McIlroy breaks into golf’s rich list

Rory McIlroy celebrated his 23rd birthday with news he is now the 12th richest Great Britain and Ireland sportsman.

McIlroy’s personal fortune is now €13m for the 2011 US Open champion to be lying joint 23rd in the overall top-100 highest money-earners in the UK and Ireland.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Former F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton heads the UK’s wealthiest with earnings of nearly €60m.

Six-time major championship winner, Nick Faldo is the richest golfer with a net worth of €41m, with Faldo having also added €2m after tax to his fortune last year from his TV commentary work, golf design and sponsorship deals.

After taking a three-week break from the game recently, McIlroy returning and commented: “I don’t want to be burned out by the time I’m 30.”

At his age, the expectation is that McIlroy will win many more majors which should see him shoot even further up the ‘Rich List’ in years to come.

McIlroy’s wealth last year was estimated at €8m.

Four years have passed since Pádraig Harrington won the last of his three majors, the 2008 US PGA Championship, but the Dubliner remains second on golf’s ladder with a personal wealth of €40m while 2010 US Open winner, Graeme McDowell is 11th with €14m.

However Open Champion, Darren Clarke, and Lee Westwood have each seen their golf fortunes fall by €7m after they lost money by clubbing together to buy a 10-seater Challenger 601 jet at the top of the market and selling it at the bottom.

The Rich List

1 Nick Faldo €41m (Up from €39m)
2 Padraig Harrington €40m (Up from €39m)
3 Colin Montgomerie €34m (Up from €30m)
T4 Luke Donald €30m (Up from €23m)
T4 Lee Westwood €30m (Down from €37m)
T6 Ian Poulter €24m (No change)
T6 Ian Woosnam €24m (No change)
8 Darren Clarke €18m (Down from €25m)
T9 Paul Casey €17m (No change)
T9 Justin Rose €17m (No change)
11 Graeme McDowell €14m (Up from €12m)
12 Rory McIlroy €13m (Up from €8m)