October 2, 2009
Report: Woods becomes a billionaire
Professional golfer Tiger Woods has become the first athlete ever to reach the $1 billion mark in career earnings, Forbes Magazine reported.
The periodical said Woods cracked the plateau by winning the $10 million bonus at last week's PGA Tour Championship at Atlanta.Woods, 33, has been the world's highest-paid athlete since 2002, despite the loss of his endorsement package for General Motors' Buick division.
He makes $3 million in appearances fees outside the united States.
Forbes estimated that he had earned about $895 million before the 2009 season started.
Retired NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is second. Jordan continues to earn $45 million annually, mostly from endorsements for the Nike shoe and sports apparel company.
Forbes estimates that Jordan earned $800 million since his NBA career began in 1984.
Retired auto racing star Michael Schumacher is third with $700 million in career earnings.
Schumacher made a career-high $80 million in 2003.