Woods No. 1 athlete on Forbes Celebrity 100 list


Despite a turbulent last three years, Tiger Woods remains the world's most powerful athlete, according to Forbes magazine.

Woods ranks first among athletes for the 11th consecutive year on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list released Wednesday. The 14-time major winner is 12th overall, down from sixth last year. Jennifer Lopez ranked first. (View full list)

In total, 17 athletes made the list. Woods ranked ahead of LeBron James (15), Kobe Bryant (27) and Roger Federer (31). Phil Mickelson was the only other golfer to make the list at 48th.

The ranking is determined by analyzing five categories: money earned, television and radio coverage, print coverage, as well as mentions on the web and in social media circles.

Woods’ estimated annual income dropped to $58 million from $75 million, despite replacing watch sponsor Tag Heuer with Rolex and finding a new bag sponsor in Fuse Science. By comparison, Mickelson pulled in $10 million less than Woods.

Woods peaked in earnings in 2009, pulling in an estimated $120 million, including the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

Mentioned more than any athlete on TV and radio, Woods also ranked fourth in print coverage.