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Beckham trails in sport rich list

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David Beckham has had to settle for second place in the Sunday Times sport rich list.

Despite boasting an estimated worth of £125 million, Beckham trails behind Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan - who qualifies as a former Blackburn Rovers player.

Third place goes to another unlikely figure. Former racing driver Johnny Dumfries is worth an estimated £110m, though virtually none of his vast wealth comes from his sporting endeavours - he is the 7th Marquess of Bute, Earl of Dumfries and a Scottish Peer.

Formula One drivers Eddie Irvine, Jody Scheckter, David Coulthard, Nigel Mansell and Jenson Button all feature in the top 10.

With his wealth estimated at £43m, Button also tops the young sport rich list, for sports stars aged 30 or under.

Lewis Hamilton also makes it into the top five, with an estimated wealth of £35m despite the former world champion only being 25-years-old.

Manchester United duo Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney come in at second and fourth respectively while Chelsea's John Terry, Joe Cole, Petr Cech and Michael Essien also make it into the top 10.

Two Grand Slam final appearances have helped world number five Andy Murray amass a wealth of £15m by the age of 22 and earn him a place at sixth on the list.

And rounding out the list is NBA star Luol Deng, who has collected a cool £13m in his six-year stint at the Chicago Bulls.


1 Dave Whelan (Football) £190m

2 David Beckham (Football) £125m

3 Johnny Dumfries (Motor racing) £110m

4 Lennox Lewis (Boxing) £95m

5 Eddie Irvine (Motor racing) £80m

6 Jody Scheckter (Motor racing) £60m

7 Dave Richards (Motor racing) £58m

8= David Coulthard (Motor racing) £50m

8= Nigel Mansell (Motor racing) £50m

10 Jenson Button (Motor racing) £43m

YOUNG SPORT RICH LIST TOP 10 - Aged 30 and under

1 Jenson Button (Motor racing) £43m

2 Michael Owen (Football) £40m

3 Lewis Hamilton (Motor racing) £35m

4 Wayne Rooney (Football) £33m

5 John Terry (Football) £20m

6 Andy Murray (Tennis) £15m

7 Joe Cole (Football) £14m

8= Petr Cech Football £13m

8= Luol Deng Basketball £13m

8= Michael Essien Football £13m

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