Lewis Hamilton remains richest sportsman in Britain but Rory McIlroy enjoys lucrative year

LEWIS HAMILTON REMAINS the richest sportsman in Britain and has zoomed even further ahead of his competitors after a title-winning Formula 1 season.

The 30 year-old’s wealth has increased by £20m in the last twelve months and his tally is now an eye-watering £88m.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List has Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in second place – overtaking another F1 driver Jenson Button – with an estimated fortune of £72m, a £12m bump on his overall wealth last year.

Footballers dominate the top-ten with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs (now Manchester United’s assistant coach) all included while two managers – Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal – feature for the first time.

Rory McIlroy’s big year has ensured he’s made the top-ten. Source: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Only Hamilton and Rooney made more than Rory McIlroy in the last year. The golfer took home £10m thanks to victories in the Open Championship and the US PGA Championship.

One other golfer – Sir Nick Faldo – makes the cut too while basketball star Luol Deng, currently with NBA side Miami Heat, also features.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015

1. Lewis Hamilton (motor racing) – £88m (£68m in 2014)

2. Wayne Rooney (football) – £72m (60m in 2014)

3. Jenson Button (motor racing) – £71m (63m in 2014)

4. Andy Murray (tennis) – £48m (£40m in 2014)

5. Rio Ferdinand (football) – £44m (£44m in 2014)

6. Steven Gerrard (football) – £42m (£37m in 2014)

7. Luol Deng (basketball) – £40m (£36m in 2014)

7. Jose Mourinho (football) – £40m (new to the list)

9. Frank Lampard (football) – £39m (£37m in 2014)

10. Sir Nick Faldo (golf) – £38m (new to the list)

10. Ryan Giggs (football) – £38m (£36m in 2014)

10. Rory McIlroy (golf) – £38m (£28m in 2014)

10. Arsene Wenger (football) – £38m (new to the list)

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