#3. LeBron James (Basketball) Estimated Earnings: $77.2 million
LeBron James played an instrumental role in helping his team overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals against the favorites, Golden State Warriors, to win the 2016 NBA championship in Game 7. In doing so, he cemented his name in the upper echelons of the basketball world. Away from the court, the man can afford to purchase any amenities money can buy. He is heavily regarded as one of the most marketable athletes in the world and his billion dollar lifetime deal with Nike shows exactly how much they rate him. The Small forward earned $54 million from endorsements and made $23.2 in salary money in the past year.