15 Athletes Who Made Fortunes After Retirement

Everyone knows that athletes are millionaires. They’re paid handsomely and they earn more money each week than people like us do in a year. Regardless, there are some athletes that made decent money during their career, but made fortunes after retiring from their respective sports. Here are fifteen such former athletes that found the best retirement jobs out there.

15. NOLAN RYAN ($60 MILLION)

Ryan retired from the world of baseball in 1993, but didn’t quit it all together. He currently owns a bank, two minor league teams and has a partial ownership in the Houston Astros.

14. GRANT HILL ($80 MILLION)

Hill played basketball till 2013, but right after his retirement, he entered the field of real state. Brand endorsements and estate investments garnered him $80 million.

13. PELE ($100 MILLION)

Pele is one the most legendary soccer stars in the world today. He was the Messi of his generation, but surprisingly, his real money would come in after he quit in 1977. The source of his fortune is real estate and brand endorsements.

12. DWAYNE JOHNSON ($160 MILLION)

Dwayne made millions off of his The Rock gimmick in the World Wrestling Federation (WWE) and was the face of the company for many years. But, right after leaving the day to day grind of the WWE, he entered Hollywood and has become the highest grossing actor in the industry since then.

11. ANDRE AGASSI ($175 MILLION)

Agassi retired from his career as a tennis star and has had more success after it. Several brand endorsements for companies like Canon, American Express and Adidas have teamed up with his real estate investments and other endeavors to garner him millions of dollars.

10. WAYNE GRETZKY ($200 MILLION)

Gretzky was a hockey player till his retirement in 1999. Since then, he’s involved  in team ownerships, ownerships of restaurants and product endorsements with Coca Cola and Domino’s Pizza.

9. HAKEEM OLAJUWON ($200 MILLION)

Hakeem has been retired for about 16 years and his activities are far from vacationing in the Bahamas and playing golf. His real estate investments have gathered him $200 million over the years.

8. GEORGE FOREMAN ($250 MILLION)

No one knew that setting down the gloves could get you so filthy rich. Well, here’s Foreman making a quarter of a billion through his brand endorsements.

7. JACK NICKLAUS ($280 MILLION)

Jack Nicklaus left the golf course in 2005. Now, he’s making millions by designing them.

6. GREG NORMAN ($300 MILLION)

Greg is a person that dedicated his life to gold. It’s no surprise that he’d do the same after retirement. This $300 million paycheck was gathered by his activities in designing golf apparel, designing golf courses and running training academies.

5. SHAQ ($350 MILLION)

No, not Big Shaq, this is Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq was a basketball star as all of you probably know. But, ever since then he’s been working full time as a commentator and does a few brand endorsements here and there.

4. DAVID BECKHAM ($350 MILLION)

The blindingly gorgeous David Beckham retired in 2013 and ever since then, he’s been doing endorsements for Adidas, Breitling and Jaguar. He also owns part of Haig Club Whiskey.

3. MAGIC JOHNSON ($500 MILLION)

Johnson retired from basketball and now he owns a basketball team (LA Lakers) and a baseball team (LA Dodgers). He owns a few movie theaters on the side as well and till 2010, he owned shares in Starbucks too. He has sold those shares since then.

2. ROGER STAUBACH ($600 MILLION)

Athlete turned businessman, Roger Staubach is making it big in the corporate world. His ownership of an investment management company have garnered him $600 million in profits.

1. MICHAEL JORDAN ($1 BILLION)

Probably the most famous basketball player to ever live, Michael Jordan is the prime example that brand endorsements are a billion dollar industry. Jordan also owns the Charlotte Hornets.

 

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