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In a June 2009 article, Forbes listed Tiger Woods as the world's highest paid athlete. From 2008 to 2009, he made $110 million and is the first athlete ever to earn $1 billion in his 13-year career. It should be noted that most of his money comes from endorsements.

Here is the full list from Forbes, including the amount each athlete made from June 2008 to June 2009. (Some of them are ties.)

Top 20 highest paid athletes, as of 2009
1. Tiger Woods, golf - $110 million
2. Kobe Bryant, basketball - $45 million
2. Michael Jordan, basketball - $45 million
2. Kimi Raikkonen, NASCAR- $45 million
5. David Beckham, soccer/football - $42 million
6. Lebron James, basketball - $40 million
6. Phil Mickelson, golf - $40 million
6. Manny Pacquiao, boxing - $40 million
9. Valentino Rossi, motorcycling - $35 million
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR - $34 million
11. Roger Federer, tennis - $33 million
11. Shaquille O'Neal, basketball - $33 million
13. Oscar de la Hoya, boxing - $32 million
13. Lewis Hamilton, NASCAR - $32 million
13. Alex Rodriguez, baseball - $32 million
16. Vijay Singh, golf - $31 million
17. Kevin Garnett, basketball - $30 million
17. Jeff Gordon, NASCAR - $30 million
17. Derek Jeter, baseball - $30 million
17. Ronaldinho, soccer/football - $30 million
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