Going for Gold: Check Out the Highest-Paid Olympians Representing Their Country at Tokyo 2020

Mon Jul 26 2021

The Olympic Games only come around every four years (well, five years in this case), but it’s fair to say that the Olympians of the world are on the go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Hustling and training never stops for these athletes, and the sporting stars representing their country at Tokyo 2020 have been working harder than ever.

Thankfully, it seems as though this hard work has been paying off – quite literally. Not only are these guys already making waves across the pond as Olympians to watch both now and in the future, but they’re also scoring endorsement deals, sponsorship gigs, and more. This means that their bank accounts are just as active as they are, and we have their hefty net worths here to prove it.

Naomi Osaka’s Net Worth – $60 Million

Tokyo 2020 marks 23-year-old Naomi Osaka’s Olympic debut. Not only that but she was also chosen to be the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony as an ode to her Japanese heritage. This was a memorable moment for the former world number one, but we have a feeling that it’s only going to enhance her $60 million net worth. Especially as a large percentage of that fortune has come from the past year alone.

Naomi Osaka’s name has really made its mark in the tennis world over the past two years, and for the second year in a row, she has become the highest-earning female athlete of all time – even surpassing the legendary Serena Williams. This has all been thanks to her $5 million in prize money accrued over the past year, and another $55 million in endorsements due to collaborations with the likes of Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Barbie, and Google.

Katie Ledecky’s Net Worth – $4 Million

Team USA certainly has a swimming legend in their midst when it comes to Katie Ledecky and their plans for Tokyo 2020. Although she only made her Olympic debut in 2012, she then walked away with a gold medal before earning another four gold medals and a silver medal at Rio 2016. She’s broken 14 world records over the course of her career, so it’s no wonder she’s now worth a hefty $4 million.

But while she may be one of the most successful swimmers on the Team USA roster, Katie doesn’t have too many sponsorships under her belt – especially compared to her competitors who seem to be making less than her. Katie has been very selective with her deals and brand collaborations, and so far has only earned her money from deals with MilkPEP and TYR Sport.

Jon Rahm’s Net Worth – $16 Million

While Spanish professional golfer Jon Rahm was all set to show off his magic at Tokyo 2020, he was forced to withdraw just as the Games began due to a positive Covid test. But that doesn’t mean that his Olympic dreams are over, as just the exposure of making it as far as he did – coupled with his amazing career – will definitely help to increase his $16 million net worth.

Considering Jon Rahm was ranked as the world number one in 2020 (albeit for just nine weeks), this has opened up a wide variety of doors for the golfing legend. He has landed sponsorships with Mercedes-Benz, and he even signed a multi-year deal with Callaway that would have earned him some serious dollar. As if that wasn’t cool enough, Rahm has also sported a new look on the course recently, thanks to a deal with TravisMathew.

Andre De Grasse’s Net Worth – $4 Million

Representing Team Canada at Tokyo 2020 is Andre De Grasse, who is no stranger to making waves on the track. This athlete became the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympics back in 2016, and that’s before we mention the fact that he’s the current Canadian record holder in the 200m sprint.

Due to his incredible popularity within the sporting world, Andre has been approached by countless brands to partner with them over the years. He’s signed deals with the likes of Gilette and Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, and that’s before we mention the Puma deal. Yes, Andre was able to bag himself a multi-million dollar deal alongside the one and only Usain Bolt for the sports company. It’s no wonder he’s been able to rack up a net worth of $4 million.

Damian Lillard’s Net Worth – $70 Million

Portland Trailblazer’s fans will no doubt have been routing for Team USA at Tokyo 2020 – especially with Damian Lillard on the team. The point guard has a hugely successful career under his belt already, and while his sporting prowess has helped him earn a cool fortune that would make anyone happy, it seems as though he’s also a marketing dream come true.

With a net worth of $70 million, he’s pretty rich. And a huge portion of that fortune has actually come from major endorsements deals with famous brands such as 2K Sports, Hulu, and Gatorade. Plus, let’s not forget his 10-year deal with Adidas that’s spawned the incredible Dame. Lillard shoe line. But that’s not all. Did you know that Damian is also a rapper? He’s released three albums under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A under his own record label.

