NEW YORK (TIP): India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with earnings of $31.5 million, has been ranked at 16th place on Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes, which has been topped by golfer Tiger Woods. The magazine said 31-year-old Dhoni moved up 15 positions this year. In 2012, he was placed at 31st position.
The influential business magazine estimated that Dhoni made $31.5 million over the last year from prize money and endorsements. 37-year-old Woods made $78.1 million followed by tennis star Roger Federer at $71.5 million. Kobe Bryant, American professional basketball player, is third at $61.9 million.
Federer had topped the 2012 list. This year’s 100-strong list features just three women led by tennis ace Maria Sharapova, who ranks No 22 with earnings of $29 million. Sharapova is joined by No 68 Serena Williams, who raked in $20.5 million, including $8.5 million in prize money. While China’s Li Na ranks 85th overall with earnings of $18.2 million.