Hamilton is richest British sports star

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are Britian's wealthiest sports people

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are Britain’s wealthiest sports stars

Lewis Hamilton has topped The Times’ 2014 rich list of British sporting stars, being worth a staggering £68-million.

Formula 1 tops the table with Jenson Button’s £63-million in second while Wayne Rooney’s worth of £60-million puts him third on the list.

Of the top 29 earners, 15 were from the world of football, eight from golf, three from basketball, two from F1 and one from tennis, with all worth in excess of £17-million.

Rio Ferdinand (£44-million), Steven Gerrard (£37-million), Frank Lampard (£37-million) and Ryan Giggs (£36-million) join Rooney in the top five wealthiest British footballers.

Andy Murray is the sole tennis star in the top 30 and the reigning Wimbledon champion has a worth of £40-million.

LA Lakers’ player Steve Nash, who has a Canadian/British nationality, is in fourth with his estimated fortune of £56-million while fellow NBA star Luol Deng completes the top ten with his £36-million.

Chelsea is a common theme throughout the list with seven current or former players who have benefitted from Roman Abramovich’s investment.

Stars from the golfing world also feature heavily on the list. Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie top the richest golfers with Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy not far behind.

Exchange rate: £1 = €1.26 = $1.69

Here’s the full run down of Britain’s top sporting earners…

1. Lewis Hamilton – £68-million
2. Jenson Button – £63-million
3. Wayne Rooney – £60-million
4. Steve Nash – £56-million
5. Rio Ferdinand – £44-million
6. Andy Murray – £40-million
7. Steven Gerrard – £37-million
7. Frank Lampard – £37-million
9. Luol Deng – £36-million
9. Ryan Giggs – £36-million
9. Padraig Harrington – £36-million
12. Colin Montgomerie – £32-million

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