Novak Djokovic’s Net Worth – $220 Million

When both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal withdrew from the 2020 Olympics, Novak Djokovic instantly became tennis’s top dog in Tokyo. All eyes were on the Serbian legend – and he didn’t disappoint. And while his appearance at the Olympics won’t earn him any prize money, he’s pretty set since winning a whopping $2.4 million at Wimbledon 2020. But that’s nothing compared to his overall net worth.

Being ranked as the world number one in tennis makes you a very rich man, and Novak knows this from personal experience. His tournament earnings of course make up a huge chunk of his fortune, but it seems as though every company in the world also wants a slice of this tennis pie. He’s teamed up with the likes of Peugeot, Lacoste, NetJets, and Head in major endorsement deals that have all contributed to his $220 million net worth.

Devin Booker’s Net Worth – $26.6 Million

Devin Booker may only be 24 years old, but this Team USA basketball legend has already broken countless records within the NBA and as part of the Phoenix Suns. He’s one of the most talented rising stars in the sport, and it’s no wonder why he was chosen to head to Tokyo 2020 with the rest of the best. He did break the record as the highest-paid player in the team’s history when he signed a five-year $158 million deal in 2018, after all.

Often called the “next generation’s Kobe Bryant” Devin certainly has an amazing future to look forward to, and we have a feeling that his $26.6 million net worth is going to grow exponentially. And considering he already earns around $7 million a year off the court thanks to sponsorships with the likes of Call of Duty and Nike, we can only imagine that brands will be lining up to work with him after his Olympics debut.

Kei Nishikori’s Net Worth – $24 Million

Tennis fans will know that Kei Nishikori is a sporting powerhouse, and while he certainly made an impact at Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020 is an even bigger deal for the tennis star as it’s taking place on his home turf. But this player doesn’t need to prove that he’s a Japanese legend, as in 2014 he became the first Asian player in history to make a men’s Grand Slam final at the U.S Open. All in all, this talent has allowed him to bag a net worth of $24 million.

While it seems as though Kei hasn’t quite earned enough money to buy matching socks, he seems to be more focused on his tennis progression and his marketability than anything else nowadays. He’s continuing to score big at tennis tournaments, as well as in terms of his endorsements. In the past, he has worked with brands like Nissin, Lixil, and Japan Airlines.

Jrue Holiday’s Net Worth – $30 Million

NBA legend Jrue Holiday has been working his magic on the court for over a decade, but would you believe that Tokyo 2020 is the first time he’s been chosen to represent Team USA at the Olympics? That might be because he’s been so busy adding to his $30 million net worth by perfecting his game and marketing himself as a sports star to get behind.

The Milwaukee Bucks player recently agreed to a four-year extension of his contract, and it’s believed this extension was worth at least $134 million. Couple that with a $2 million endorsement portfolio that includes companies such as Microsoft, Panini, Momentous, and Nike and you have a savvy businessman who knows how to make some serious cash. And we have a feeling that his net worth is only going to increase.

Simone Biles’s Net Worth – $6 Million

When it comes to Gymnastics in the US – and the world – Simone Biles is one of the best. With 30 Olympic and World Championship medals under her belt, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast of all time. Of course, her Tokyo 2020 appearance will just make her even more popular. And this will probably make her much richer, as well.

She’s just 24 years old, but Simone already has a hefty net worth of $6 million. This has been accumulated thanks to her reputation as a sporting powerhouse, as huge brands like Nike, United Airlines, Kellogg’s, Beats by Dr. Dre, and Gap have all paid her big bucks to get on board with their marketing campaigns. Considering she’s only just really starting her career, bigger and better things are definitely on her horizon.

Rory McIlroy’s Net Worth – $120 Million

While nobody can resist his accent, it seems as though we also can’t resist Irish golfer Rory McIlroy’s talent on the fairway either. This pro golf legend has marked his territory in the worldwide golf circuit over the years, and Tokyo 2020 has just been another bucket list item to tick off. But with a net worth of $120 million to his name, we bet Rory doesn’t exactly need the exposure of another Olympic Games. Although it certainly won’t do him any harm.

Regarded as highly as the likes of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy has become hugely popular both in his home country and across the pond. Because of this, he has entered into multi-million-dollar deals with brands such as Nike, UnitedHealth Group, and Omega. And as if that wasn’t enough, Rory has also used his fortune to start his own golf streaming package called GolfPass, which is available to users for $10 per month.

