The world’s most famous runner ranks 32nd on the list of highest-paid athletes of 2016, according to Forbes.
Jamaican Usain Bolt, who has won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at three consecutive Olympic Games, earned $2.5 million in salary and winnings and an additional $30 million in endorsements this past year. (All figures are in US dollars.)
Much of the 30-year-old’s earnings come via endorsements including a reported $10-plus million from Puma. The sportswear brand also endorses Canadian sprint superstar Andre De Grasse, who won three medals, including one silver and two bronze, at the Rio Games in August. Forbes reports that Bolt has 10 global partners in his “endorsement portfolio.”
Bolt is the only track and field athlete ranked in the top-100 of Forbes‘ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Earnings in excess of $20 million are required to crack the top 100. According to Forbes, Nike is partnered with 50 of the top-100 listed athletes.
Tennis star Serena Williams was the top paid female athlete in 2016 coming in at number 40 overall thanks to annual earnings of $28.9 million. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo earned $88 million in 2016 putting him atop the Forbes list. There are no Canadians on the list.
Bolt is also the most followed on social media of any track and field athlete with four million fans on Twitter, 19 million likes on Facebook and an additional six million followers on Instagram. He’s very active on the mobile app Snapchat too.
The nine-time Olympic champion is expected to retire after the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.