Rory McIlroy UK's Wealthiest Sports Star 30 Or Under

The 29-year-old comes out top in the Sunday Times Rich List 2018 for sports stars aged 30 or under

Rory McIlroy UK's Wealthiest Sports Star
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The 29-year-old comes out top in the Sunday Times Rich List 2018 for sports stars aged 30 or under

Rory McIlroy UK's Wealthiest Sports Star 30 Or Under

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy comfortably beat the likes of Andy Murray, Gareth Bale and Anthony Joshua to be named the UK's wealthiest sports star aged 30 or under for 2018 in the Sunday Times Rich List.

McIlroy raked in £28m in the past year to see his net worth reach £110m.

The 29-year-old has lucrative sponsorship deals with Nike, TaylorMade, Omega and EA Sports.

His deal with Nike was reported to be worth $20m per year for five years when he signed in 2013.

He signed an extension with the company last year, crucially for apparel and shoes only after they stepped out of the equipment market in 2016, for a reported $200m sum over 10 years.

McIlroy signed another lucrative contract in 2017 with TaylorMade to use their equipment. That was estimated to be worth $100m.

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His on-course earnings in a win-less 2017 were modest compared to the previous year where he won the Irish Open, Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship as well as the FedEx Cup which comes with a $10m bonus.

The Sunday Times Rich List for sports stars aged 30 or under includes 16 men and McIlroy is the only golfer.

It is made up of tennis star Andy Murray, unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and 13 footballers.

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Sunday Times Rich List Sports Stars 30 or Under 2018 - Top 5

1 - Rory McIlroy

2018 Wealth - £110m

Wealth increase - Up £28m

2 - Andy Murray (Tennis)

2018 Wealth - £83m

Wealth increase - Up £6m

3 - Gareth Bale (Football - Real Madrid)

2018 Wealth - £74m

Wealth increase - Up £20m

4 - Sergio Aguero (Football - Man City)

2018 Wealth - £48m

Wealth Increase - Up £8m

5 - Anthony Joshua (Boxing)

2018 Wealth - £35m

Wealth Increase - Up £20m

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x