Published on June 23rd 2010 by Leon Shepherd

One of the world’s highest paid professions is that of professional athletes. From brand endorsements, to actually getting paid for their abilities as athletes, these guys are definitely making the big bucks. This Top 10 list features the highest paid black athletes in the world today. The list includes, one retired NBA player, seven active NBA players, one professional golfer, and one boxer.


10. Paul Pierce 

 $20 million per year salary.


9. Tim Duncan 


$22 million per year salary.



8. Jermaine O’Neal 


 $23 million per year salary.



7. Tracy McGrady 


 $23 million per year salary.


6. Shaquille O’Neal 


 $33 million per year. ($20 million a year salary, $13 million from endorsements)



5. Floyd Mayweather 


 $40 million from Shane Mosley fight.



4. LeBron James 


 $40 million per year. ($16 million a year salary, $24 million from endorsements)



3. Michael Jordan



$45 million per year from endorsements.



2. Kobe Bryant



 $45 million per year. ($23 million a year salary, $22 million from endorsements)



1. Tiger Woods

$85 million per year. ($5 million golfing, $80 million from endorsements.)


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6 Responses to “Top 10 Highest Paid Black Athletes”

  1. Shack II Says:

    NBAers J. Oneal and McGrady should give back their salaries for what they give to their respective teams!

    If TW still gets this much from his endorsements, then he came through the scandal unscathed!

  2. Leon Shepherd Says:

    Shack, prior to the scandal, Tiger was making $105 million dollars per year in endorsements.
    After the scandal, he lost $25 million in endorsements, putting him at $80 milliion per year.
    That amount still makes him a very wealthy man, or as you stated, practically unscathed.

  3. Lenora Dorsey Says:

    Wow! That is major. I guess you need the endorsements. Actually, you don’t but it defines the athlete. By that, I mean it gives them a better since of self worth. Tiger really was unaffected by his scandle from an endorsement standpoint. I love this. I was unaware of how much these players made from their endorsments.

  4. Trisha Says:

    Leon, Amazing numbers. I agree with Shack, a few over paid atheletes. I have one question, how do Dwayne Wade and Magic Johnson fit on this list?

  5. Leon Says:

    Great question Trisha!
    Dwayne Wade’s salary is $16 million per year. His salary will increase immensely when signs his new contract in a couple of months.

    I couldn’t find Magic’s annual income, but his estimated net worth is $800 million dollars. Wow!

  6. Trisha Says:

    Like I keep saying to you Magic is the man, on and off the court.