LeBron James makes a lot of money. In fact, some called for him to take a pay cut so the LA Lakers could afford a deeper bench. All of those dollars added up and now LeBron has landed on top of Forbes’ list for the 8th year in a row.

Forbes broke out a new list of top earning athletes, and LeBron James was on top of the heap once again. King James is set to decimate his own record by bringing in $111.2 million in a 12-month period. That represents more than a 15% increase from the pervious year.

James’ $41.2 million salary helped bring that number up in a big way. Other ventures like Space Jam: A New Legacy and his Nike deal only added to that monstrous number. His Nike deal is worth $32 million on its own.

LeBron also made some nice coin off of Fortnite as they made him a skin for the game. His earnings in the last twelve months puts him as the 10th active athlete to surpass $100 million in a year. He now joins other ridiculous earners like Lionel Messi, Floyd Mayweather and Roger Federer.


King James’ buddy Steph Curry is runner-up on the list. His $92.8 million marks the NBA’s highest salary. He also has several other revenue streams such as an Under Armour sponsorship and an endorsement hocking cryptocurrency.

In case you’re wondering, Kevin Durant pulled down the third spot with $87.9 million. This is after his recent contract extension. KD’s firm, Thirty-Five Ventures, also has investments in 80 companies.

The NBA is full of huge bank accounts, but it’s always hard to top LeBron James.

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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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