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Tiger Woods still world's highest paid athlete

By Leo Reyes     Jul 22, 2010 in Sports
Golfer Tiger Woods has retained the top spot in the 2010 list of highest paid athletes. Woods brought home $90.5 million (USD) last year despite the controversy around his affair and being dropped by sponsors.
Woods has been in the No. 1 highest-paid athlete spot for seven consecutive years.
Wood's 2009 earnings were down 40 percent from his $127.9 million income in 2008, but he still managed to remain on top of Sports Illustrated's list of the top 50 highest earning athletes for 2010.
Woods' brought home $20.5 million in earnings last year, combined with $70 million in endorsements from sponsors like Nike and Electronic Arts. Woods' endorsement earnings fell $22 million from last year's list.
Another popular golfer, Phil Mickelson, came a distant second in the list with $61.7 million in earnings.
Four players from the National Basketball Association (NBA) also made the list; Lebron James was the highest earner. Also, the undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. placed third on the list with $60 million in income.
Tiger Woods' personal life took center stage in November 2009 after it was revealed he was cheating on his wife.
The popular golfer was reported to have had extra-marital affairs with at least 12 different women, including a night club hostess and a porn star.
On his website, Woods reportedly admitted having indulged in the alleged elicit relationships with different women and asked for forgiveness and understanding for the sake of his wife and children.
In the meantime, Woods and wife Elin were reportedly on the verge of ending their six-year marriage.
According to Elin's unnamed friend quoted in The Sun, the six-year marriage will officially end soon and his wife Elin may walk away with as much as $750 million in settlement money. Elin's friend told The Sun, "Everything's signed. Elin is ready to file for divorce at Orlando County Court. She expects to in the next seven days.
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