Usain Bolt Retires: How Much Has Track Star Earned in Career? | Money

Bolt has easily been the most celebrated and highest-earning track star for a decade. So how much has he earned during his career?

The 30-year-old Bolt will pull in $34.2 million this year, according to Forbes, making him the 23rd-highest-paid athlete in the world. His latest ranking puts him ahead of any baseball player, and just behind golfer Jordan Spieth and basketball player Derrick Rose. There is no other track star in the top 100.

Almost all of Bolt’s money comes from endorsements, including deals with Puma, Sprint, and Advil, Forbes says. Only $2.5 million of his earnings in the past 12 months are reportedly from race winnings and appearance fees at track events.

The $34.2 million for 2017 tracks slightly higher than 2016, when Forbes pegged Bolt’s earnings at $32.5 million.

According to CNBC, Bolt has been with Puma since 2002, when the sprinter was just 16. Prior to the 2016 Olympics, the deal was paying him $10 million a year. It’s not clear how much the deal is worth now. Before his $10 million contract, Puma was said to be paying him $1.5 million a year, according to the Financial Times.

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