Tiger Woods vs Jack Nicklaus Net Worth Comparison: Who Is Richer?

Published 09/07/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 22: Jack Nicklaus talks to Tiger Woods of the United States on the 19th tee during the Payne’s Valley Cup on September 22, 2020 on the Payne’s Valley course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Payne’s Valley Cup)


It often comes as a shock to many when they hear about the wealth of some professional athletes. Golf is one of the richest sports in the world, and Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are two of the greatest to ever play this sport. They dominated on the course, and in return earned extraordinary fame and millions of dollars, keeping into account the endorsements, contracts, and prize money.

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Tiger Woods vs Jack Nicklaus: Who has amassed more wealth?

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Tiger Woods started off as a golfer very young; he was a child prodigy and appeared in the Golf Digest at 5. Less than a year after turning pro, he reached the number one ranking and was a dominant force throughout the first decade of the 21st century. He retained his number one ranking for a whopping 683 weeks and has amassed records to his name.

Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th green during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Woods has appeared in the Forbes list of the highest-paid athletes and made $769,440,709 from 1996 to 2007. In 2009, he became the richest athlete in the world, according to Forbes, when he earned $1 billion. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his current estimated net worth is $800 million.

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On the other hand, Jack Nicklaus is regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. A legend amongst his fans and current players alike, he is a retired American golfer who has won a record of 18 major championships. A lot of his earnings came from his many companies, one of them the Nicklaus Design Company.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 11: Honorary starter and Masters champion Jack Nicklaus reacts to his shot during the First Tee ceremony to start the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In the list of highest-paid athletes by Forbes, his career earnings are $1.15 billion. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his current net worth is $400 million.

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So, while Tiger Woods definitely has a higher net worth, it is imperative to keep in mind that the prime of Nicklaus’ career was in the 1960s and ’70s. A lot has changed in the years to come and we cannot compare the supremacy of the two.

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Ishita Bhargava

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