Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy Among Athletes that Make Forbes' Highest Earners Under 30 List

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Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy Among Athletes that Make Forbes' Highest Earners Under 30 List

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Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy Among Athletes that Make Forbes' Highest Earners Under 30 List

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy both made Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30 In 2016” list.

The 23-year-old Spieth came in at 10th on the list earning a whopping $53 million between June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016. Not bad for a golfer who isn’t Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods.

Golf’s golden boy banked $53 million this past year. Spieth won two major titles and became the youngest U.S. Open champion since 1923. The rising sports star raked in $32 million in lucrative endorsement deals with brands like Under Armour, Coca-Cola and Titleist, and also mints millions in appearance fees at events all over the world.

Those appearance fee numbers will go down this season for Spieth as he isn’t traveling the globe during the wrap-around season outside of the Australian Open this week where he is currently tied for ninth at two-under.

Rory McIlroy wins Tour Championship

McIlroy, who is 27, ranked 14th earning $42.5 million in 2016.

The golfer’s on-course earnings fell by nearly $9 million, but McIlroy continues to be a bankable marketing star. Nike, his biggest endorsement deal, pays nearly $20 million annually. He also settled a messy lawsuit last year with former agents who accused him of owing millions of dollars in commissions.

Taylor Swift, $170 million, and One Direction, $110 million, top the list followed by Lionel Messi in third earning $81.5 million.

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Here are the rest of the athletes that made the top 30 list:

Rank Name Age Millions Earned Sport
6 Novak Djokovic 29 $56 million Tennis
6 Kevin Durant 28 $56 million NBA
10 Cam Newton 27 $53 million NFL
15 Russell Wilson 27 $42 million NFL
16 Sebastian Vettel 29 $41 million F1
18 Rafael Nadal 30 $37.5 million Tennis
18 Neymar 24 $37.5 million Soccer
20 Gareth Bale 26 $36 million Soccer
21 Marcell Dareus 26 $35 million NFL
22 Derrick Rose 28 $34 million NBA
23 A.J. Green 28 $33.5 million NFL
23 Kei Nishikori 26 $33.5 million Tennis
26 James Harden 28 $33 million NBA
27 Usain Bolt 30 $32.5 million Track
28 Clayton Kershaw 28 $32 million MLB
29 Olivier Vernon 26 $32 million NFL
30 Kyrie Irving 24 $28.5 million NBA

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