When it comes to big money in sports, everybody thinks about football players. But currently, in 2016, formula One driver Sebastian Vettel, makes almost the same amount of money, in terms of gross salary, as world's highest paid football player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Usually, Formula One drivers are not discussed for the money they make, but they make quite a big amount of money. So, here's a list of top ten richest Formula One drivers.
10. Nico Rosberg
Net Worth : 30 million dollars, Status : Active
The German F1 driver, Nico Rosberg, finished in runner-up spot in drivers championship for the past two years. He has won seven races in a streak. No doubt he is worth 30 million dollars.
9. Sebastian Vettel
Net Worth : 45 million dollars, Status : Active
Currently Vettel is the highest paid F1 driver in 2016, with his three year contract with Ferrari, from which Vettel will earn approximately, $50 million a year. But ranks ninth in the overall list.
8. David Coulthard
Net Worth : 70 million dollars, Status : Retired
David Coulthard, is one of most successful British driver, with 13 F1 race victories. He is also a member of BBC's F1 team, since his retirement. He also owns hotels in London, Switzerland and Monaco.
7. Jenson Button
Net Worth :105 million dollars, Status : Active
Jenson Button, who currently drives for McLaren-Honda F1 team, was crowned world champion, back in 2009. Beating his teammate Lewis Hamilton. He also owns a 72-foot yacht in Monte-Carlo.
6. Eddie Irvine
Net Worth : 180 million dollars, Status : Retired
Irish driver Eddie Irvine, had a ten year career in F1, during 1990s, he raced for Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar. After retiring he became a property developer. He owns a luxury complex in Caribbean and a $18 million superyacht.
5. Alain Prost
Net Worth : 185 million dollars, Status : Retired
French driver Alain Prost, four time world champion, is one of the most successful F1 driver of all time. He is the oldest F1 driver to appear on this list.
4. Kimi Raikkonen
Net Worth : 200 million dollars, Status : Active
Finnish F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen, began his F1 career in 2001. With one F1 title to his name in 2007. Currently he drives for Ferrari alongside Sebastian Vettel. In 2009 he was named second highest paid athlete, just behind Tiger Woods.
3. Fernando Alonso
Net Worth : 220 million dollars, Status : Active
Fernando Alonso started his racing career as early as when he was three years old. He went on to become youngest F1 champion. And became a popular name in motorsports. He had great success and he is in podium position in this list.
2. Lewis Hamilton
Net Worth : 280 million dollars, Status : Active
Apart from his success, Lewis Hamilton is Britain's richest young sportsman. Along with that, he has endorsement deals with L'Oreal, Reebok, Monster Energy and Santander. He is one of most marketable F1 driver.
1. Michael Shumacher
Net Worth : 780 million dollars, Status : RetiredThe number one spot is of course for Michael Schumacher. The F1 legend retired in 2009. At one stage of his career, he was second highest paid sports star in the world. In 2005, Eurobusiness magazine named him as world's first billionaire athlete.
Schumacher's most of the earnings came from advertising with German financial company, Deutsche Vermögensberatung. He owns several luxury mansions and a private jet and a $2.1 million Ferrari FXX.
In 2013, Schumacher suffered a brutal accident while skiing. Which led to severe head injury and continues to receive treatment at his home in Geneva.