Golfer Greg Norman has topped the list of Australian sport’s highest earners for the fourth straight year, according to Australian magazine Business Review Weekly.
Norman, a former world number one who has not won a major tournament since 1993, earned an estimated A$47.8 million (US$26.3 million) for 2000, more than half of which came from endorsement contracts.
His pay cheque dwarfed that of second-placed New York Knicks basketballer Luc Longley on A$11.4 million.
Longley, like Norman, made his mark on the lucrative U.S. sports market during a long tenure with the Chicago Bulls.
Tennis player Lleyton Hewitt has moved up from 44th to 11th, earning A$3.6 million in 2000.
World number one women’s golfer Karrie Webb was the highest-ranked female, coming in at number eight on the overall list with A$5.5 million.
Webb was well ahead of Sydney Olympics 400 metres gold medallist and opening ceremony star Cathy Freeman, who was in 29th place with A$1.2 million.
Swimmer Ian Thorpe, a triple gold medallist at the Sydney Olympics at age 17, made his first appearance on the list at number 22 with estimated earnings of A$1.2 million.
The highest-ranked cricketer was Australia’s leading test wicket-taker Shane Warne, alongside Thorpe.
Thirteen of the 50 athletes listed by the magazine are golfers, while 11 soccer players made the list.