Nyjah Huston’s Net Worth – $12 Million

Nyjah Huston has already made waves as a professional skateboarder, but the inclusion of skateboarding at Tokyo 2020 meant that the US star could take his sport global in search of a medal. Not that he really needs one, though. Since 2013, Nyjah has won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history and has a hefty net worth of $12 million to prove it.

While Huston has won a huge amount of prize money, his talent on the board, his cheeky personality, and his cool style have made it easy for brands to sponsor him and offer him exclusive endorsements. These big brands include Nike SB, Monster Energy, Doritos, Mountain Dew, and so much more. So, we can only imagine he’ll be adding a few more millions to his net worth over the next few years.

Caeleb Dressel’s Net Worth – $3 Million

All eyes have been on Caeleb Dressel to make a splash for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, and he definitely has the talent to do so. The American freestyle and butterfly swimmer has got a whole host of medals and championship titles to his name, and he even holds the American records in 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and in 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly long course.

But when he’s not swimming, Caeleb is still making money from his talent in the pool – bumping up his $3 million net worth in the process. Not only is he signed up to be a SPIRE Institute and Academy swimming instructor, but he has also used his ability to analyze swimming scenes in popular culture for magazines such as GQ. As if that wasn’t enough, Dressel also has sponsorship deals with Speedo, Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Toyota, and more.

Joshua Cheptegei’s Net Worth – $2 Million

A Ugandan hopeful at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is Joshua Cheptegei, who has proved to the world that he is more than capable of smashing the competition in both the 5,000m and the 10,000m long-distance running. In fact, in 2020 he became only the tenth man in history to hold both of the world records in these disciplines – which makes him a popular man in the realm of athletics.

And while there’s no doubt about the fact that Cheptegei could simply rely on his sponsorship income from the likes of MTN and Nike to keep his $2 million net worth afloat, he actually has another very important job under his belt. That’s because Joshua is the Inspector of Police for the Uganda National Police. This job meant that he had to reduce his training sessions by a quarter, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to break records.

Kevin Durant’s Net Worth – $170 Million

Basketball has a strong place within the Olympic Games, but it also has a strong place within the sporting world every other day of the year – and that makes Kevin Durant a very rich player. His inclusion as part of Team USA at Tokyo 2020 has just been another date to his calendar and another way for him to make some serious dollars. In fact, it’s thought that he earned $75 million in the run-up to the Olympics alone.

The Brooklyn Nets star forward has been one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world for many years now, thanks to his many endorsements with the likes of Nike and Footlocker. But his epic $170 million dollar net worth hasn’t just come from his sporting exploits. The budding entrepreneur has also founded his own venture capital firm which has certainly added to that fortune.

Teddy Riner’s Net Worth – $245 Million

Although Judo is often considered to be an overshadowed sport, Teddy Riner is still making sure that people know he’s a powerful judoka. This French native has become one of the most successful sports stars to come out of France, and his stint at Tokyo 2020 will mark his fourth Olympic Games. But his staggering net worth might come as a very big surprise…

While this has not been confirmed, sources suggest that Teddy’s net worth could amount to around $245 million. This hasn’t all come from his sporting abilities, but also from sponsors like Under Armour. He is also a partner of Procter & Gamble and an official sponsor of the International Olympic Committee. Plus, it’s been noted that he has quietly invested his money over the years – and made some very wise business decisions in the process.

Masahiro Tanaka’s Net Worth – $60 Million

Professional baseball player Masahiro Tanaka is known for playing for the New York Yankees in the US, but he’s often made his way back to his home country to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Not only that but he was also chosen to represent Japan at Tokyo 2020. Considering he’s worth $60 million, he’s one of the highest-paid baseball stars to ever come from the country.

Masahiro landed the fifth-largest deal ever offered to a pitcher in 2013 when he signed a seven-year contract worth $155 million with the New York Yankees. So, it’s probably no surprise to learn that much of his wealth has come from his sport and the sponsorship deals that come with it. In the past, he’s been sponsored by the likes of All Nippon Airways who have paid top dollar to be associated with the baseball legend.

Yuto Horigome’s Net Worth – $5 Million

Japan certainly knew what they were doing when they gave Yuto Horigome the chance to compete at Tokyo 2020 for the country. After all, he has become the very first person to win a gold medal in skateboarding at the Olympics. And while the gold medal around his neck is certainly something to be proud of, his $5 million net worth is also pretty impressive.

