Kevin Durant, Naomi Osaka and more — These are the highest paid Olympians of 2021, as per Forbes

Jul 19, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

Kevin Durant

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $75 million | The American professional basketball player who is also known as KD has already won two Olympic gold medals. This will be his second time leading Team USA without LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and this will be his third appearance in the Olympics.

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Naomi Osaka

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $60 million | The 23-year old tennis player from Japan has already broken the earnings record for female athletes, surpassing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. She is also ranked as no.12 on Forbes’ highest paid athletes list in 2021.

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Damian Lillard

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $40.5 million | American basketball player for Portland Trail Blazers is also known for his rap alias Dame D.O.L.L.A. He has also released three studio record labels under his own name.

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Novak Djokovic

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $34.5 million | The top ranked male tennis player in the world made around $2.4 million in prize money from his Wimbledon win in 2021. Other than Wimbledon, he also won Australian Open and French Open this year.

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Rory Mcilroy

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $32 million | One of the top Golfers in the world and a four time major champion. Has won the US Open in 2011, PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, and Open Championship in 2014. He also became the youngest player to reach €10 million in career earnings on the European Tour.

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Devin Booker

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $30.5 million | The budding NBA player who has often been compared to the late Kobe Bryant played around 67 games in 2020-21. He was also named as the ‘NBA All-Star’ in 2020.

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Kei Nishikori

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $30.5 million | Professional tennis player from Japan. He has won the bronze medal in Rio Olympics 2016 -- the first medal won by a tennis player for the country in 96 years. He also became the first Asian player to make a men's Grand Slam final at the 2014 US Open.

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Khris Middleton

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $27 million | The 29-year old NBA All-Star has partnerships with big brands like Nike, Unilever, Panini and many more.

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Jrue Holiday

Total earnings in 2021 so far — $23 million | The 31-year-old will be seen presenting the Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics for the first time. He also won the NBA Sportsmanship Award this year.

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