Rossi 7th Highest Grossing Athlete in the World

07/27/2010 @ 1:16 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

A colleague asked me this weekend what it must be like be a walking a economy, to answer that question all we have to do is ask the man himself, Valentino Rossi. The nine-time World Champion is the 7th highest paid athlete in the world according to Sports Illustrated, and makes significantly more money than some other notable riders in MotoGP.

While earning nearly triple the salary of Fiat-Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi also makes $15 million more in take home income (salary + endorsements) than tennis star Maria Sharapova, for example. Perhaps even more astounding is the fact that this is an off-year for Rossi, who was 5th on the SI list last year, but that’s what happens when you’re apart of an industry that nearly collapsed during the recession. Check after the jump for more MotoGP salaries.

The following are salary estimates compiled by GPone:

  • Valentino Rossi: $15.5 – $19.5 million
  • Jorge Lorenzo: $5.2 – $9 million
  • Casey Stoner: $6.5 – $9 million
  • Dani Pedrosa: $3.9 – $5.2 million
  • Andrea Dovizioso: $1.9 – $2.6 million
  • Marco Simoncelli: $1.9 – $2.6 million
  • Loris Capirossi: $1.9 million
  • Ben Spies: $1.3 – $2.6 million
  • Alvaro Bautista: $1.3 million
  • Randy De Puniet: $650,000
  • Marco Melandri: $650,000
  • Mika Kallio: $450,000
  • Colin Edwards: $325,000
  • Aleix Espargaro: $325,000

Helping riders supplement these earnings are of course endorsements, which can either be technical or personal. For example Valentino Rossi has a $3.2 personal endorsement with Monster Energy, with other riders making similar, albeit smaller, endorsements from technical sponsorships, e.g. their racing apparel.

A helmet endorsement deal can be worth $250,000 to $750,000, while racing leathers are worth closer to $300,000 to $650,000. Similarly, boots are worth around $125,000 to $250,000. Not too shabby for just riding a motorcycle at near ludicrous speed.

Source: Sports Illustrated & GPone

  • patron

    Nicky Hayden always seems to have his numbers well hidden from public view.

  • Sean Mitchell

    And then there’s guy’s like us who have to pay our own money to enjoy motorcycling! Just serviced my bike, $667. Rossi, can you reimburse me, bud?

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  • If 6 was 9

    Yeah strange that NH isn’t on the list.

    On another note… the author needs to go back and read his sources. Rossi is 7th on a list not including Americans.

    Including Americans he’d be 12th.

  • haha reading from SI article, manny pacquiao (boxing) is 5th while rossi is 7th and federer (tennis) is number one, If the fight between Floyd Maywhether vs Manny Pacquiao will push through, Manny will be #! next year.
    but i doubt it will happen.

    while rossis move to ducati, theres a 50/50 change if he will retain his rank.
    yamaha has greater more number of fans over ducati which can be counted only
    by hands. Yamaha, you need to count your hands and also toes…