Net Worth F1 vs NFL Edition: Is Lewis Hamilton Richer Than Legendary NFL Coach John Madden?

Published 12/29/2021, 3:55 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


One of the greatest coaches in NFL history, the legendary John Madden, recently passed away at the age of 85, and the entire community of American Football is in utter shock. Having dedicated over half of his life to the sport, not only as a player and a coach but also as a commentator, Madden did exceedingly well when it comes to his career earnings.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Football legend had multiple sources of income during his time, as he was involved with advertisements as well. Consequently, he went on to crush quite a few records, including being the first broadcaster to earn a $1 million salary.

FILE PHOTO: Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden waves to the crowd before the AFC-NFC Hall of Fame pre-season game in Canton, Ohio, August 6, 2006. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

But those earnings were pint-sized when compared to arguably his biggest financial achievements – the creation of ‘Madden NFL’ video game. The bulk of his career earnings arrived from endorsing this one video game, which witnessed a global hit in a short period of time.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

So, let’s bring up a short comparison, shall we? Like Madden, Lewis Hamilton is one of the best in his sport, Formula 1. His achievements are monumental! And most importantly, both have succeeded largely in terms of earning through endorsements.

Watch Story: When F1 Drivers Had a Blast on Top Gear Featuring Hamilton, Vettel & Ricciardo

Is Lewis Hamilton richer than John Madden?

It is time that we launch a financial comparison between the two legends of their respective field of expertise. Let’s start with the late John Madden. The American is worth around a whopping $200 million.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Meanwhile, Hamilton, the 7-time world champion, has cherished a career earning of $285 million, with a yearly salary of $50 million. Around $40 million of it arrives from his team, Mercedes AMG, while the remaining $10 million comes from endorsements.

Second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Francisco Seco – Pool/Getty Images)

Of course, his net worth is very much likely to rise substantially over the coming years, as the Briton is unlikely to retire from F1 anytime before 2023. Also, Hamilton is already a growing spectacle in the fashion industry, having recently starred at the Met Gala.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

With major cash inflow in the offing, can Hamilton become the richest man of the entire Formula 1 industry? Well, there is still a long way to go in the pursuit of superseding the current richest driver, Michael Schumacher, but it could only be a matter of time before Hamilton is on the same level as the German legend.

DIVE DEEPER

Is the Yas Marina F1 track a Street Circuit?

about 1 year ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Rohit Kumar

1676 articles

Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT