Lewis Hamilton has topped the UK Sunday Times Rich List for sports persons, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in tow for second place. Hamilton’s fortune amounts to a total of £131 million, making him the richest sportsman in the UK. Hamilton made the grade and overtook both Rooney and Zlatan due to his Mercedes driving fees and a list of money-churning sponsorships like L’Oreal, IWC watches and Bombardier. Hamilton could see another rise in his pay-out if Mercedes releases his bonus clause as part of his F1 contract, which will give him a sum of £33 million.
Meanwhile, old mainstay Rooney has been overtaken by Zlatan Ibrahimovic whose accumulated wealth is estimated to be £110 million. Ibrahimovic, who is currently badly injured, has played for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan and presently, Manchester United. His payout per week at the club is a staggering £220,000 and the footballer also gains from his long-term endorsement deals with Nike.
Wayne Rooney went from second to third, with a £93 million fortune from his extensive football career. Fourth on the list is Jenson Button, a British racing driver who does not have a permanent team but estimates at £86 million. Additionally, the other popular sportspersons to make the list include Rory McIlroy and Andy Murray; along with football managers for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho and Manchester City, Pep Guardiola.