It’s common today to see professional athletes signing contracts that pay them tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Those are the superstars. Most athletes, while paid very well, earn far less. And since the average career of a professional athlete is 10 years or less, they often don’t earn enough during their careers to last them through retirement. Quite a few however, have used their fame and name recognition to build successful careers and business empires that earn them far more money after leaving the game than they did when they played.
Here are eighteen amazing success stories.
1) Jim Brown
Year Retired: 1966
Sources of Fortune: TV & Movie Acting; Sports Announcing
Est. Net Worth: $50 million