Spieth tops McIlroy in Forbes rich list

McIlroy and Spieth both make it into Forbes top earners under 30 list

Charlie Lemay's picture
Thu, 17 Nov 2016

Forbes has released its highest earners under 30 ranking, and two golfers feature high up the list – Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Measuring between  1 June 2015 to 1 June 2016, the sums show 23-year-old Spieth pocketed more than 27-year-old McIlroy, although the two would have been neck-and-neck had the Northern Irishman’s $10m win at the FedEx Cup in September been counted.

Spieth was 10th in the list, taking home a cool $53m before taxes. This included winnings from his US Open triumph, and reported $32 million from sponsorship, with brands such as Under Armour, Coca-Cola and Titleist paying into the pot.

McIlroy came in four places behind in 14th, banking $42.5m. The four-time major champion pocketed $20m from Nike alone.

Behind them in the list were superstars such as singer Drake, quarterback Russell Wilson and tennis player Rafael Nadal.

Singer Taylor Swift topped the rankings with a whopping $170m, followed by the band One Direction, $110m, and Lionel Messi, who banked $81.5m.



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