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Tiger Woods joins Micheal Jordan and LeBron James as newest athlete billionaire

Tiger Woods has generated over $1.7 billion in prize money, endorsements and other ventures.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 12 June 2022 11:56 am

Tiger Woods has joined the exclusive club with NBA superstars Michael Jordan and LeBron James of being an athlete with a net worth of at least $1 billion as reported by business magazine Forbes. The 15-times major champion, who returned to pro-golf at the Augusta Masters in April -14 months as he nearly lost his right leg in a car crash, has generated over $1.7 billion in prize money, endorsements and other ventures.

Tiger Woods is currently level with Sam Snead for the most wins on the PGA Tour at 82, but Forbes reported that his winnings from his golf account are less than 10% of his career earnings, with the majority worth generated via endorsements with brands like Nike and Rolex.

Similarly, in the recent few days, Tiger Woods reportedly was given an offer by the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour – an offer that would have made him a billionaire. While talking in an interview with the Washington Post, Norman revealed: “Woods turned down a deal that was mind-blowingly enormous; we’re talking about high nine digits.”

Tiger Woods previously admitted that LIV Golf had tried to sign him and that he rejected their offer. He said in November 2021, “I’ve decided for myself that I’m supporting the PGA Tour. That’s where my legacy is. I’ve been fortunate enough to have won 82 events on this tour and 15 major championships, and been a part of the World Golf Championships, the start of them and the end of them.”

In May, Tiger Woods had also talked about rumours of Mickelson’s imminent departure from the Tour, while consolidating his commitment to the PGA Tour for the future.“[Mickelson] has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf going. I have my viewpoint on how I see the game of golf, and I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has run events on the tour for a number of years,” Tiger Woods said.

“I just think that what Jack [Nicklaus] and Arnold [Palmer] have done in starting the tour and breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in ’68 or ’69, somewhere in there, I just think there’s a legacy to that.”

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