Mark Webber may have missed out on winning the Formula One title but his breakthrough season catapulted him to the top of Australia’s sporting rich list.
Fourth last year, Webber finished ahead of basketballer Andrew Bogut to become the new top earner, raking in $13.4 million during 2010.
Golfer Greg Norman has been dumped from the annual BRW magazine list of Australia’s top sports earners after 15 years at the top. While 55-year-old Norman would probably still top the list, BRW Rich List editors have made a decision that the earnings should be related to on-going sports performance not business-based.
Tennis star Samantha Stosur, who made it to the French Open final and finished the year ranked sixth in the world, is the only woman inside the top 50.
The list: 1. Mark Webber (motorsport) $13.4 million; 2. Andrew Bogut (basketball) $12.6 million; 3. Chad Reed (motorsport) $7.5 million; 4. Casey Stoner (motorsport) $6.8 million; 5. Tim Cahill (soccer) $4.2 million; 6. Marcos Ambrose (motorsport) $4.2 million; 7. Adam Scott (golf) $4.1 million; 8. Ricky Ponting (cricket) $3.9 million; 9. Robert Allenby (golf) $3.6 million; 10. Harry Kewell (soccer) $3.5 million