Tiger Woods: Still the world's best-compensated athlete despite on- and off-course issues
But don't feel too sorry for him: Woods is still No. 1 by a long shot on the list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. According to Forbes, Tiger has made a cool $75 million over the past year, even though his on-course earnings for 2010 and '11 total only about $1.9 million -- relative chump change for a guy who averaged better than $8 million in winnings per year from 2000-09.
The bulk of Woods' money comes from long-term endorsement deals with Nike and video-game maker EA, which set sales records with the newest version of its "Tiger Woods PGA Tour" game.
A pair of NBA stars, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, rank second and third on the list with $53 million and $48 million apiece. The only female athlete on this year's list is tennis star Maria Sharapova. She ranks 29th with earnings of $24.2 million, mostly from endorsements.
The 10 highest-paid athletes in the past year, according to Forbes:
1. Tiger Woods (golf), $75 million
2. Kobe Bryant (basketball), $53 million
3. LeBron James (basketball), $48 million
4. Roger Federer (tennis), $47 million
5. Phil Mickelson (golf), $46.5 million
6. David Beckham (soccer), $40 million
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer), $38 million
8. Alex Rodriguez (baseball), $35 million
9. Michael Schumacher (auto racing), $34 million
10. Lionel Messi (soccer), $32.3 million