How much money does Valentino Rossi make? It's too early to tell what he'll earn with Ducati in 2011, but thanks to Sports Illustrated's annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes, we know how much he made with Yamaha in 2010-and how that compares to the top players in other sports.
||Annual income (in millions of dollars) earned by professional golfer and amateur adulterer Tiger Woods, making him the world's highest-paid sportsman. Over his 14-year career, Tiger has amassed more than $1 billion in prize money, endorsements and appearance fees. Fellow duffer Phil Mickelson ranked third at $61.5 mil.
||Annual income of tennis player Roger Federer. Even if he wasn't Swiss, he'd need a Swiss bank account!
||Annual income of prize fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.. Pretty Boy's bout with Shane Mosley earned him $40 mil in purses and pay-per-view sales alone.
||Annual income of LeBron James, the highest-paid basketball player. Kobe Bryant led the L.A. Lakers to the NBA title but only ranked 15th at $33 mil.
||Annual income of retired basketball great Michael Jordan, thanks to near $1 billion in sales for Nike's Jordan Brand. Hard to hold that against him since he also backs an AMA Superbike team!
||Annual income of soccer poster boy David Beckham. Becks and his pop-star wife Victoria (a.k.a Posh Spice) bought a $20 million mansion in Beverly Hills when the Brit signed to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in '07.
||Annual income of nine-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, ranking him 13th between basketball centers Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming. Rossi earned $16 mil from Yamaha this year, the balance coming from licensing income, bonuses and endorsement deals with the likes of Monster energy drinks. Got a yellow #46 hat or T-shirt in your closet?
||Annual income of Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's highest-paid and most popular driver, ranking him 25th.
||Annual income of tennis star Maria Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete.
||Annual income of Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 auto racing's highest-paid driver. Former fellow F1 racer Kimi Räikkönen slipped from near the top of the list at $45 million in '09 to $23.5 mil this year. MotoGP pundits claim Kimi is keeping his Ferrari's seat warm until Vale retires from bike racing and moves to cars in 2013.