Most of the Irish fighter’s revenue came from the sale of his controlling stake in the Proper No. whiskey brand. Twelve worth $ 150 million.
“This year, McGregor hits the winning goal after using his unmatched popularity in mixed martial arts to build a lucrative business outside of the UFC’s Octagon,” wrote Forbes.
“McGregor has made $ 158 million in the past 12 months outside of his fighting career, making him only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to have made more than $ 70 million off the field in a single year while he was still active in the competition. “
Soccer stars Lionel Messi ($ 130 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 120 million) finished second and third, and NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($ 107.5 million) finished fourth. Only five other athletes – Federer, Floyd Mayweather, Neymar, Manny Pacquiao, and Woods – had previously made more than $ 100 million a year.
LeBron James finished fifth as a top-earning NBA player in 2021 with $ 96.5 million. The 36-year-old recently became an investor in Fenway Sports Group, which includes MLB’s Premier League club Liverpool and Boston Red Sox.
Brazilian soccer player Neymar finished sixth after earning $ 95 million and Roger Federer finished seventh after being sidelined for much of the year due to an injury, seventh after earning $ 90 million on endorsements.
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton ($ 82 million), NFL quarterback Tom Brady ($ 76 million) and NBA star Kevin Durant ($ 75 million) completed the top 10 despite the impact the sports calendar achieved a total of 28% more than the top 10 of the previous year due to the pandemic.