Richest black sportsmen

The best thing I find in sports is that it embraces all the people hailing from any race, color, or ethnicity with immense love and enthusiasm. We have witnessed many athletes who fought against all the odds and carved out a name for themselves. Today, let’s read about some richest black sportsmen who have not only achieved soaring heights in their respective sports but have also inspired others to dive into this sea of abundant opportunities and fetch out pearls of success.

Michael Jordan

The first on the list is undoubted- Michael Jordan, who has left an unfadable mark on the history of the NBA. Hailing from an African- American Family, we witnessed his journey filled with a lot of struggle. He started his career with the Chicago Bulls, and his hard work changed the story henceforth.

We saw his incredible performance in the late eighties when he not only scored 3,000 points in a single season but also got awarded as the best defensive player of the year. Under the shadow of Michael Jordan, the Chicago bulls won 6 titles.

He ended his career on a high note and retired in 2003. Being the richest former athlete, he has an accumulated wealth of $1.6 billion, which he also uses for charity and other philanthropic purposes. We saw his endorsement with big corporate houses like Nike and Hanes, fetching a mammoth amount from them. He also owns Charlotte Hornets which is recently valued at $1.5 billion.

Floyd Mayweather

Another gem which I feel, in the field of boxing, is Floyd Mayweather. There was a time when neither his family’s economic condition was good nor his bond with his parents. His mother was a drug addict, and he once stated that his father didn’t use to spend much time with him apart from the training time (although his father denies this). In Floyd’s own words- when people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.

Despite these, he has made remarkable records in the field. He holds a record of 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (with 10 of them by KO) and 4 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees. He won fifteen major world titles, including The Ring in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record. In 2018, he was the most paid athlete, with earnings amounting to $275 million. And today, his net worth is more than $1.2 billion.

Tiger woods

Eldrick Tont Woods, popularly known as Tiger Woods, is a renowned figure in the field of Golf. Born in an African-American army officer’s family in California, he was initially mentored by his father. During his entire professional journey, he countered the preexisting white-dominant golf culture and carved out a name for himself.

He started getting fame after winning the US Masters only at the young age of 21. He was the first African – American to accomplish this task. In the next six years, we saw him clinching four US PGA titles, three Open Championship wins, three US Open wins, and three US Masters wins.

He possesses enormous wealth amounting to $800 million, out of which the substantial chunk came from endorsement and course designs. He recently opened a public golf course named Payne Valley in Missouri.

Kobe Bryant

Late Kobe Bryant is another deserving mention who was a shining star in the history of basketball. Born in 1978 in the USA, his journey to stardom began in 1996 when he skipped college and went straight to the NBA to pursue a professional career in this field.

We witnessed the purple patch of Kobe when he led the Los Angeles Lakers in their three consecutive titles in the period from 2000 to 2002. He got popularised with the name “Black Mamba” as his attitude was to go and destroy everything in the court. We saw his final game on April 13, 2016, and he demonstrated his sheer dominance by scoring 61 points in that game.

His Oscar-winning animated short film is a delight to watch in which he narrated his retirement announcement letter. However, we lost this beautiful gem in a helicopter incident in 2020. Before his death, his wealth was estimated to be approx $600 million comprising his salary and endorsement with Nike, Sprite, McDonald, and other similar giants.  His preeminence is evident in the fact that he even earned $20 million after his death.

Paul Pogba

Last in the list, but not the least, is Paul Pogba, one of the most talented black soccer players that have ever been born to date in the history of French Football. He Belongs to a Muslim family which migrated to Europe in the crisis of 1990. He was born in 1993, and his love for football started showing glimpses at a very tender age.

His professional journey started at the age of 16 when he was picked by Manchester United. In 2014, he became the youngest player to be nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. Further, he also grabbed prestigious titles, including four Serie A awards, two Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Team of the Year, and the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

We saw his active involvement against racism and in clean ocean movements. As of 2021, his net wealth amounted to $125 million, in which his association with Adidas contributes substantially. In 2016, we witnessed one of the highest paying transfers when Paul Pogba came back to Manchester United club with a massive transfer fee of $120 million.

These sportsmen are an epitome of hard work and utmost dedication, who rose to fame while tackling all the hurdles coming in their way. I hope that these inspire more and more people and such wonderful stories keep coming up.