Formula 1 pace setter Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s wealthiest sportsman, with a fortune of $115 million.
The comprehensive survey of wealth in Britain and Ireland was conducted and is due to be published by The Sunday Times.
It reveals that Hamilton added a massive $13.5 million to his fortune in the past year alone. He was lured away from McLaren to join Mercedes for the start of the 2013 season.
Hamilton, the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion, is slightly ahead of former McLaren teammate and fellow F1 World Champion Jenson Button, who is said to be worth $105 million.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray added $13.5 million to his fortune following his historic victory last year, bringing his worth up to $67 million.
Manchester United and England football star Wayne Rooney was named the richest footballer with a tidy sum of $100 million to his name.
The list was created by looking at identifiable wealth such as land, property, shares in publicly quoted companies and other assets such as art and racehorses. However it excludes bank accounts because the Sunday Times has no access to them, and they are not open to public scrutiny.
The full list is set to be revealed next month.
Britain’s richest sportsmen top 10:
- Lewis Hamilton (Motor racing): £68m
- Jenson Button (Motor racing): £63m
- Wayne Rooney (Football): £60m
- Steve Nash (Basketball): £56m
- Rio Ferdinand (Football): £44m
- Andy Murray (Tennis): £40m
- Steven Gerrard (Football): £37m
Frank Lampard (Football): £37m
- Luol Deng (Basketball): £36m
Ryan Giggs (Football): £36m
(Source: The Sunday Times Rich List 2014)