Stephen Curry is one of the greatest and most successful athletes in the world. And he’s one of the most popular and beloved athletes in the world. The Golden State Warriors superstar has won two MVPs, been the face of an up-and-coming sneaker line, and is on the verge of his third championship.
And now, he’s paid like the mega, uber, super duper star that he is.
Earlier this week, Forbes magazine released their annual list of the 100-highest paid athletes in the world. Curry found himself near the top of the list, as the 8th-highest paid athlete over the last year, and the second-highest paid basketball player.
This is unfamiliar territory for Curry, as this was the first year of the maximum contract that he signed last offseason. Prior to that, he had been on a discounted deal from before his rise to fame. According to Forbes, Curry cashed in on $42 million worth of endorsements, to go along with his salary of $34.9 million, to put his yearly earnings at $76.9 million.
For reference, here’s the rest of the top 10:
- Floyd Mayweather, boxing ($285 million)
- Lionel Messi, soccer ($111 million)
- Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer ($108 million)
- Conor McGregor, MMA ($99 million)
- Neymar, soccer ($90 million)
- LeBron James, basketball ($85.5 million)
- Roger Federer, tennis ($77.2 million)
- Stephen Curry, basketball ($76.9 million)
- Matt Ryan, football ($67.3 million)
- Matthew Stafford, football ($59.5 million)
But Curry wasn’t the only Warrior on the list. Fellow MVP Kevin Durant made an appearance not long after, as he was the 11th-highest paid athlete, with $57.3 million ($25.3 million in salary, $32 million in endorsements).
Klay Thompson even made the list! Despite having a shoe deal with the relatively unheard of (in the states) Anta, Thompson pulled in $13 million in endorsements to go along with his salary of $18.1 million. The $31.3 million total was good for 44th.
With that said, I must link to some good reading from our sister site Swish Appeal, as they made the excellent (and sad) point that not a single woman appears on the list. Hopefully that changes next year.