First on the list of richest rugby players is Simon McDowell. McDowell takes the top spot on the list because his total net worth is 54 million euros, if not slightly higher. Simon is now retired, but he was an Irish player during his rugby career. Unfortunately, his career was short lived when he was forced to retire back in 1990 due to a very serious injury. McDowell played for the North Ireland Football Club throughout his entire career before becoming a referee after his professional career ended. His high net worth is because he owns a chemical company called Kilwaughter.
The next richest rugby player is Sir Bill Gammell. With a net worth of more than $50 million, he earns his spot as the runner up on this list. Gammell is a former rugby player. He retired in the late 1980s after an injury ended his career. He then became a businessman after he retired from playing professional rugby. Gammell founded the company Cairn Energy. This is where Gammell earned most of his fortune over the past twenty plus years. The energy company resides in the global gas and oil industry, and became extremely successful in the early 2000s, and was valued at over $10 billion in 2010.
In third place on the list of the top ten wealthiest rugby players is Sonny Bill Williams. Williams is a football player from New Zealand, and over his professional career has signed a variety of contracts in order to play for The Rugby Union, The Rugby League, and in a completely different direction to professional boxing. Williams net worth comes close to $30 million. More recently he signed a contract for a record $10 million. This contract would last two years, and it was in order for Sonny to play on the Toronto Wolfpack team in the Super League.
In fourth place is Jonny Wilkinson. With a net worth of over 21 million pounds, Wilkinson is easily one of the wealthiest players. Although is mainly known worldwide for his rugby skills, he is also known for his keeping a very clean lifestyle. Wilkinson has always kept a low profile and has really never been in the press for anything negative. He played for the Rugby Union, and was one of the only players to earn more than fifteen points per rugby game. After he retired in 2014, he was inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame.
The next richest international rugby player is Mike Tindall. Although a great English football player, Tindall actually earns his spot so high on the list because of his wife. Tindall married his wife Zara on July 30th in the year 2011, and they have been together ever since. Zara is known for both her equestrian talents as well as the fact that she is the second eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth the second of the United Kingdom. Although their fortune does not come from the royal family, together their net worth is over 30 million pounds, with Mike's coming just under 16 million.
Sixth on the list of richest rugby players is the Australian football star Beau Ryan. Born in New South Wales, Beau was a multi dimensional player, playing as a wing, fullback and center at times. Ryan's net worth is just around $10 million. In addition to being known for his skills on the field, Ryan is also a singer. In 2014 he released his very first single featuring the Justice Crew. In addition, part of the reason he has such a high net worth is because of the Adidas advertisements in which Ryan has been featured in.
In seventh place is athlete Handre Pollard. Pollard earns his spot on the list because of the amount he earns annually rather than his net worth. Tied for the leading money maker in the professional rugby world as of the past year, 2020, Pollard makes just under two million dollars each year. Handre is a football player from South Africa and he began making all of his money when he decided to leave the Bulls team and play for Montpellier. With one of the highest annual salaries in the league currently, Pollard's net worth comes close to five million dollars.
At number eight of the richest rugby players is Charles Piutau. Piutau is currently tied with Handre Pollard as the highest earner in the rugby profession in terms of annual salaries. Charles is a football player from New Zealand, who currently plays for the Bristol Bears. Charles signed with the Bears in 2018, and that contract made him the first British professional player to make one million pounds annually. As of March 2020, it was released that both Piutau and Pollard earn just over two million dollars each year they play professional rugby.
Coming in ninth on the list of the top ten richest rugby players is Maro Itoje. Maro is an English rugby player who plays for the Saracens. The team plays competitively in the English rugby second division. More recently, in 2019, Itoje signed a new contract with the team he has played on for over ten years. The contract stated that he would play for the Saracens until at least the summer of the year 2022. Itoje is currently tied with his teammate Owen Farrell at earning the second highest annual salary earning slightly more eight-hundred and seventy-five thousand pounds each year.
The tenth wealthiest international professional rugby player is Owen Farrell. Farrell is an English football player and he plays professionally for the Saracens. Both Farrell and Maro Itoje play for the Saracens and are tied for making the most amount of money annually on the team. Each average upwards of seven-hundred and fifty-thousand pounds each year they play professionally. Farrell has been the captain of the England Rugby team since 2019. He began playing in the league when he was only seventeen, and has continued to earn a name for himself ever since.
On average professional rugby players make between $25,000 and $40,000 annually. The amount that each player makes is dependent on a few things. This salary amount is dependent on the league in which the individual athlete plays in, the team they play for, and their overall performance on the field. That being said, national team players make on the higher end of that scale, while the very best players in the league can make up to close to one million dollars each year.
As of the past rugby season, and in the current year of 2020, the highest paid professional rugby players are Handre Pollard and Charles Piutau. The two are currently tied for getting paid the most annually for playing the sport at the most competitive level. Each player makes close to one million pounds each year they play rugby professionally. Although these are not the top two wealthiest rugby players, they are the two that are still playing in the league currently, and getting paid a record amount.
Rugby players are paid based on where the team that they play on is located. This means that the rugby players can get paid in all different currencies. So for example some players might get paid in euros if they play for a team in Ireland, but a player that plays for a British team would get paid in pounds. That being said, the amount of money each player makes can be converted into any currency including dollar amounts.
For the majority of professional rugby players, they make their money off of the contracts they sign with the teams they are playing on at that time. Like other athletes, however, a lot of popular rugby players make their fortune off of other endorsement deals. For example, Beau Ryan made a lot of his net worth based on the Adidas advertisements he was featured in. In some other cases rugby players have also made, and continue to make, money owning businesses or working other jobs.