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Dhoni 16th on Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes

June 07, 2013 13:14 IST

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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with earnings of $ 31.5 million, has been ranked at 16th place on Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes, which has been topped by golfer Tiger Woods.

The magazine said 31-year-old Dhoni moved up 15 positions this year. In 2012, he was placed at 31st position.

The influential business magazine estimated that Dhoni made $ 31.5 million over the last year from prize money and endorsements.

37-year-old Woods made $ 78.1 million, followed by tennis star, Roger Federer at $ 71.5 million. Kobe Bryant, American professional basketball player, is third at $ 61.9 million.

Federer had topped the 2012 list.

This year’s 100-strong list features just three women led by Tennis ace Maria Sharapova, who ranks No 22 with earnings of $ 29 million.

Sharapova is joined by No 68 Serena Williams, who raked in $ 20.5 million, including $ 8.5 million in prize money.

China’s Li Na ranks 85th overall with earnings of $ 18.2 million.

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Tiger Woods

Sport: Golf

Total Earnings: $78.1 million



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Roger Federer

Sport: Tennis 

Total Earnings: $71.5 million




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Kobe Bryant

Sport: Basketball

Total earnings: $61.9 million




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LeBron James

Sport: Basketball

Total Earnings: $59.8 million




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Drew Brees

Sport: American football

Total Earnings: $51 million




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Aaron Rodgers 

Sport: American football

Total Earnings: $49 million




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Phil Mickelson

Sport: Golf

Total Earnings: $48.7 million 




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David Beckham

Sport: Football

Total Earnings: $47.2 million 




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Sport: Football

Total Earnings: $44 million




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Sport: Football

Total Earnings: $41.3 million




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