With $17 million in salary from Ducati and $13 million in endorsements, Forbes Magazine estimates Valentino Rossi’s total annual income at $30 million dollars. According to Forbes, this makes Rossi the 20th highest earning athlete in the world, and far and away the best compensated motorcycle racer (Casey Stoner, for instance, is thought to make roughly 1/3 as much). You could argue that Rossi is no longer worth this much given his relatively dismal race results since switching to Ducati last year, but he is certainly the most famous, if not the most well liked, motorsports athlete in Europe.
- June 20, 2012
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