Lewis Hamilton is Britain's richest sportsman

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2015, Grand Prix of Bahrain

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been named the richest sportsman in Britain, with a personal fortune of £88million.
The 30-year-old, two-time world champion topped yesterday's Sunday Times Rich List for sportspeople, having earned £20million this year alone.

He comes ahead of Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney, who remains as the wealthiest player in the Premier League with £72million. The 29-year-old is tipped to become only the second ever footballer to amass over £100million, after David Beckham, as his £300,000-a-week contract still has four years left to run.

Hamilton's former McLaren teammate, Jenson Button, follows close behind, completing the top three with a £71million fortune.

In fourth place is tennis player Andy Murray, who, after a flurry of success at both Wimbledon and the US open in recent years, as well as a gold medal at the London Olympic games, has seen an increased number of endorsement and sponsorship deals.

The rest of the top-10 list was dominated by premiership footballers and managers, with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho taking seventh place. However, it seems our golfers aren't doing too bad for themselves either, with Nick Faldo and Rory Mcllroy appearing with personal fortunes of £38million each.

Hamilton himself has seemingly been celebrating his spiralling fortunes, having been reported to be splashing the cash on a number of supercars, including the ultra-rare Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. We wonder if his Mercedes employers have had anything to say about that...
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