Tiger Woods is expected to become the first billionaire among current active sports stars by the summer of 2024, according to research from Casumo.
Woods, who is currently recovering from a horror car crash in February, has an estimated net worth of $800 million, which currently leads the race of all active sports stars today.
Former Manchester United winger and current Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is in second place on $500 million, with tennis ace Roger Federer in third on $450 million.
According to the study, Woods, 45, is expected to earn billionaire status in approximately three years and three months, which would be the summer of 2024.
Much of that will depend, however, on how quickly Woods can recover from his multiple leg injuries sustained during his horror car crash in Los Angeles at the end of February.
Woods, who has won a record-tying 82 times on the PGA Tour, currently leads the circuit's career earnings list on $120,851,706, which is $30 million more than next best Phil Mickelson.
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Despite a number of off-course setbacks in his private life when he lost several sponsorship deals in the process, Nike has remained loyal to Woods ever since he first burst on the scene in the mid-90s.
It is estimated that Woods currently receives around $60 million a year from his current sponsors, which include Nike, TaylorMade, Monster, GOLF TV, Bridgestone, Kowa, Hero, Upper Deck, Full Swing Simulators, and Centinel Spine.
Woods also designs a number of golf courses around the world, which also earns him a buck or two, and he also makes money through appearance fees.
NBA legend Michael Jordan is the only sportsperson to have an estimated net worth over $1 billion, but he is now retired. Jordan's business career and endorsement deals with the likes of Nike have seen him reach an estimated net worth of a staggering $2.2 billion.
In fact, the only sportsperson who currently has an estimated net worth of over $1 billion is the long-retired Michael Jordan, whose business career and endorsement deals with the likes of Nike have seen him reach an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion.
Ronaldo is expected to reach the billionaire club in four years and eight months, with Federer in just over five years.
LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Lewis Hamilton and Phil Mickelson make up the current top 10 on the list in the race to become sports' next billionaires.
If Mickelson wants to become a billionaire, he will need to likely wait another 14 years and seven months, according to the study, which would take him through to his 64th birthday.