The Highest-Earning American Athletes 2012

The highest earner on the list pulled in $85M without a single endorsement


FLoyd Mayweather 194x300 The Highest Earning American Athletes 2012Sports Illustrated released its first “Fortunate 50″ list that doesn’t feature golfer Tiger Woods at the top.

This year, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. — who happens to be in jail — grabbed the title of the highest-paid American athlete. Mayweather reeled in $85 million in the past year without endorsements. The five-division world champ made his millions from two world title fights. One against Victor Ortiz and the other against Miguel Cotto.

Here’s a look at the list’s top ten.

  1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr: $85,000,000 – Boxing
  2. Phil Mickelson: $60,763,488 – Golf
  3. Tiger Woods: $56,440,238 – Golf
  4. Kobe Bryant: $48,286,000 – NBA
  5. LeBron James: $45,880,000 – NBA
  6. Alex Rodriguez: $33,500,000 – MLB
  7. Peyton Manning: $31,000,000 – NFL
  8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: $28,164,690 – Auto Racing
  9. Derek Jeter: $27,729,364 – MLB
  10. Larry Fitzgerald: $26,750,000 – NFL

You can access the complete list of the Fortunate 50 at

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