Horigome is just 22 years old, but he’s been skateboarding professionally for over five years – and he was even sponsored by a Japanese board company when he was just a youngster. So, he’s managed to rack up this net worth over half a decade. From prize money to brand collaborations with April Skateboards, Spitfire, Venture, and Nike SB, he’s only going to get richer and richer.

Khris Middleton’s Net Worth – $24.1 Million

Khris Middleton is normally used to life in Milwaukee, but when he touched down in Japan for Tokyo 2020 as part of Team USA’s basketball team he knew that life would never be the same. After all, only a select few get the chance to represent their country at the Olympic Games. So that fact, combined with his $24.1 million net worth probably makes Khris a very happy man.

The Milwaukee Bucks swingman has been a key player for the team for years now, and his 5-year, $178 million signing back in 2019 certainly solidified that fact. Of course, much of his impressive fortune comes from his work on the court, but that’s not to say that life outside of the hoops hasn’t been profitable for him. The 29-year-old has partnered with Nike, Unilever, Verizon, and more brands to upgrade his bank balance.

Brooke Raboutou’s Net Worth – $5 Million

There are many sports in the Olympics that many people forget about, but it’s hard to forget about rock climbing when Brooke Raboutou is involved. She may only be 20 years old and studying at college, but that didn’t stop the American from heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics as part of Team USA. And that also hasn’t stopped her from bagging herself an impressive net worth.

Yes, it’s believed that she’s now worth an incredible $5 million. And that’s probably because she’s been climbing competitively since she was just a child. She even became the youngest female to climb a 5.13b at just nine years old. This has allowed her the chance to partner with brands like Adidas Terrex and Chipotle, and she’s even modeled for Sports Illustrated.

Liz Cambage’s Net Worth – $3 Million

Women’s basketball often gets overshadowed by the men’s during the on-season, but at the Olympics, it seems to be given the attention it deserves. Female teams from across the globe make their mark, and at Tokyo 2020 Liz Cambage donned her Australian jersey for Team Aus. But she doesn’t always spend her time Down Under, as she normally plays for the Las Vegas Aces.

Liz is a basketball powerhouse and currently holds the WNBA single-game scoring record thanks to her 53-point performance back in 2018, and her $3 million net worth showcases this talent. In fact, the whole Aces team has received a pay increase recently and gets the chance to earn bonuses, as well as being sponsored by the likes of clothing brand Jockey.

Tom Daley’s Net Worth – $4 million

Representing Great Britain in the diving at Tokyo 2020 is a man who is all too familiar with the Olympic Games. In fact, he became Britain’s youngest competitor back in 2008 when he made his way to Beijing at just 14 years old! The diver has oodles of experience and fame under his back, and we all know that with oodles of fame comes oodles of money.

All in all, Tom Daley has a net worth of $4 million – and it’s not a bad thing that he’s also married to the famous American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black either. But Tom doesn’t need to borrow his husband’s money, as he’s earned a huge amount from sponsorship deals over the years. He has previously worked with the likes of Adidas and Bulk Powders, and in 2013 he was even a mentor for the British TV show Splash!

Christina Clemons’ Net Worth – $4 Million

Team USA has some awesome track and field athletes representing them at Tokyo 2020, and Christina Clemons has the pleasure of being one of them. This Maryland native specializes in the 100 m hurdles where she has previously dominated competition at the IAAF World Relays and the World Indoor Championships. But how much does a hurdler make? In Christina’s case, a lot.

It’s been noted that Christina is worth around $4 million, thanks to earnings from big-name sponsors. She even gained serious media attention when she attended the Olympic Trials wearing earrings shaped like a bag of Doritos Cool Ranch chips. Although it’s not known exactly how they paid her back for this advertising, it’s been noted that she bagged a cool sponsorship deal from them in return.

Armand Duplantis’ Net Worth – $4 Million

Armand Duplantis is set to do Sweden proud at Tokyo 2020, as this guy has made waves as one of the best pole vaulters in the business. This 21-year-old has been winning medals since he was just 15 years old, and it seems as though he’s getting better and better every year. In fact, he’s the current world indoor record holder. So, it’s no wonder he has a hefty net worth.

Armand’s net worth currently stands at $4 million, and this has all come to light thanks to his partnerships with the likes of Puma and Red Bull. With sponsors like these, he has been able to not only increase his net worth but also increase his presence within the world of athletics. This means there are bigger and better things to come for this guy.

