Here Are the Richest Black Athletes on the Planet: The $3 Billion Club

Here Are the Richest Black Athletes on the Planet: The $3 Billion Club

Lebron James, Naomi Osaka, Devin Booker and more are among the 50 richest athletes in the world.

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The best athletes in the world are getting bigger paychecks. In Forbes list of the 50 richest athletes in the world, they collectively made nearly $3 billion.

Out of the 50 athletes that made the list, 30 of them are Black. Here are some of the names.

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LeBron James

LeBron James

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No surprise here. Earlier this year, he became the first active NBA player to become a billionaire, so there’s no shock he’s one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. In 2022, he made $121.2 million.

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Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

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Stephen Curry is also looking to make a case to join LeBron in the Billionaire club. The reigning NBA champion made $92.8 million in 2022.

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Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

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Things might not be ideal in Brooklyn right now, but the Nets superstar is still getting a bag. Kevin Durant took home $92.1 million in 2022.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Two-time MVP and 2021 Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo got a bag in 2022 making $80.9 million. The Greek Freak is living well.

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Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

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Although he’s now coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers, Russell Westbrook’s pockets are looking good. In 2022, he made $79.2 million.

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James Harden

James Harden

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No longer in MVP form, James Harden is still getting MVP money. In 2022, the guard for the Philadelphia Sixers made $74.4 million.

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

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Like LeBron James, Tiger Woods became a billionaire earlier this year. Although he’s no longer the best golfer in the world, he’s the best-paid. In 2022, he made $68 million.

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

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This British F1 Racer is the best in the world and made $65 million in 2022 to back it up.

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Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

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The highest-paid woman on this list, Naomi Osaka, is also one of the greatest tennis players in the world. In 2022, she made $59.2 million.

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Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

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The All-Star guard for the Portland Trailblazers is one of the most exciting players in the league when he’s on. With the help of his Adidas contract, Lillard made $57.2 million in 2022.

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Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

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Mostly thanks to the lucrative contract the Browns gave him earlier this year, this Cleveland Browns quarterback has made $55.6 million in 2022.

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Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

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After coming off of two major injuries, Thompson is back on the court and back to making the big bucks. In 2022, he made $55 million.

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Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes

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The best quarterback in the league, Patrick Mahomes is also one of the best-paid athletes in the league. Owner of the largest contract in the history of sports, Mahomes took home $49.1 million in 2022.

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Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

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The Miami Heat guard is often injured, but that doesn’t affect the money he makes off the court. He took home $48 million in 2022.

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Paul George

Paul George

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The Los Angeles Clippers forward is one of the best two-way players in the NBA. He’s also one of the best at bringing home paychecks. In 2022, he made $47.9 million.

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Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

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Paul George’s teammate, Kawhi Leonard, has not been able to stay on the court because of an injury he suffered during the 2021 NBA Playoffs. But he’s still making bank, taking home $45.4 million in 2022.

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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

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After a disappointing 2021-2022 NBA season, Anthony Davis has been balling out for the Los Angeles Lakers in the early part of this year. In 2022, he made a salary of $45.4 million.

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams

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To no surprise, one of the greatest athletes of all time and also the greatest tennis player ever... is also one of the best-paid athletes in the world. Whew! In 2022, despite being “retired” for most of it, Serena still took home $45.3 million.

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John Wall

John Wall

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The Los Angeles Clippers guard made $44.8 million in 2022.

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Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé

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The French fútbol star is busy playing with France for the right to win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. But at only 23 years old, he’s one of the highest-paid athletes in the world and took home a whopping $43 million in 2022.

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Marshon Lattimore

Marshon Lattimore

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The feisty cornerback for the New Orleans Saints made $40.9 million in 2022.

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Devin Booker

Devin Booker

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The best shooting guard in the NBA made $39.9 million in 2022.

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Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid

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One of the most dominant and physically imposing players in the NBA took home an impressive $39.7 million in 2022.

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Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper

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The underrated wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns made $39.4 million in 2022.

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Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

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The quarterback for America’s Team (and Amari Cooper’s former teammate), Dak Prescott made $29.4 million in 2022.

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul

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Although the veteran “Point God” for the Phoenix Suns may be slowing down on the court, he’s doing pretty well for himself off the court, making $39.1 million in 2022.

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Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs

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The confident wide receiver is extremely talented at catching footballs on the field and great at catching bags off of it. In 2022, he made $38.7 million.

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Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

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Despite not being the same level of NBA player that he was a few years ago, he’s still getting paid like it. He made $38 million in 2022.

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Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

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Since being traded to the Denver Broncos, Russell Wilson’s play has been nothing short of disappointing. But, thanks to his new contract, he still made $38 million in 2022.

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Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal

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The star guard for the Washington Wizards made $37.7 million in 2022.

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