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
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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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