to more from you.

  8. Joshua Chimaliro

    May 18, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I was a successful small businessman. I lost everything within a week

    • Cyrus

      Dec 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

      Hi Joshua,
      Im sorry to hear about your loss. Im in a similar situation and am hoping to bounce back. Just hang in there and do the best you can to rebuild. Most people will never understand how hard it is to make in in business
      Take care

  9. Blaine Light

    May 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Great stories! I’d like to learn more in depth about the guys who were successful, lost it all, then rebounded back to success. For example, could you do an in-depth post about George Forman?

    Thanks, good blog!

  10. Bernard Fenton

    May 1, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Up until now I have found your site both informative and reflective – I am starting to re-think your value – my issue is your description of Kim Dotcom – my understanding is he has not been charged with anything – he has had his site closed down and property seized ahead of the USA government applying for his extradition from New Zealand and that charges will be laid once (and only if) the USA government is successful with their application for extradition – what has happened to the principle of innocence until proven guilty – in the absence of the outcome of a trial he has not done anything crimminal and your criticism of his lifestyle is more a reflection of the bias of the writer – my view is at the very least you owe the man an apology (for the sake of clarity I have never met the man and having followed the case through the media I have more questions about both our respective governments and whether in fact we are seeing an abuse of the system and process – time and money will tell)

    • Tyler

      May 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I would love to see a followup to this story. I know that MC Hammer made some more money with the reality show that he did and I’m curious what has happened with Kim Dotcom’s new company.

    • Quantum Flux

      Jun 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

      What a big shock that of course on the internet you’ll immediately get someone to come to the defense of arch narcissist “kimdotcom”. Why? Because on the internet people pick and choose the laws they feel should be followed, so he becomes “Robin Hood”. Anyone who has *actually* “followed his cases” knows that he has been stealing things that he feels he’s entitled to, and selling them, since he was a kid. He was also involved in a pump and dump scam every bit as bit and sleazy as Jordan Belfort and fled to Thailand to avoid answering for it. This is a scumbag criminal who commits crimes, laughs about it, makes millions and dodges extradition all while his idiot “fans” cheer him on and support him because he facilitates the download of copyrighted material and thats all they care about. What a bunch of bullshit. The authors description was TOO KIND actually.

  11. Valentine Miheso

    Apr 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i am encouraged and frightened at the same time good advice

  12. DOM

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Great article, I would like to add this coment. Dont judge a man on how far he as rised, judge a man on how far he has rised after his fall.

  13. Giles

    Apr 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this invaluable information.

  14. Smadar

    Mar 12, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Cool article.

    Looked on IMDB and didn’t see any films in pre-production for Leonardo or Martin for the film “Catching the Wolf of Wall Street”…where did can I find that info on the web? Usually, it will be on IMDB with a future date of 2013.

  15. Frank

    Mar 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    So simple, yet so profound… Thats what comes to my mind when I read the lessons learned from these people. Its amazing how following COMMON SENSE is still a WISE practice. One lesson missing here is this… It takes time to learn how to handle success. If one isn’t mentally and emotionally prepared for LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY, it WILL destroy them!

    Thanks

  16. Sheyi

    Mar 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Lovely article and it teaches a lot of sense. Aside putting your eggs in one basket, i guess one other lessons we must learn is this, KARMA IS A B!TCH!

    No matter the crisis, if you do not put your money in sh!t or dr!gs, you will never go with the crisis.

    Sheyi

  17. Joe

    Mar 4, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Stick to the law; do your due diligence; accept failure and plain unluckiness- be persistent and don’t give in

  18. godfreyngonga

    Feb 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    these are good lesson to note thanks

  19. Yuri @ profoundtigger

    Jan 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I’m still entirely shocked about Kim Dotcom, Megaupload was the best online sharing files website ever. He was also a mercedes enthusiast like myself. I hope this isn’t the end for megaupload. Because like me, many users uses megaupload on a daily basis

  20. Dan Black

    Jan 27, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I really enjoyed reading about these people. While reading their profiles and life the thing that keep coming to mind was the importance of a persons character. Great post.

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Think & Grow Rich: The Legacy Film

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We have some incredible news for you. For the first time in history, the Napoleon Hill Foundation has granted exclusive rights to Think Rich Films to transform the book, Think and Grow Rich, into a motion picture film, one that will impact another 100 million lives worldwide.

I am excited to announce that I will be featuring in this film alongside Bob Proctor, Lewis Howes, Rob Dyrdek, Barbara Corcoran, Grant Cardone, Darren Hardy, John Lee Dumas and many more incredible thought leaders.

Here’s the new teaser trailer for the film:

As true fans of Think and Grow Rich, we worked for over 3 years, pouring our hearts and souls into creating a film that is a pure representation of the Legacy of this life changing literary masterpiece.

Our guiding light along the way was to remain true to the content and in doing so spark the flame that will ignite a global movement with a powerful message.

The message is that anyone can succeed irrespective of their circumstances. Human potential is not  predicated by age, race, gender, education, finance or any other perceived disadvantages.

Join us in Los Angeles on October 14, 2017 for the historical World Premier of Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy a film based on Napoleon Hill’s best selling book, Think and Grow Rich.

