SYDNEY: Greg Norman may have earned only A$26,000 (US$19,500) in tournament winnings this year but he remains Australia's highest-earning sportsman.
The Shark accrued an estimated A$18 million (US$13.5 million) this year, according to a sporting rich list compiled by Australia's Business Review Weekly magazine.
Norman, who turns 50 in February, is a one-man multi-national company with interests in golf course design, sportswear, wine, restaurants, residential estates, event management, turf, golf equipment and accessories.
He has been top of Australia's sporting rich list every year since it was first compiled in 1997.
There are 18 golfers in Australia's top 50, mainly through their earnings in the United States and Europe.
There are 13 footballers, all of them based in Europe, headed by Liverpool's Harry Kewell, who is second on the list at A$15 million.
Tennis player Lleyton Hewitt picked up A$13.7 million in prize money, equipment sponsorship and endorsements.
Ian Thorpe earned an estimated A$4.5 million from swimming, clothing and other endorsements.
Cricketers' earnings lag well behind their compatriots in golf, tennis and football.
Test captain Ricky Ponting comes in at A$2.24 million, followed by vice-captain Adam Gilchrist (A$2 million) and Shane Warne (A$1.45 million). AFP