Not many of us know that the Olympic games have a rich and old history dating back to the 8th century BC. The event is considered one of the most important platforms to showcase your talent in different sports ranging from summer sports archery, hockey and volleyball to winter sports including curling and ice skating. These Olympic games include a wide range of games where athletes from all around the world participate. The athletes who compete in these games practice for years before actually participating in the main event. The champion athletes enjoy years of fame after their tireless efforts and practices which leads them to a turnover in their lives. These champions also become an inspiration for the athletes in training and are considered as heroes of their respective sports. The success not only brings fame but a lot of money as well. Many Olympic champions have turned their lives around after earning a fortune since their winning and their net worth has sky-rocketed. Keeping in mind the fortune they have earned, it will be feasible to say that they can now own mansions! Yes, you read that right. These athletes are now millionaires and are capable of earning the beautiful mansions that also cost millions of dollars. Below is the list of some female and male athletes who had their lives turned around by winning the championships in their respective sports and can now own beautiful mansions.
20 Serena Williams
Serena Williams is regarded as the greatest female tennis player of all times. This professional American player holds a prominent name in sports. She has maintained her record by winning staying No. 1 from 2002 till 2017. Serena has bagged a whopping four Olympic gold medals, one in women's singles and three in women's doubles. Her net worth is estimated to be $150 million! Now that is huge! It makes us wonder how many mansions she can afford with such a fortune. The current house Serena lives in is said to be worth $6.7 million, located in the famous Beverly Hills and is already a huge house with 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Serena with her fiancé Alexis Ohanian recently sold their Bel-Air house for $12 million before making a deal in Beverly Hills. With the net worth that Serena holds, she can easily afford any expensive mansion in Beverly Hills that is reported to be from $10 million to $32 million.
19 Venus Williams
Sister of Serena Williams, Venus is a shining star just like her sister. Also a professional American tennis player, Venus was ranked No. 8 in the singles rankings by the Women Tennis Association. Venus has also bagged a total of five Olympic medals that comprise of four gold medals in singles and women’s doubles and silver in mixed doubles. Venus is the only star player that has won a medal at four separate Olympic Games. She has also started her own clothing line and has signed deals with brands like Kraft and Wilson. Her net worth is a total of $75 million! She currently lives in Florida where her house is said to be $ 4.5 million dollars. Her current house consists of a house office, jacuzzi, sauna and a big swimming pool. With this fortune, Venus can afford a mansion in Florida with an amazing view of the beach worth $ 32 million.
18 Saina Nehwal
This 27-year-old professional table tennis Olympic Champion belongs to India. During her career, she has won 23 international titles and it was later in 2012 that she won a bronze medal in her second appearance. Many people in India give credit to Saina for the popularity of table tennis in India and she is also considered a hero in her home country. She was also awarded the third highest civil national award by the government of India in 2016. Indian cinema, famously known as Bollywood, is famous for making blockbuster movies and recently a biopic on Saina Nehwal was announced. Her net worth is a total of $24 million. Saina lives in her native town in India called Hyderabad where she purchased a luxury home in 2015 worth $ 736,000. With the fortune she has earned Saina can easily afford a mansion in Hyderabad worth $2 million.
17 Caroline Wozniacki
Wozniacki is a famous Danish professional tennis player. She is currently the world’s number 1 on the tour of WTA. Wozniacki is the first female from a Scandinavian state who held this top ranking and esteemed position by finishing on top of the rankings in both 2010 and 2011. She won the series against Venus Williams at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Her net worth is $20 million and she currently lives in her huge house in Monte Carlo, worth $10 million. Given her rising fame and historic wins that won her a fortune, Caroline also stands on the list of the champions who can afford these luxurious mansions. Her current house is said to have huge swimming pools and saunas. She also owns luxury apartments in Florida that has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a penthouse with remarkable oceanic sights.
16 Agnieszka Radwanska
The Polish tennis player earned her $17.5 million fortune with 2 Women Tennis Association. She was also voted one of the favorites by the WTA fans in single player’s category from 2011 till 2016. According to Forbes, she was the ninth highest-earning female athlete in the world till 2012. Her current ranking in the world is 33rd but she rose to fame with her first WTA title breakthrough. Her net worth is $14.7 million which stands her in the category of people who can afford different luxuries in life including mansions. Details of her current residency are not public but with a fortune like this, she can easily afford a mansion in Krakow, which is her homeland. Mansions and luxurious homes in Krakow are worth around $12 million. A little fun fact, Radwanska’s love for Cheesecake Factory made her the restaurant’s first sports ambassador in 2014 and she wears the brand’s logo during all her matches.