Carissa Moore’s Net Worth – $2 Million

Hailing from Hawaii, Carissa Moore is due to set the stage alight for Team USA at Tokyo 2020. After all, this is the first time surfing has been included as part of any Olympic Games, and those involved want to make the debut an impressive one. She’s certainly the woman to do it as well, as her name and her $2 million net worth is known across the globe.

Carissa’s money has come from her title winnings and her brand sponsorships over the years – and there’s a lot of them, especially for those who travel the world and surf. Professional surfers on average earn around $250,000 to $400,000 just during world tours, and Carissa has been surfing around the globe since 2007.

Mariya Lasitskene’s Net Worth – $2 Million

Despite the fact that Russia will not be competing in Tokyo 2020, many Russian athletes will compete under the Authorised Neutral Athlete category – and Mariya Lasitskene is one of them. The high jump specialist won the gold medal at the 2015, 2017, and 2019 World Championships, and athletics fans expect big things from the superstar in the future.

It seems as though Mariya’s talent has also paid off in other ways – quite literally, in fact. She has a reported net worth of $2 million, and it’s believed that a huge chunk of that net worth has come from a highly lucrative sponsorship deal with the one and only Nike.

Noah Lyles’ Net Worth – $2 Million

Another member to add to the Team USA track and field team is Noah Lyles, and he’s become somewhat of a fan favorite over the years. And that’s not just because he’s the current world champion in the 200 meters. That’s also because he’s become a fun-loving and marketable athlete who has won over the hearts of watchers at home.

This marketability seems to have worked wonders for his net worth, too. Since making his professional debut in 2016, Lyles has been able to sign deals with the likes of Coca-Cola, Adidas, Visa, and Intel which have all impacted his $2 million net worth. But that’s not all. Noah is also a professional recording artist and has released a few songs under his stage name, Nojo18.

Stephanie Gilmore’s Net Worth – $3 Million

When it comes to surfing, Stephanie Gilmore is one of the best. So it’s no surprise that she’s heading to Tokyo 2020 for Australia. What’s so amazing about this woman is that she’s not only a hugely talented surfer but she’s also fought tirelessly for female surfers to receive equal pay as men – and this has helped her rack up an impressive net worth of $3 million.

This net worth has been bumped up by her various endorsement deals with brands like Nikon, Roxy, and Sanitarium, as it seems as though everyone wants to work with her. In fact, her deals with Nikon and Sanitarium are reported to be around $250,000 each – which is not bad work considering these are all side hustles alongside her surfing regime!

Laurel Hubbard’s Net Worth – $500,000

Laurel Hubbard may not be the richest Olympian heading to Tokyo 2020, but the New Zealand native is still breaking boundaries and breaking records. That’s because she will go down in history as the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympic Games.

Laurel has already made her mark as a weightlifter outside of the Games, and she’s currently ranked seventh in the IWF’s women’s +87 kg division. However, there’s no doubt about the fact that her appearance at the Olympics will only heighten her place within the sporting world, and we have a feeling that her $500,000 net worth will only increase in the years to come.

Allyson Felix’s Net Worth – $4.5 Million

35-year-old Allyson Felix may be older than some of the other competitors at Tokyo 2020, but that doesn’t make the Team USA track athlete any less impressive. This lady has heaps of experience under her belt, and she’s considered to be one of the best track and field sprinter’s in the world. She’s already competed in four Olympic Games, so what will Tokyo have in store for her?

Even if she doesn’t sprint away with a gold medal, we have a feeling that her appearance alone will help to increase her already impressive net worth. Her $4.5 million net worth has come from major endorsements with brands like Nike and Gap Athleta, who have all seen potential in this talented athlete.

Sky Brown’s Net Worth – $1 Million

As you can see from this picture, Sky Brown definitely isn’t as old as some of the other Olympians on this list. That’s because this young lady is officially the youngest professional skateboarder in the world – and the youngest competitor selected to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020. All eyes will be on this 13-year-old, and her staggering net worth.

Yes, Sky is barely a teenager and she’s already racked up a net worth of $1 million thanks to brand partnerships. Alongside working with Skateistan and Almost Skateboards, Sky also landed herself an impressive sponsorship with Nike – which made her the youngest Nike-sponsored athlete in the world. There are big things for Sky on the horizon, that’s for sure.