MMA superstar Conor McGregor hit the top spot on Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list, grossing $180 million in 2020. The outrageous salary doesn’t just come from his paid fights but also smart investments and powerful sponsorships.
Conor landed a $22 million paycheck for his UFC 257 fight with Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier. Poirier landed a wicked knockout, but Conor still seemed to come out on top. His paychecks from the ring only accounted for a fraction of his total salary, with the largest sum coming from his stake in Proper 12 Irish Whiskey.
Conor McGregor sold a majority stake in the whiskey company for a lump sum of $158 million, a record-high payday for an athlete still competing. Only two other athletes in history have topped his out-of-the-ring salary: Roger Federer and Tiger Woods.
This is Conor’s first time taking the top spot on the Forbes list, with a grand total of $180 million. Though it was his debut year as No. 1, Conor is a veteran of the list. In 2018, Conor earned a whopping $99 million for fighting the devastating Floyd Mayweather – who was ranked No. 1 after his mega-paycheck from that same fight.
Conor fulfilled his 2016 promise to the then highest-paid athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo. Since his humble beginnings, the brash MMA fighter has punched his way to a large wad of cash.
After 2020, Conor McGregor’s financial prospects are endless. But how much swim-worthy dough does Conor McGregor even have?
The net worth of the Irish lightweight is estimated to be around $300 million, which is chump change to big wigs like Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, that net worth might soon flourish with talks of Conor buying a soccer team.
The soccer franchise investment would bring Manchester United to the fighter. “Hey guys, I’m thinking about buying Manchester United!” Conor wrote on Twitter. “What do you think?”
Plenty of fans expressed excitement at the prospect of the UFC fighter’s ownership in the soccer club. Though he wouldn’t have enough to completely own it, Conor will be able to shove lots of money their way to get a large, juicy stake.
The plan is up in the air, as Conor McGregor took to Twitter to express another option. He’s leaning toward buying Celtic first, acquiring shares from Dermot Desmond. Conor hasn’t yet made up his mind on where his insane fortune is going to go, however, he has admitted that he is “certainly interest in acquiring a sports team at some stage!”
For now Conor will have to make do with his recent title, basking in the glory of being the highest-paid athlete. Making it big in 2020 was no easy task, but Conor McGregor pulled it off.