15 Jelena Jankovic
Jelena Jankovic belongs to Serbia and was the well-known rival of the famed Serena William. She has earned a huge amount of money from playing tennis making her one of the most popular and well known professional athletes out there. She was no stranger to victory during her career; she won her first math in 2001 at the Australian Open which landed her the first position in the match. She has also won the 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles and was ranked the top 15 tennis player ever. She was coached by the former top 15 tennis player Andrei Pavel. With an estimated worth of $15 million, you can be sure that she is capable of owning all the good things in life that everyone so dearly desires.
14 Ana Ivanovic
The Serbian tennis player was one of the best players of her time and she came from serious humble beginnings. She was interested in sports, particularly tennis, from a very young age and belonging from Serbia at that time was not very safe. In 1999, she would train in the morning just because NATO would bombing because of the civil war going on in Serbia. She would use empty swimming pools to train and improve her skills as a tennis player. After training rigorously and becoming a professional, she competed in the Wimbledon Championships of 2013 where she defeated France’s Virginie Razzano in the first round but losing the second round to Eugenie Bouchard. She was later nominated for various awards and sponsorships from various reputable brands making her a lot of money. She has an estimated worth of $15 million allowing her to live out the rest of her life in a cozy luxury mansion.
13 Garbine Muguruza
The 22-year-old Spanish tennis player started to play professionally in 2012 and Garbine Muguruza is currently the talk of all the corporate sponsors because she defeated Serena Williams in the French Open Finals. You know when a reigning champion is defeated the winner gets to wear the crown afterward and sponsors love that because it is a fresh face to advertise their ads on. Due to the sudden burst of fame for Garbina, she became extremely wealthy. With a net worth of $12 million, she is currently the 14th most marketable professional player in the world. Meaning that most of the companies want to pay her money for advertising their stuff. Imagine the things you could do with $12 million, a luxurious, jaw-dropping beautiful mansion is one of the things you could own with that amount of money. Good for you Garbine.
12 Inbee Park
If you have ever seen someone play golf, you know that it gets boring because there isn’t anything special going on during the game. However, the amount of money people earn if you are a good player is just astonishing. Take Inbee Park, for example, she is a South Korean professional golf player with an astonishing net worth of $9 million. She started playing golf at the age of 10 and later moved to the USA to become a professional golf player. She has won the American Junior Golf Association circuit 9 times and the Rolex Junior All-American 5 times. The endorsements and sponsorships from these events are the reason why Inbee Park became so rich. With $9 million, you can buy anything you like.
11 Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard is a professional tennis player from Canada, who was raised to stardom after hitting it big during her career. As a young kid, she was extremely interested in playing tennis and she reportedly started playing from age 5. To be the best tennis player out there, she wanted to train professionally so she became the member of the Tennis Canada’s National Training Center. Bouchard competed as a baseliner and was the first Canadian to compete against Petra Kvitova in 2014. She has an estimated worth of $7 million because some of the most popular brands gave her sponsorships, such as Nike and Coca-Cola. With a net worth like this anyone can live their lives in luxury and privilege.
10 Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is considered to be the most competitive and decorated Olympian of all time which is partly due to the number of wins he has brought back to his home country. Michael Phelps is the best swimmer out there and because of this he was given the nickname “The Flying Fish”. With a total of 22 gold medals under his belt, he has also made some serious bank during his career. If you start to add up the worth of the 22 gold medals that alone earned him $550,000 since each gold medal is worth nearly $25,000. There are reports that Phelps has an estimated worth of nearly $55 million which are mostly from endorsements, sponsorships. If you don’t consider the taxes and the expenses, he would have $95 million to his name, which is insane. With the amount of money Phelps currently has, you can be sure he lives like a king.
9 Lee Chong Wei
Lee Chong Wei is one of the greatest badminton players out there. You might be thinking to yourself that why would we include an athlete that plays badminton. Well, you would be surprised to realize that badminton is the second most popular sport in the world and even more surprising is that it is second to football. Lee Chong Wei was ranked the best badminton player in the world for nearly 4 years in his career which earned him some serious amount of cash. He is reportedly worth $45 million which is enough money to live in a kickass mansion for the rest of your life. With such a huge fortune, Lee was also the highest paid athlete in Asia and his skills are no joke. He can be considered the Bruce Lee of badminton.
8 Pau Gasol
If you love basketball, then you surely know who this guy is. Pau is originally from Spain and has been playing professionally since 2001 in the NBA. He was awarded the All-Star award a total of 4 times and he is also renowned for the most influential wins of Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010. He has an estimated worth of nearly $57 million just because of the 3-year contract that was signed by Gasol. He is also the writer of a book called the “Life - Vida”. He released the book with the photographer Lori Shepler that encompasses his career and his life in a series of photos with captions on them. Pau is also the recipient of the NBA Rookie of the Year award which has never been given to any non-American. With a net worth $57 million you can nearly buy anything that your heart desires and that includes a mansion that would make you stop and just appreciate it from afar.
