Athletes appearing in the Olympics don’t get paid to compete, but they do get paid through endorsements, tournament wins, appearances, investments, and more. All the athletes listed below have appeared in multiple Olympics and make serious bank outside of the games. Read through the names of athletes listed below to find out which athletes that frequently attend the Summer Olympics are the wealthiest.
Alex Morgan is a women’s soccer superstar who plays for the U.S. Women’s National Team and the Orlando Pride. Morgan is well-known for kicking the winning goal at the semi-final match of the 2012 London Olympics. She was the first female soccer player to be on the cover of FIFA video games. She has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award, FIFA World Player of the Year, and multiple ESPY Awards. Morgan has endorsed Nike, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble, Chobani, AT&T, and Mondelez International.
Michael Phelps is a swimmer who holds the record for winning the most Olympic Medals. He’s won a grand total of 28 medals, including 23 gold ones. Phelps earned the nickname the “Flying Fish” because of his speed and power in the pool. Michael Phelps has been sponsored by Speedo, Subway, Visa, PowerBar, AT&T, and Under Armour.
Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, has captured the attention of the entire world. He holds world records in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4x100 meters relay. He’s considered by many to be the greatest sprinter of all time. Bolt won eight gold medals over three Olympic Games.
Bolt has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year four times, the IAFF Male Athlete of the Year, and many other awards. He has a clothing line from Puma, a watch line with Hublet, a restaurant chain called Tracks & Records, Champion Shave, a shaving company, Enetor, and an insole company. He is endorsed by Gatorade, Puma, Virgin Media, and more. Bolt runs the Usain Bolt Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children.
Spain’s superstar tennis player, Rafael Nadal, is currently ranked number two in the world in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Nadal has won nineteen Grand Slam titles including four U.S. Open titles, twelve French Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, and one Australian Open title. He is known as “The King of Clay.” Nadal won two gold medals in the Olympics, one for singles and one for doubles. Nadal has made $32 million in endorsements for Nike, Kia, Emporio Armani, and more.
Kevin Durant is a men’s professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is a member of the 2020 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team. After playing for the University of Texas, Durant has signed contracts with NBA teams like the Seattle Supersonics, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Golden State Warriors. He now has the most endorsement deals of any NBA player. He endorses companies like Nike, Alaska Airlines, and American Family Insurance. He is currently worth about $170 million.