 

Join Us For The Premiere

Saturday October 14, 2017 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center

Location: 1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90015

Red Carpet: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Film Kick Off with Producers & Director: 6:20pm – 6:30pm

Film Showing: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Q & A with Cast: 8:00pm – 8:30pm

 

PLUS… a panel discussion with the cast hosted by Gerard Adams

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VIP Private After Party Katsuya at L.A. LIVE: 9:00pm to Midnight

This exclusive VIP event following the Premiere will be private to cast members, producers, director and key individuals who made this film possible.

Hors d’oeuvres & Beverages will be provided and hosted by Katsuya.

 

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The heartbeat of Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy

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A glimpse of what you will see..

A glimpse of what you will see.. “Faith is going to give you the ability to continue through the highs and lows…” – Rob Dyrdek

 

“I remember being 24, new in business and being stopped dead reading the book…” – Barbara Corcoran

 

“Follow your dreams! Whether you achieve them or not is irrelevant…” – Lewis Howes

 

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Forbes has just put out the list for highest paid musicians for 2015.

These music artists have created some very catchy yet inspiring songs this year. Music is the one thing that creates an “escape” for most people. It can inspire you, make you happy, pick you up when you’re down, etc.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists This Year:

10. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Lady Gaga

 $59 Million

 

9. Fleetwood Mac

The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies. 

Fleetwood Mac

$59.5 Million

 

8. Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean Combs launched his music production company, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993, and worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls. After Biggie was murdered in 1997, Combs recorded the tribute “I’ll be Missing You,” which topped the Billboard singles chart for eleven weeks and launched Combs’s first album, No Way Out (1997) to platinum status.

Sean

$60 Million

 

7. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

justin-timberlake

$63.5 Million

 

6. Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer.

Calvin Harris

$66 Million

 

5. The Eagles

With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s.

eagles

$73.5 Million

 

4. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest recipient in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only artist in history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). She’s a household name whose insanely catchy yet deeply personal self-penned songs transcend music genres, and a savvy businesswoman who has built a childhood dream into an empire.

tswifty

$80 Million

 

3. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

garth brooks

 $90 Million

 

2. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

one direction

 $130 million

 

1. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

katy

 $135 million

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Forbes ranked the most successful celebrities of 2015! The list is quite stunning!

From movie actors and actresses to pro athletes, this list has definitely brought together some of the most inspirational people in the entertainment world today.

Here is the top 50 highest paid superstars of 2015:

50. Bradley Cooper

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.
Bradley Cooper movies

Earnings $41.5 million

 

49. Kenny Chesney

Kenneth Arnold “Kenny” Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has recorded sixteen albums, fourteen of which have been certified gold or higher by the (RIAA).

kennyChesney

Earnings $42 million

 

48. Luke Bryan

Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, performers Travis Tritt and Billy Currington and releasing his first spring break album.

lukebryan

Earnings $42.5 million

 

47. Jason Aldean

Jason Aldine Williams (born February 28, 1977), known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American singer and rapper. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released six albums and twenty-four singles.

jasonaldean

Earnings $43.5 million

 

46. Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Caroline Bündchen (born 20 July 1980) is a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

giselebundchen

Earnings $44 million

 

45. Michael Buble’

Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. He became a naturalized Italian citizen in 2005.He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

michael-buble

Earnings $41.5 million

 

44. Judy Sheindlin

Judith Susan “Judy” Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942), also known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, producer, and author.

ZIEX

Earnings $47 million

 

43. Vin Diesel

Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy.

Vin-Diesel

Earnings $47 million

 

42. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Novak Djokovic

Earnings $48 million

 

41. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours.

rory

Earnings $48.5 million

 

40. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr. ( born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

ben

Earnings $49 million

 

39. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kobe-Bryant

Earnings $49.5 million

 

38. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan, (born Chan Kong-sang; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.

chan

Earnings $50 million

 

37. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

Woods.Tiger

Earnings $50.5 million

 

36. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer.

mickelson

Earnings $51 million

 

35. Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney, (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

paul

Earnings $51.5 million

 

34. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress.

Jennifer-Lawrence

Earnings $52 million

 

33. Kim Kardashian

Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian; October 21, 1980) is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model.

kim

Earnings $52.5 million

 

32. Toby Keith

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961), best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor.

toby_keith

Earnings $53 million

 

31. Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John,  (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist.

elton-john

Earnings $53.5 million

 

30. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

kevin_durant

Earnings $54 million

 

29. Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.

Beyonce Knowles

Earnings $54.5 million

 

28. Jay Z

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay Z (formerly Jay-Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.

Jay-Z

Earnings $56 million

 

27. Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

Ed Sheeran

Earnings $57 million

 

26. Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.

