Richest Australian Sports Stars

Richest Australian Sports Stars
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When we talk of high profile, well paid Australian athletes, the Adam Scott’s of the golf or the Tim Cahill’s of soccer may be some of the first people that comes to the mind. However, whoever said there was no money in cricket needs to have a word with Shane Watson after it was revealed that the cricketer earned 4.5 million dollars in 2014. X-raying the profile of the youngest on the list in person of Dante Exum, who in the space of 3 years has progressed from a promising talent to one of the most hyped young basketballer on earth.

1. Andrew Bogut

Born on the 28th of November 1984, Andrew Bogut an Australian professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He was a star at the University of Utah before declaring for the NBA Draft. and was named the tournament MVP during the 2003 FIBA JWC.

Bogut is regarded as the $114 million man due to his new deal which is expected to lift his career’s on-court earning to almost $113.7 million. Has a net worth of $55 million, annual salary of $13.8 million and endorsement earnings stands at $1.5 million.

2. Adam Scott

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Business Insider/Reuters

Born on the 16th of July 1980, Adam Scott keeps climbing the ranks of his professional career with several international golf tournaments. However, it was about a decade ago that the UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) alum began making a name on the PGA circuit. He won the 2013 Masters as well as the 2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

Taking a glance at his married life, Scott’s wedding was so secret that not even his guests knew about it. He kept the wedding a surprise and even managed to go 3 months before anyone found out. With a net worth of $40 million, he has won more than $38 million from PGA tours event.

3. Jason Day

It seems he is misnamed as there’s nothing about him that suggests he’s merely a 24-hour wonder. Born on the 12th of November 1987, he turned professional in year 2006. Worthy of note was the fact that during his teens while at the Hill International College, Jason shared how he borrowed a book about Tiger Woods from his roommate and how it inspired him to improve his golf by frequent practicing in the mornings and evenings. Jason Day’s net worth is estimated to be $17 million. He is currently endorsed by brands like Taylor Made and Lexus, Day makes $2.8 million off the course.

4. Marcos Ambrose

Born on the 1st of September 1976, Ambrose is the premier Australian race car driver. He drives the Number 17 Ford FG X Falcon for DJR team Penske in the V8 Supercar Series. He won the series championship in 2003 and 2004 and remains the only driver to have a round win in every V8 Supercar season he has participated in. On the 24th of October 2000, he was awarded the Australian sport medal for his motor racing achievements.

It’s imperative to highlight a particular event in his career when Ambrose had a physical encounter with Casey Mears while running in the top 5 of the Richmond 400. Though both were fined and placed on probation for a month, they claim they still remain buddies. He has a net worth of $20 million and $5.68 million career earnings.

5. Tim Cahill

Australian professional soccer star Tim Cahill is no stranger to fans of The Beautiful Game. Born on the 6th of December 1979. He has become recognised for his aggressive and powerful approach and his ability to head the ball in the penalty area. He currently plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese super league and the ANF team where he is the all time top goal scorer.

Cahill has become one of the highest profile footballers in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) earning over 80 caps and scoring 45 goals for his country. He has a net worth of $12 million. His Nike endorsement is estimated to be worth around $3 million per year.

6. Grant Balfour

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Born on the December 30, 1977, Australian professional baseball relief pitcher Grant Balfour who is currently a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics. He is currently the all time save leader and strikeout leader among the Australian MLB pitchers.

Balfour is known to shout at himself while on the mound and use profanity to fire himself up. It is noteworthy that Balfour was inducted into the baseball Australia Hall of Fame in February 2015. He signed a contract of $11 million with Tampa Bay Rays from 2015; his net worth is $4 million and has a market value of $24 million.

7. Patrick Mills



He is an Australian professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Born on the August 11, 1988, Mills is the second indigenous Australian to play in the NBA (National Basketball Association). He signed with the Spurs in 2012 and the sharp-shooting point guard was integral in the Spurs 2014 NBA Championship run.

In the wake of the 2010 Queensland floods, Mills raised over $40,000 to assist with flood relief through Portland based charity foundation ‘Wears My Shirt’. In 2015/ 2016, he’s projected to earn a base salary of $3,245,614 and an incentive bonus of $333,333. He has a net worth of $2 million.

8. Shane Watson

Shane Watson is an Australian professional cricketer and National Team right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler. Born on the 17th of June 1981. Watson debuted for the Australian cricket team in 2002, playing his first game against South Africa. He’s the only player to win 4 consecutive awards for ‘player of the match’ in ICC event history and also the only player to win ‘player of the year’ award in all formats. He became the highest paid Australian cricketer in 2011. According to Forbes, Watson is the highest paid cricketer outside India, earning over $5.9 million in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with his cricket pay at $2.9 million and endorsement at $3 million.

9. Dante Exum

He is an Australian professional basketballer for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He was considered one of the best prospects for the 2014 NBA draft. Exum plays the point guard and shooting guard positions. He grew up playing Australian Rules football but gave it up to focus on basketball. Taking a closer look at his family line, Exum has a twin sister, Tierra, who is an international elite gymnast. From school to the NBA in just seven months, Utah’s drafting of Dante Exum continues a meteoric rise for the Australian teenager. With his NBA contract worth around $5 million for 2 years now assured, time will tell if Exum is a $10 million risk worth taking for Utah Jazz.

10. Mitchell Guy Johnson

This Australian born cricketer is a left arm fast bowler and left handed batsman. He was awarded the International Cricket Council’s ‘cricketer of the year’ award in 2009 and 2014. He played a key role in the semi-final and final matches of ICC world cup 2015 which led to Australia winning the world cup for the fifth time.

Johnson retired from all forms of international cricket on 17th November 2015. He is estimated to have a net worth of around $4 million. He was picked by Kings XI Punjab for $1.16 million in the Indian premium league auction in 2014.