Do you ever wonder how much your favorite athete makes a year. Well Bloomberg’s Danielle Rossingh just put out a story about Lindsey Vonn and her earning power. Sadly, it isn’t as much as you would like to think such a popular U.S. athlete would make. Follow this link to read the full story.
Almost a year after winning the Olympic downhill at the Vancouver Winter Games, Vonn has become a household name in the U.S. She played a small role on NBC’s “Law & Order” television show, went to the White House correspondents’ dinner and posed as a Sharon Stone lookalike. Her annual endorsement income with companies such as Red Bull GmbH, Rolex Group, Procter & Gamble Co. and Under Armour Inc. doubled to about $6 million, according to analysts at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco.
That’s a bunny hill compared with the $24.5 million that Sharapova takes home each year in prize money and deals with Nike Inc., Tiffany & Co. and Groupe Danone SA’s Evian water brand. Both Vonn and Sharapova, a three-time major tennis champion from Russia, are represented by IMG.
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