RollingStones

Earnings $57.5 million

 

25. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

gaga

Earnings $59 million

 

24. Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is a British and American rock band formed in 1967.

mac

Earnings $59.5 million

 

23. Ryan Seacrest

Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio personality, television host, and producer.

ryan_seacrest

Earnings $60 million

 

22. Gordon Ramsay

Gordon James Ramsay,  (born 8 November 1966) is a Scottish-born British chef and restaurateur.

ramsay

Earnings $60 million

 

21. Sean Combs

Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969),also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

combs

Earnings $60 million

 

20. David Copperfield

David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin; September 16, 1956) is an American illusionist,and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.

david_copperfield

Earnings $63 million

 

19. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

Justin Timberlake celebrity

Earnings $63.5 million

 

18. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James ( born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

james

Earnings $65 million

 

17. Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer.

Calvin Harris Music

Earnings $66 million

 

16. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

roger

Earnings $67 million

 

15. Dr. Phil McGraw

Phillip Calvin “Phil” McGraw (born September 1, 1950), known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002.

phil

Earnings $70 million

 

14. The Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

eagles

Earnings $73.5 million

 

13. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi  (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

Earnings $74 million

 

12. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer

Ellen-Degeneres

Earnings $75 million

 

11. Rush Limbaugh

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III ( born January 12, 1951) is an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator.

rush_limbaugh

Earnings $79 million

 

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

cristiano-ronaldo

Earnings $79.5 million

 

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

taylor

Earnings $80 million

 

8. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

robert

Earnings $80 million

 

7. James Patterson

James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author.

jamesPatterson

Earnings $89 million

 

6. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

garth-brooks

Earnings $90 million

 

5. Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer.

stern

Earnings $95 million

 

4. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

One-Direction

Earnings $130 million

 

3. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

katy_perry

Earnings $135 million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978), is a Filipino world champion professional boxer.

Manny-Pacquiao

Earnings $160 million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer.

floyd-mayweather

Earnings $300 million

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Forbes just released the list of top paid athletes in the world.

This is an astonishing list of amazing athletes. There are many future hall of famers in this list, not to mention very entertaining to watch.

Here are the 50 highest paid athletes of 2015:

50. Joe Mauer

Joseph “Joe” Patrick Mauer is an American professional baseball player.

joe

$24 Million

 

49. Joe Johnson

Joe Marcus Johnson is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Joe-Johnston

$24.2 Million

 

48. Prince Fielder

Prince Semien Fielder is an American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

prince

$24.3 Million

 

47. Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.

williams

$24.6 Million

 

46. Blake Griffin

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

blake

$24.7 Million

 

45. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo, nicknamed Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team

sergio

$23.5 Million

 

44. Amar’e Stoudemire

amare

$25 Million

 

43. Miguel Cabrera

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

miguel

$25.1 Million

 

42. Cliff Lee

Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee is an American professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.

lee

$25.2 Million

 

41. Dwight Howard

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

howard

$25.5 Million

 

40. Ryan Howard

Ryan James Howard is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

ryan

$25.6 Million

 

39. Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols, is a Dominican-American first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.

pujols

$25.9 Million

 

38. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, or simply Falcao, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Chelsea, on loan from French club Monaco, and captain of the Colombia national team.

falcao

$25.9 Million

 

37. Chris Paul

Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

chris

$26.1 Million

 

36. Gerald McCoy

Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

 mcCoy

$26.7 Million

 

35. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

wayne

$26.9 Million

 

34. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

 clayton

$26.9 Million

 

33. Kimi Raikkonenr

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed “The Ice Man”, is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One.

Kimi

$27 Million

 

32. Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

peyton

$27 Million

 

31. Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
Dwyane

$27.2 Million

 

30. Robinson Cano

Robinson José Canó Mercedes is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

 cano

$27.6 Million

 

29. J.J. Watt

Justin James “J. J.” Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
watt

$27.9 Million

 

28. James Rodriguez

James David Rodríguez Rubio, known as James Rodríguez, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.

JamesRodriguez

$29 Million

 

27. Carson Palmer

Carson Hilton Palmer is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

carson

$29 Million

 

26. Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association.

maria

$29.7 Million

 

25. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

carmelo-anthony

$30.5 Million

 

24. Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team.

 barca-neyma

$31 Million

 

23. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats.

singh

$31 Million

 

22. Rafael Nadal

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5.

 rafael

$32.5 Million

 

21. Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari.

 vettel

$33 Million

 

20. Derrick Rose

Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

 rose

$33.9 Million

 

19. Jon Lester

Jonathan Tyler Lester is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

jon

$34.1 Million

 

18. Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

gareth-bale

$35 Million

 

17. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz audio is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda.

alonso

$35.5 Million

 

16. Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

suh

$38.6 Million

 

15. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

 lewis

$39 Million

 

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.

zlatan

$39.1 Million

 

13. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Novak Djokovic

$48 Million

 

12. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks.

rory

$48.3 Milion

 

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

ben

$48.9 Million

 

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

 Kobe-Bryant

$49.5 Million

 

9. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

tiger

$50.6 Million

 

8. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

phil

$50.8 Million

 

7. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has played the small forward position for the Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics.
kevin

$54.2 Million

 

6. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.

james

$64.8 Million

 

5. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

federer

$67 Million

 

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

$73.8 Million

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.
ronaldo

$79.6 Million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH, is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. At 32 he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in basketball, acting, and singing.

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$160 Million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American retired professional boxer. Undefeated as a professional and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

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$300 Million

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