Hamilton remains richest sports person in Britain

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Lewis Hamilton remains the richest sportsman in Britain with a fortune of £88m but Wayne Rooney has overtaken Jenson Button to be in second place in the 2015 Sunday Times Sport Rich List.

F1 world champion Hamilton, who lives as a tax exile in Monaco, remains on pole position in the list – and his fortune has spiralled by £20m on last year, the largest rise of any of the top 10

Rooney’s overall wealth is up £12m to £72m, £1m ahead of racing driver Button, and the Manchester United and England skipper remains on course to join David Beckham as the only British footballer to amass a fortune of more than £100m.

Andy Murray is now fourth on the list with wealth put at £48m, ahead of footballers Rio Ferdinand (£44m) and Steven Gerrard (£42m).

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Luol Deng, the Miami Heat NBA star and former south London schoolboy is next, having amassed a fortune of £40m, the same figure as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who is a new entry in the top 10.

He pips his former player, Frank Lampard (£39m), who is ninth. Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger (£38m) is tied in 10th position with Ryan Giggs, now the assistant manager of Manchester United, along with two golfers, new entry Sir Nick Faldo and world No 1 Rory McIlory.

1 Lewis Hamilton (F1) £88m (£68m in 2014)

2 Wayne Rooney (football) £72m (£60m)

3 Jenson Button (F1) £71m (£63m)

4 Andy Murray (tennis) £48m (£40m)

5 Rio Ferdinand (football) £44m (£44m)

6 Steven Gerrard (football) £42m (£37m)

7= Luol Deng (basketball) £40m (£36m)

7= Jose Mourinho (football) £40m (new)

9 Frank Lampard (football) £39m (£37m)

10= Sir Nick Faldo (golf) £38m (new)

10= Ryan Giggs (football) £38m (£36m)

10= Rory McIlroy (golf) £38m (£28m)

10= Arsene Wenger (football) £38m (new)