When asked the question of who is the wealthiest sports star in Ireland, many would probably answer the name of a famous footballer. This is, however, not the case.
Golfing Creates Riches
The title of the wealthiest sports star in all of Ireland goes to none other than Rory McIlroy. With his estimated fortune standing on a total of £52 million. His mere £52 million doesn’t even put him close to the list of the wealthiest people in Ireland, but it does make him the sportsman with the highest bank balance. This came as no surprise since the 30-year old golfer of Northern Ireland was the youngest golfer in the 2012 PGA Tour to reach a total of $10 million in career earnings. Owner of three homes based in Northern Ireland, Hollywood and Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.
Second in Line is from the Golfing Ranks Too
Running slightly behind McIlroy is another golfer. Pádraig Harrington’s wealth is estimated at £51 million. This 47-year old golfer is from Dublin. Harrington’s highlight in his career was being ranked third in the world in July 2008. This was when he spent 300 weeks in the top-10 rankings of the world. His fans can look forward to his performance during the 2020 Ryder Cup as captain of the European team.
Number Three – Footballers aboard
At number three, we have the world of football entering the sphere of Irish wealth earned on the sports field. Roy Keane from Cork is estimated to be worth £40 million. The 47-year old is considered by many as the most successful footballer of Irish origin. After spending five years in the role of assistant manager to the Republic of Ireland national team, he resigned at the end of 2018 and is now in the position of assistant coach to Nottingham Forest. His career stretched over 18 years ending with him being captain to Manchester United from 1997 – 2005.
Another Golfer at Number Four
At £34 million Graeme McDowell is fourth-ranked on the list of wealthiest Irish athletes. Born in Portrush, Northern Ireland, this 39-year old golfer had a very successful amateur career before he turned professional. Since then he has represented Ireland in the World Cup, has won four events on the PGA Tour and ten on the European Tour. His best position on the rankings was 4th place in 2011.
Number Five Goes to Football
Footballer Robbie Keane from Dublin is standing tall at number five with an estimated net worth of £27 million. This 38-year old played for the Republic of Ireland from 1998 – 2016. Here he also served as captain of the team from 2006 until 2016. Since 2018 he is in the role of assistant manager to the team. Five Irish sports stars whose skill, passion, talent and commitment to hard work paid off of in the form of tremendous wealth.