Sportstar Fortunes and their Affairs Index

How many affairs does it take to make a multi-millionaire sports-star a plain old millionaire?

Published: Feb 24, 2010 03:55:16 PM IST
Updated: Feb 24, 2010 08:07:19 PM IST

How many affairs does it take to make a multi-millionaire sports-star a plain old millionaire? That depends on the sportsman’s nationality, the sport he plays and whether his wife is willing to turn a blind eye to his activities off the pitch or the course.

Tiger Woods is alleged to have 19 girlfriends on last count and companies like Gatorade and Accenture have pulled out sponsorships that has cost him over $46 million so far. Woods shouldn’t be too concerned. Forbes still ranks him the number one sports brand by athlete with an estimated value of $82 million.

Illustration: Abhijit Kini

Former English football skipper John Terry on the other hand has a lot to worry about. With yearly earnings of only about $15 million he cannot afford the bad publicity. Ever since the 10 girls who have claimed to have slept with him, sponsors are threatening to pull out. Terry stands to lose $30 million over four years.

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  • Jyotsna Bhatia

    I worked with an organisation for quite some time, and we had a huge, gigantic poster of Tiger Woods nailed on one of the walls where the iconic Woods is hugging some elderly lady.The day his scandalous incidents about his escapades broke out , people started noticing it more and would throw a comment about the \"balls\" he had... Ultimately your integrity is as important as the work the you do,..the huge gigantic magnanimous poster has been taken off now,,.. and people still comment!! An ode to the lost integrity of Mr Tiger Woods The posters have been taken off the walls, People talk about the golf and the great balls, you had, The words of this silly ode, are not enough to record, the glorious glory of your majesty, not one not two but nineteen, the beautiful pleasures that you beheld, Dear Woods we are still counting...;)

    on Feb 25, 2010
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