As of 2015, some of the world's wealthiest athletes are Michael Jordan, Michael Schumacher, Arnold Palmer, Roger Staubach and Tiger Woods. Each has a net worth of more than $500 million.
Jordan was the first athlete to reach the $1 billion threshold. He is a former American basketball player and current businessman. His time as a star in the National Basketball Association earned him a little over $90 million, and as of 2015 he earns around $80 to $100 million annually through business ventures and endorsements, including $60 million through Nike brand royalties alone.
Schumacher is considered the most accomplished Formula One race car driver in history. At the peak of his career, he was paid $10 million by Shell just for wearing a hat with the company's logo on it. Schumacher's net worth is approximately $800 million.
Palmer is a retired American golfer who is considered to be one of the greatest of all time. During his career, he won the PGA tour 62 times and the Championship Tour 10 times. Palmer is also a successful entrepreneur, as he has more than 400 freestanding stores in Asia that sell apparel and leather goods. Palmer's net worth is $675 million.
Staubach is an American former professional football quarterback who has a net worth of $600 million. After a successful NFL career during which he was one of the top quarterbacks in the game, Staubach became a sports commentator and the executive chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management company that specializes in real estate.
Woods is an American professional golfer who is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time. He was the first athlete to earned $1 billion in salary and endorsements and has a net worth of $550 million.