The richest former lacrosse player is a man known as Joe Tsai. Joe Tsai's lacrosse career began at the young age of thirteen, and it peaked during his four years of college as a student athlete at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Joe played lacrosse for all four years during his college career, before he later made his fortune.
Known as the "Amazon of China" Joe is one of the co-founders of the very famous company called the Alibaba Group. With a net worth of close to $13 billion, Joe has not only earns his spot at the top of the list, and he has also been able to purchase the famous Brooklyn Nets basketball team as well as get involved with numerous other business ventures.
The second richest former lacrosse players is Chase Coleman The Third. Chase has earned his spot so high on the list through his career as a hedge fund manager and investor. Although he tends to be very private when it comes to media coverage, it is known that he has a net worth of just under seven billion dollars as of 2020, and he made most of this money after he founded Tiger Global Management. Chase's lacrosse career was made possible at Williams College where he played on the men's team as a co-captain back in 1997.
With a net worth of close to five billion dollars, Meg Whitman earns her place on the list of the richest former lacrosse players at second place. Meg was one of the top female lacrosse players on the team at Princeton University back in 1977. After graduation she moved right into the corporate world where she has dominated, and continues to be a highly influential figure in the industry. Meg is most famously known for her turn around of the company EBay in which she led its net worth to increase from under six million to over eight billion dollars when she was the CEO back in the early 2000s.
Coming in fourth place of the richest former lacrosse players is Jim Brown. Although he is not known for his lacrosse skills, Jim actually played lacrosse throughout his college career at Syracuse University. After graduation Jim went on to make a career of himself playing football in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns between the years of 1957 and 1965. Although he made most of his money playing football, with a net worth coming close to fifty million dollars, as one of the best running backs of all time, and then later starting a career as an actor, Jim has been known to actually prefer playing the spot of lacrosse.
Fifth on the list of the richest former lacrosse players of all time is the infamous Bill Belichick. Although he is most famously known as being one of the best professional football coaches of all time, Bill actually played lacrosse in college when he attended Wesleyan College. Bill has made most of his fortune, close to thirty-five million dollars to be more specific, from his career as head coach of the New England Patriots. Bill has led the team to become one of the greatest of all time, including his work with Tom Brady, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Sixth on the list of the wealthiest former lacrosse players of all time is a woman known as Erika Nadrini. With a net worth of around ten million dollars, Erika easily earns her spot. She is the CEO of the well known company Barstool Sports, a sports media brand that has grown exponentially in recent years over social outlets including instagram and twitter. Erika actually played lacrosse throughout her few years at Colby College located in Maine, but did not begin playing until her sophomore year. Erika is very close friends with the lacrosse icon Paul Rabil and remains a close supporter of the sport and its top athletes.
Seventh on the list of the richest former lacrosse players is a man known as Chris Hogan. Although he is not known for his lacrosse skills, Chris played lacrosse while he attended Penn State. He later decided to switch sports and play football instead, and that is why he transferred to Monmouth during his college years. Chris is known as a successful wide receiver in the National Football League and he has played for some of the most recognizable teams including the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills, and the Miami Dolphins. Chris plays for the New York Jets at age thirty-one and is known for his speed with a 4.5 second forty yard dash time.
Coming in eight on the list of the richest former lacrosse players is Paul Raibl. With a net worth of around one to five million dollars, the professional lacrosse player earns his spot on the list. Paul is to this day considered one of the best lacrosse players of all time, and is very well-known when it comes to the sport of lacrosse. In addition to playing lacrosse professionally after he graduated from Johns Hopkin University back in 2008, Paul has also been known to grow his net worth through numerous brand endorsement deals as well as his most recent co-founding of the Premier Lacrosse League in which he did alongside his brother Mike Rabil.
Ninth on the list of the wealthiest former lacrosse players is the famous lacrosse goalie Alex Hewit. At the current age of thirty-four years old, Alex has earned his spot on this list with a net worth between one to five million dollars. Alex has made most of his fortune in the financial industry, and he currently works for Deutsche Bank according to FINRA records. Alex spent his lacrosse career playing goalie at Princeton University, and he had an extremely successful student-athlete career. He plays for the pro team known as LXM, and in addition he was both a three time All-American player as well as All-Ivy.
The tenth richest lacrosse player is Gary Gait. Gary earns the tenth place on the list with a net worth of between one and five million dollars. He is a Canadian lacrosse player born in Victoria, Canada and he began his college lacrosse career at Syracuse University. Gary has played in the National Lacrosse League since 1990 when he was drafted to the Detroit Turbos, and every since then he has played on some of the greatest teams including the Toronot Nationals and the Long Island Lizards. At the current age of fifty-three years old Gary continues to support the sport of lacrosse as a few years previously, he was the Intern Commissioner of the United Women's Lacrosse league in 2017, and is still Syracuse University's Women's Lacrosse head coach.
Professional lacrosse players make significantly lower amounts of money annually. On average, a professional lacrosse player in the MLL, Major League Lacrosse, can make anywhere between ten thousand dollars and twenty thousand dollars each year. That being said, a professional lacrosse player participating in the NLL, National Lacrosse League makes on average fifteen-thousand dollars each year. These low numbers typically require these professional athletes to seek other ways to bring in more income.
Paul Rabil is the highest paid professional lacrosse player in the world currently. Back in 2013 he was the very first professional lacrosse player to raise his net worth to one million dollars through the lacrosse world. In addition to his annual salary through playing in the National Lacrosse League for the Philadelphia Wings as well as part time for the Boston Cannons, he was able to secure a ton of large endorsement deals with brands like Red Bull.
The main reason that professional lacrosse players make significantly less money each year than other professional athletes in the NHL or the NFL for example is because lacrosse as a profession is still a niche market. That being said, there is a much smaller audience of people actually willing to pay to go see games and for large brands to endorse these players and the teams they play for. Without a large audience to watch, the sport can't sign any significant television deals and therefore the market remains small.
Yes, professional lacrosse players can make money in many other ways than just playing lacrosse, and because the average annual salaries for these professional players in both the NLL and the MLL are so low, they are typically forced to. In addition to annual salaries, these players do have the option to bring in some more money through brand endorsement deals. In addition the majority look to other ways including coaching jobs and even finance jobs on wall street.