Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are fabulously wealthy. We already knew this. They have made a combined $80 million on the course worldwide in their still-young careers and many millions more than that off the course. Forbes recently put their wealth into context, though, and it was pretty startling.
The Forbes top earners at age 30 or under came out recently, and Spieth and McIlroy were both on it.
McIlroy (27), who has deals with Omega, Nike and Bose, made $42.5 million last year, according to the Forbes report. He came in at No. 14 on the list. Spieth (23), who has deals with Rolex, Titleist and AT&T, made $53 million in the last year. He tied for 10th.
The cutoff was June so McIlroy's FedEx Cup bonus from this year ($10 million) was not included but Spieth's from last year was.
Both stars beat out rapper Drake ($38 million a year) in the athlete-celebrity report and Spieth beat actress Jennifer Lawrence ($46 million) and was tied with Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton at $53 million. Stunning numbers all the way around, although both have a long way to go to catch Taylor Swift who was No. 1 on the list with $170 million.
McIlroy's pal Niall Horan (who was at the Ryder Cup) was part of the group (One Direction) that finished a distant second behind Swift.
It's going to be intriguing to see if either Spieth or McIlroy can catch the man who made all of this possible, Tiger Woods. Big Cat looked a few years ago as if he was well on his way to $2 billion, although those plans may have been derailed in recent years by three back surgeries.