7 Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who earned a big name in his respective field by ranking No. 14th by Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He maintained the record of being the No. 1 player till 2011. Like other champions, Novak is said to be a man who leads a simple lifestyle. He invested his money by purchasing a two-bedroom apartment in Monte Carlo that is considered one of the most expensive real-estate markets in the world. Novak has played against famous other tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray. He is also the sole player who won a whopping $100 million for a prize match. Now that’s some big money. His net worth is $ 160 million which can surely buy him not one, but a lot of mansions and other desires. He also has business contracts with famous brands like Uniqlo, Head, and Adidas.
6 Rafael Nadal
This is a name that many people are aware of. The professional Spanish table tennis player, Rafael Nadal was given the name of, ‘King of Clay’ because he was considered to be the greatest clay-court player in the history. With a net worth of $ 120 million, Nadal also proved himself to be a great person by using this wealth in establishing the Rafa Nadal Foundation to help socially-disadvantaged youngsters who run the risk of exclusion by society. He, currently, lives in a house worth $2 million but with this great fortune, he can surely afford a mansion. Nadal is also known for his sponsorship with the famous brand Nike, Kia and Tommy Hilfiger. He was also stated as one of the highest-earning athletes by Forbes in 2017.
5 Carmelo Anthony
The US-born professional basketball player won a bronze medal in 2004 Summer Olympics and three gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. Now that is an achievement! Carmelo is an all-time scorer and a leader in the games that he has played. He has also signed different contracts worth millions with Knicks, Jordan Brand, Draft Kings, and Las Vegas Sands. His achievement in his field and endorsements with different brands made him earn a fortune with a net worth of $90 million. A person can do so much with such earnings which also includes owning not one but many mansions. With such money, Carmelo has always been active in charity work as well where he has helped the youth and children. A good person you are, Carmelo.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior commonly known as Neymar is a Brazilian professional football player. He is commonly notorious for being a spend-thrift as he is usually reported to be buying expensive cars and yachts. He earned his $75 million worth by playing for FC Barcelona & Brazilian National Squad. He also endorsed famous brands like Police Eyewear, Nike, Volkswagen, and Panasonic. He rose to fame by putting a great performance in FIFA Confederations Cup 2013. He remained the captain of his team in the Olympics where his team won a gold medal in men’s football. Brazilians consider Neymar to be one of the greatest players in the country and why shouldn’t they? He is great! With such earnings from matches and endorsements, he can definitely own a mansion. Though Neymar is not shy about using his wealth for things he likes.
3 DeMarcus Cousins
The seven feet tall DeMarcus is a professional American football player who plays for the NBA. Nicknamed as ‘Boogie’, DeMarcus net worth is $62 million which he earned by winning gold medal twice by being a member of the US national team in 2014 and 2016 for FIBA Basketball World Cup and Rio Olympics. DeMarcus is also known to be a person who loves collecting cars and he owns some of the best luxury cars in the world that include Porsche and Range Rover. He, overall, owns around 8 luxury cars that are worth $2 million. With a rich fortune like his, he is very much capable of buying a mansion. It is said that the net worth of DeMarcus is going to get higher with the passing years given his contribution to the field of football.
2 Kevin Durant
Kevin Wayne Durant, a professional basketball player from the United States, plays for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since his early years from the very onset, Durant was popularly believed to be a master-class act, being regarded as the best player of his school and college tenures. Durant competes in the list of worlds’ highest-earning basketball players, courtesy somewhat to the sponsorship deals with firms like Nike and Foot Locker. The player also holds quite a good reputation in terms of an individual who loves a philanthropist job besides his professional excellence. He has an estimated net worth of 130 million US dollars with Basketball considered as his sole source of income in one form or the other. He is known to have an annual salary amounting to 2.06 million dollars which can undoubtedly get him any mansion he wants.
1 Andy Murray
Andy Murray, also referred to as Sir Andrew Barren Murray is a British professional tennis player of Scottish origin. While representing Britain in his sporting career, Murray holds the honor of three Grand Slam titles besides winning the Olympic titles. As of May 2017, Murray’s net worth was estimated to be around $107 million. The year 2016 merely earned him a gross income of $15 million as a reward amount for different victories. In January 2017, he earned $1.3 million through Australian Open where he stood second in the Championship. The Wimbledon Championship earned him almost $2.7 million in the preceding year. The other contributing factors to his healthy sums are the various sponsorships he has signed with certain companies such as Under Armour, Standard Life, Jaguar etc. He is also believed to have bought real estates through which he has been able to generate hefty profits so getting a mansion would not be a problem.