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Australia’s highest paid sports stars revealed

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Australia’s 50 highest paid athletes have been revealed, with NBA basketballer Andrew Bogut topping the list after earning $16 million in 2014 alone.

Cricketers, golfers and basketballers dominated the BRW Top 50 Sports Earners list for 2014, with Adelaide-born golfer Adam Scott placing second at $15.5 million.

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Aged just 19, NBA rookie Dante Exum placed ninth with a contract worth $4.34 million, while Socceroos star Tim Cahill placed fifth at $5.5 million, mostly wages from the New York Red Bulls.

Cricket all-rounder Shane Watson beat skipper Michael Clarke as Australia’s highest paid cricketer, earning $4.5 million compared to Clarke’s $4 million.

Surfing world champion Stephanie Gilmore ($1.75 million) and golfer Karrie Webb ($1.28 million) were the only women to make the list.

Young tennis star Nick Kyrgios was listed by BRW as one to watch in 2015 after his quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open.

Gold Coast Suns player Gary Ablett was the only AFL footballer to make the top 50, taking home $1.5 million in 2014.

Wallaby star Israel Folau was the only Rugby Union player in the list, also earning $1.5 million.

Top 50 earners

1. Andrew Bogut – $16.2 million (basketballer)

In second year with NBA team Golden State Warriors

2. Adam Scott – $15.5 million (golfer)

Won 2013 US Masters

3. Jason Day – $10.65 million (golfer)

Finished 10th on US PGA Tour

4. Marcos Ambrose – $5.68 million (Nascar driver)

Prize money won on US Nascar circuit

5. Tim Cahill – $5.5 million (soccer player)

Earnings from contract with New York Red Bulls

6. Grant Balfour – $5.18 million (baseballer)

Relief pitcher for Tampa Bay Rays

7. Patrick Mills – $4.61 million (basketballer)

Contract with NBA champion with San Antonio Spurs

8. Shane Watson – $4.5 million (cricketer)

Australia’s highest-paid cricketer

9. Dante Exum – $4.34 million (basketballer)

Rookie contract with NBA team Utah Jazz

10. Mitchell Johnson – $4.1 million (cricketer)

Played for Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab

11. Michael Clarke – $4 million (cricketer)

Australian cricket captain with sponsorships with Spartan, BP and Hublot

12. David Warner – $3.8 million (cricketer)

Cricket star and brand ambassador for LG

13. John Senden – $3.43 million (golfer)

Vaslpar Champion on the US PGA Tour

14. Steve Smith – $3.1 million (cricketer)

Captained Australian Test team in Clarke’s absence

15. Marc Leishman – $3.07 million (golfer)

Finished in top 10 on US PGA Tour in 2014

16. Mile Jedinak – $3 million (soccer player)

Captain of English Premier League club Crystal Palace

17. Brett Holman – $3 million (soccer player)

Contract with El Nasr in United Arab Emirates league

18. James Faulkner – $2.8 million (cricketer)

Contract with for Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League

19. Mick Fanning – $2.7 million (surfer)

Earnings from Reef Bottle Opener Sandals

20. Aron Baynes – $2.7 million (basketballer)

Plays for NBA club San Antonio Spurs

The rest…

21 Daniel Ricciardo $2.6 million (F1 driver)

22 Ryan McGowan $2.5 million (soccer player)

23 Cadel Evans $2.5 million (cyclist)

24 Brad Haddin $2.5 million (cricketer)

25 Glenn Maxwell $2.4 million (cricketer)

26 Matt Jones $2.31 million (golfer)

27 Mitchell Starc $2.2 million (cricketer)

28 Geoff Ogilvy $2.17 million (golfer)

29 Steven Bowditch $2.08 million (golfer)

30 Julian Wilson $2 million (surfer)

31 Mark Bresciano $2 million (soccer player)

32 Mark Webber $2 million (racing driver)

33 Craig Lowndes $2m (V8 Supercars driver)

34 Joel Parkinson $1.8 million (surfer)

35 James Courtney $1.8 milion (V8 Supercars driver)

36 George Bailey $1.8 million (cricketer)

37 Aaron Finch $1.8 million (cricketer)

38 Stuart Appleby $1.77 million (golfer)

39 Stephanie Gilmore $1.75 million (surfer)

40 Jamie Whincup $1.6 million (V8 Supercar driver) 

41 Taj Burrow $1.5 million (surfer)

42 Josh Kerr $1.5 million (surfer)

43 Israel Folau $1.5 million (rugby union player)

44 Will Power $1.5 million (IndyCar driver)

45 Brett Lee $1.5 million (cricketer)

46 Alex Leapai $1.5 million (boxer)

47 Gary Ablett $1.5 million (Australian rules football player)

48 Zac Purton $1.4 million (jockey based in hong Kong)

49 Michael Hussey $1.4 million (cricketer)

50 Karrie Webb $1.28 million (golfer) 

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