Hamilton enters Forbes top-10 highest-paid athletes list

Lewis Hamilton Forbes Richest List

Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is now among the highest paid athletes in the world according to Forbes' annual rich list.

The Mercedes driver clocked in with an estimated $38M salary and $8m in endorsements, thanks mainly to L'Oreal, Monster Beverages and Bombardier.

Ham's revenue is still a far cry however from the earnings enjoyed by the man who heads the list, football player Cristiano Ronaldo who rakes in a $58M retainer from Real Madrid and a lavish $35M in endorsements.

Hamilton has two of his F1 colleagues on the Forbes list, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel sitting 14th and Fernando Alonso climbing to 20th.

Vettel's $38M salary at the Scuderia equals Hamilton's retainer at Mercedes, but the German earned just a measly $500,000 in endorsements last year.

Vettel is actually at the bottom of the endorsements list when looking at the top-30 athletes.

At the other end of the spectrum, tennis player Roger Federer comfortably leads the field with a gigantic $58M in personal sponsorship deals

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