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Lewis Hamilton remains richest sportsman in Britain but Rory McIlroy enjoys lucrative year

The Sunday Times’ annual list sees the Formula 1 driver well ahead of the rest of the field.

Image: Mark Schiefelbein/AP/Press Association Images

LEWIS HAMILTON REMAINS the richest sportsman in Britain and has zoomed even further ahead of his competitors after a title-winning Formula 1 season.

The 30 year-old’s wealth has increased by £20m in the last twelve months and his tally is now an eye-watering £88m.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List has Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in second place – overtaking another F1 driver Jenson Button – with an estimated fortune of £72m, a £12m bump on his overall wealth last year.

Footballers dominate the top-ten with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs (now Manchester United’s assistant coach) all included while two managers – Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal – feature for the first time.

Sport - 2014 Christmas Sport Package Rory McIlroy's big year has ensured he's made the top-ten. Source: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Only Hamilton and Rooney made more than Rory McIlroy in the last year. The golfer took home £10m thanks to victories in the Open Championship and the US PGA Championship.

One other golfer – Sir Nick Faldo – makes the cut too while basketball star Luol Deng, currently with NBA side Miami Heat, also features.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015

1. Lewis Hamilton (motor racing) – £88m (£68m in 2014)

2. Wayne Rooney (football) – £72m (60m in 2014)

3. Jenson Button (motor racing) – £71m (63m in 2014)

4. Andy Murray (tennis) – £48m (£40m in 2014)

5. Rio Ferdinand (football) – £44m (£44m in 2014)

6. Steven Gerrard (football) – £42m (£37m in 2014)

7. Luol Deng (basketball) – £40m (£36m in 2014)

7. Jose Mourinho (football) – £40m (new to the list)

9. Frank Lampard (football) – £39m (£37m in 2014)

10. Sir Nick Faldo (golf) – £38m (new to the list)

10. Ryan Giggs (football) – £38m (£36m in 2014)

10. Rory McIlroy (golf) – £38m (£28m in 2014)

10. Arsene Wenger (football) – £38m (new to the list)

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