Tiger Woods net worth – 500 Million bucks!
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, a professional golf player, is probably the all time greatest, most accolades winning athlete in his field. For several years the journal Forbes ranked him among the highest paid athletes in the world. It is not surprising that today Tiger Woods net worth is already over $500 million.
Tiger started his professional career in 1996. By June 1997 he has already reached number one position in the world rankings. After this amazing entrance, Woods stayed a major player in golf all through the 2000s. According to Forbes, his annual earnings in 2001 were around $69 million, steadily growing to reach $100 million at 2006. For the next three years his annual revenues stayed above this point. However, in 2009 he had to leave professional golf due to the serious problems in his personal life.
After a number of women went public telling about their love affairs with Tiger, he had to leave sports to focus on his marriage. Unfortunately, it did not help and the couple got the divorce in 2010. The same year Woods returned to the golf field and after a short drop down soon regained his form. As for January 2013 he was ranked No. 2 in the world.
Not surprisingly, Tiger earned his first million form winning tournaments. It is estimated that since 1996, the beginning of his career, Tiger has earned over $90 million from 239 PGA stars. But that is not where the biggest bulk of Tiger Woods net worth actually comes from. Like most of the world famous sport stars Tiger earns millions of dollars through various endorsements. Already back in the days when he entered professional sports Woods signed agreements with Titleist and Nike, together worth around $60 million. Since then the number of his corporate agreements has grown at the speed of light and so did Tiger Woods net worth.
Probably the most profitable of such agreements was signed with Gatorade enterprise. The contract which included the development of a special drink for the golf player called “Gatorade Tiger” was worth $100 million. Woods earned another $20 million for Gillette endorsement. During his career Tiger’s sponsors have included Rolex, Asahi Golf Digest American Express, Gillette, Accenture, AT&T, Tag Heuer, EA Sports, NetJets, , General Mills, Upper Deck, Laser Eye Centers and Buick TLC. Together all deals annually bring Tiger a revenue of more than $100 million. With such a success it will not be long before Tiger Woods net worth will reach $1 billion, making him the first billionaire athlete ever.