Jamaica's World Record holder, athlete Usain St Leo Bolt has again ranked in Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes. The magazine reported that His US$20.3 million earnings leaves him in the number 63 position, and again makes him the only track and field athlete among the 100 list of sports personalities. The list accounts earnings between June 2011 and June 2012.
Bolt is believed to command in the region of US$300,000 in appearance fees per track meet. The bulk of the athlete's earnings come from his numerous commercial deals, with Forbes accrediting US$20 million of his US$20.3 million income to endorsement arrangements with companies such as Puma, Hublot and Gatorade.
Bolt's contract with Puma is his largest to date and is estimated to be around US$10 million, making it one of the largest shoe-company contracts in the world. Bolt also recently sealed a contract with Japanese automakers Nissan adding to his still growing list of partnerships, agreeing to feature in the company's global campaign to promote their 2012 Nissan GT-R.
He now sits ahead of other popular sporting stars such as Chelsea's Fernando Torres (68th - US$19.6m) & John Terry (88th - US$17.5m), cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar (78th - US$18.6m), and LA Lakers forward Pau Gasol (95th - US$17.2m). Controversial boxing star, Floyd Mayweather, tops the list after raking in US$85 million (J$7.8 billion) to unseat another controversial figure, golfer Tiger Woods, who had been the top moneymaker since 2001.