Conor Mcgregor is a name that doesn’t need an introduction. An absolute beast. A fighter with fire in his eyes and veins of steel. A nightmare for anyone who enters with him in the UFC ring. But, hold on. This article is not about McGregor’s capabilities; it is about him being the highest-paid athlete in the world last year! Yes, you read it right. McGregor earned more than Ronaldo, Messi, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and Lebron James. And the best part, his salary accounted for only 12% of his total worth. Out of the total income of $180 million, only $22 million came from professional fights. The rest came from business and endorsements.
Interestingly, in the year he achieved the feat of being the wealthiest athlete, Conor Mcgregor stepped into the fighting ring only once. He fought against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi. Conor McGregor lost the only fight he participated in in 2021 and still made $22 million. Talk about standard. But the booze, not the fighting, has taken him to the top of the list. In 2021, McGregor sold his majority stake in Whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to American drinks company named Proximo Spirits for $600 million. Along with his co-founders Ken Austin and Audie Attar, he received around $150 million in the bank.
Forbes has given us a deep insight into how Conor McGregor’s ecstatic business mind earned him the most in a calendar year. McGregor, in 2021, endorsed a lot of products. He signed new deals with the DraftKings and video game Dystopia: Contest of Heroes. The UFC superstar extended his endorsements towards the lifestyle brand Roots of Fight. His existing sales, including Monster Energy, continued yielding him monetary benefits. All in all, Conor McGregor earned $158 million from his businesses and endorsements.
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