The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Professional athletes life is short. Going to "retire", famous athletes is rapidly disappearing from the public eye and orbit, as a rule, sharply lose in income, based on the cash cushion that has accumulated over the years of career. But there are exceptions.

In the latest ranking of Forbes - 10 athletes, who managed to convert his athletic fame into a successful business project. They represent four of the sport and the four states. Taken together, the most highly paid athletes who have completed a career, earned in 2013, $ 306 million, lower bar to enter the rating was the sum of $ 15 million. The assessment includes their current income at the main place of work, advertising contracts, payments for participation in entertainment events and their own business veterans.

1. Michael Jordan

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

The income in 2013: $ 90 million

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Year career completion: 2003

Age: 51

Incredibly high incomes legendary №23 - primarily the result of the phenomenal popularity of the line of sneakers and sports apparel Nike - Jordan Brand. Revenues brand is valued at $ 2 billion a year, and Jordan gets from this sum payments deserved. Each pair of shoes, every sweatshirt and shorts Jordan Brand, purchased by customers all over the world fill up a bank account NBA stars of the 1990s. In addition, Jordan has contracts with companies, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck and Five Star Fragrances. Recently, a pool of his sponsors also joined the 2K Sports and Novant Health. Ex-basketball player owns 80% stake in Charlotte Bobcats of the club, who last season for the first time made a profit after five years of loss-making activities.

2. Arnold Palmer

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

The income in 2013: $ 40 million

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Year career completion: 2006

Age: 84

Legendary golfer won the last of his 62 victories in the framework of PGA-tour in 1973. However, the peak of the financial health of ex-athlete has reached exactly 40 years later - in 2013. Line drinks Arnold Palmer - a business volume of $ 200 million, which is about 25% of the total turnover AriZona Beverages manufacturer. Name Palmer - living brand in the Asian markets. Palmer veteran store network comprises 400 sales outlets in the region and sells clothing and leather goods.

3. David Beckham

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

The income in 2013: $ 37 million

Sport: Football

Country: United Kingdom

Year career completion: 2013

Age: 38Camy demanded by advertisers all around the world footballer hang up his boots just last season. However, Beckham's career densely laid out in the next decade. He has a long-term promotional deal with Coty and H & M. In recent years, the ex-athlete has been particularly in demand in Asia: the agreement concluded with him and Sands China Auto Rental, as well as a former player, became an honorary ambassador of the Chinese Super League. Beckham is engaged and own business projects. The plans for it - creating a professional football club in Miami. Beckham himself is ready to invest in this initiative $ 25 million, another $ 75 million it hopes to raise at the expense of investors.

4. Jack Nicklaus

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 30 million

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Year career completion: 2005

Age: 74

18-time winner of the tournament Majors series, Nicklaus still 45 years ago started his own architectural Nicklaus Design Bureau. Since then, the company has designed about 400 buildings in 36 countries, with the vast majority of former golfer was personally involved in the work. Today, the portfolio at the Nicklaus Design - 55 projects, most of the - in Asia.

5. Magic Johnson

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 22 million

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Year career completion: 1996

Age: 54

The five-time NBA champion, according to analysts, has earned more than $ 100 million in 2010 from the sale of a network of 105 franchised coffee shops Starbucks and share in the Los Angeles Lakers. Today, the legendary basketball player earns a share participation in clubs Los Angeles Dodgers and the women's Los Angeles Sparks. Also Johnson business empire includes stakes in insurance and healthcare companies and retailers.

6. Shaquille O'Neal

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 20 million

Sport: Basketball

Country: USA

Graduation year career: 2011

Age: 41

One of the best center in the history of the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal holds successful companies in social media. On his "Twitter" signed by 8000000 people, among American athletes more than just a basketball player LeBron James. Among the regular advertising partners Shakila - drugmaker IcyHot, automaker Buick and manufacturer of headphones Monster. He also collaborates with the retail chain Macy's, Zales jewelry companies and beverage manufacturer AriZona Beverage Co. In June last year launched the sale of AriZona Shaq Soda (Soda Shack), which was the successful conclusion of a new drink on the market in the company's history. Shaquille O'Neal participated in the creation of budget line Shaq / Dunkman shoes all over the world has already sold more than 100 million pairs.

7. Gary Player

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 19 million

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Graduation year career: 2009

Age: 78 years

Player, a member of the "big three golfers" (//www.thebigthree.com/), retired after all. His last game he played August 18, 2009. Golfer is still in good shape, do not hesitate to show - last year he posed nude for the project "Body Issue" magazine ESPN The Magazine (published artistic photographs of the bodies of athletes). On the business of golf instruction, in which there are 40 projects, with only two of them in the US player has an income of more than he earned golfer. Among its corporate sponsors - Callaway, Rolex and SAP.

8. Wayne Gretzky

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 17 million

Sport: Hockey

Country: Canada

Graduation year career: 1999

Age: 53 year

Great Gretzky is still the star of the marketing, especially in Canada. Among its permanent advertising partners - the banking group TD, Samsung, Breitling watches and tea Bigelow. Last year, they added a Canadian financial services company Fairfax Capital and sports manufacturer Upper Deck. Gretski wine business develops successfully, it will sell this year, according to forecasts, 65 000 boxes of wine. Revenues former hockey player supplemented by $ 8 million, which he received from the NHL as part of a belated compensation for his performance in the Phoenix Coyotes.

9. Greg Norman

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 16 million

Sport: Golf

Country: USA

Graduation year career: 2012

Age: 59 years

Norman stopped playing golf competitions in 2012, however, it is annually visited by Franklin Templeton Shootout tournament. Golfer nicknamed Shark won 91 professional tournament around the world, including 20 PGA TOUR tournaments in the United States. Now his business is in the field of wine-making, clothing, glasses, asset management, etc. The annual wine sales Greg Norman Estates -. 175 000 boxes. Among its advertising partners - Johnnie Walker, Omega, Sandals, Dow, Cobra Golf, Pacific Links and Club Car.

10. Pele

The most highly paid athletes who have completed a career

Revenue in 2013: $ 15 million

Sport: Football

Country: Brazil

Graduation year career: 1977

Age: 73

Pele is now especially in demand at home in connection with the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games 2016 to be held in Brazil. Despite the fact that the player has retired from professional sport for almost 40 years ago, this year he was recognized as the most influential celebrity in Brazil. Among its advertising partners - Procter & Gamble, Santander, Vivo, Volkswagen, Hublot, Carrefour, Subway and Emirates airline. He also starred in a biopic of the company Imagine Entertainment, which will be released in theaters in 2014.