Hamilton tops rich list as Button drops to third

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2014 world champion Lewis Hamilton remains the richest sportsman in Britain, but Jenson Button has dropped to third in the list.

Hamilton was top of last year's list - compiled by the Sunday Times - with a fortune of £68million. That amount has increased by £20m, which is the largest of any of the top ten as the 30-year-old double world champion retains top spot in 2015 with a wealth of £88m.

Button has been overtaken by England footballer Wayne Rooney in second place, with Rooney boasting a fortune of £72m, putting him £1m ahead of McLaren's 2009 world champion.

Hamilton and Button are the only two figures from Formula One represented in a top ten which is largely made up of footballers and golfers as well as tennis star Andy Murray and basketball player Luol Deng.

The Sunday Times Sport Rich List top ten:

Pos Sportsman Sport 2015 2014
1. Lewis Hamilton Formula One £88m (£68m)
2. Wayne Rooney Football £72m (£60m)
3. Jenson Button Formula One £71m (£63m)
4. Andy Murray Tennis £48m (£40m)
5. Rio Ferdinand Football £44m (£44m)
6. Steven Gerrard Football £42m (£37m)
7. Luol Deng Basketball £40m (£36m)
7. Jose Mourinho Football £40m (new)
9. Frank Lampard Football £39m (£37m)
10. Sir Nick Faldo Golf £38m (new)
10. Ryan Giggs Football £38m (£36m)
10. Rory McIlroy Golf £38m (£28m)
10. Arsene Wenger Football £38m (new)

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