The 15 Highest Paid Athletes in the World #Ballin’
15. Lewis Hamilton
Total Earnings: $39 million
Salary/Winnings: $36 million
Endorsements: $3 million
Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver from England, and is the 2008, 2014, and 2015 Formula One World Champion. Beginning his career at the humble age of ten, he reportedly approached the team principal of McLeren, Ron Dennis, telling him, “I want to race for you one day.” This bold move seemed to work out well for Hamilton, who ended up driving for McLaren in 2007, twelve years after this initial encounter.
After signing a three-year contract extension in May with the Mercedes’ F1 team, Hamilton could reportedly make more than $140 million in 2016, including bonuses.
The fact that Hamilton was able to sign such a lucrative deal is based largely on the fact that he won his third F1 World Championship in 2015, and moved to the Mercedes brand in 2013 specifically for the unique sponsorship opportunities they provide.