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Greg Norman tops Australian earnings list

Greg Norman is Australia's top-earning sportsman with income of about $15 million, in 2005, Business Review Weekly said Wednesday. Norman has topped the chart every year since it was created in 1997.

The magazine, in its annual review of salary and earnings estimates of Australian sports personalities, said most of Norman's earnings came from sales of his clothing range and lucrative endorsement deals, and not on the golf course, where it said he played only four tournaments.

That $15 million figure is up from an estimated $13.5 million in 2004, though Norman is understood to make much more from his other business interests, which include wine, food, housing developments, turf grass farming, event management and communication systems.

In second place is Liverpool-based soccer midfielder Harry Kewell, whose earnings for the year were estimated by BRW to be $9.4 million, followed closely by tennis player Lleyton Hewitt, World Series of Poker winner Joseph Hachem and golfer Adam Scott, who pulled in an estimated $6.3 million.

There are 15 golfers on the top-50 list, making it Australia's most lucrative sport. Tennis player Alicia Molik, who is off the pro circuit with an ear ailment, is the only woman on the list, coming in at 44th with earnings of $905,000.

Andrew Bogut, the first choice in this year's NBA basketball draft, is No. 7 with earnings of $5.4 million from the Milwaukee Bucks and endorsements.

Six cricketers are on the list, including spin bowler Shane Warne (27) and captain Ricky Ponting (28).

December 15, 2005

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