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Meet the sporting stars of the 2016 BRW Young Rich List

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Although this year’s BRW Young Rich List is largely dominated by tech superstars and financial services gurus, nine young sportspeople who have been kicking goals have made it into the rankings.

BRW’s Young Rich List features the founders of former Smart50 winner Atlassian, Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, at the top of the list, with an estimated combined wealth of $4.68 billion. The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by more technology and property entrepreneurs, including Tim Gurner and Simon Clausen – but Australia’s top young sportspeople aren’t far behind.

Meet the sporting stars of BRW’s Young Rich List:

Andrew Bogut

Ranked #35 – estimated wealth of $70 million

Age: 31

NBA superstar for the Dallas Mavericks is no stranger to the BRW Young Rich List, coming in at number 39 last year, and was worth $53 million in 2014.

Bogut played in the Australian men’s basketball team in the Rio Olympics this year, narrowly missing out on taking home a medal. He’ll have to settle for a different sort of award, claiming the spot of the richest young sportsperson in Australia this year.

Bogut hasn’t put all his eggs in the sports basket – he also owns properties in Melbourne and is the director of consultancy firm One Management Group & Consulting.

Adam Scott 

Ranked #36 – estimated wealth of $70 million

Age: 36

Winning the $1.44 million from the US Masters series in 2013 set Adam Scott up for success and wealth.

Scott was once rated the number one golfer in the world, and although he lost that title in 2014, the 36-year-old is matching his age in 2016’s Young Rich List rankings.

Earning over $5.5 million on the US Professional Golfers’ Association Tour this year, Scott has seen his best year ever for tournament earnings. Sponsors from high-end watchmaker Rolex and clothing chain Uniqlo has aided Scott’s nine point rise from 2015’s list.

Mark Webber

Ranked #45 – estimated wealth of $57 million

Age: 40

Ex-professional Formula One racer Mark Webber has since retired from the circuit, but still takes the time to race, winning the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.

However, 2016 will likely be the last year of racing and last time in the Young Rich List for 40-year-old Webber, as he has announced that he intends to retire at the end of this racing season to become a representative for car manufacturer Porsche.

Harry Kewell

Ranked #50 – estimated wealth of $50 million

Age: 38

Melbourne Victory soccer superstar turned coach Harry Kewell has fallen in the middle of this year’s Young Rich List, taking the 50th place with a matching $50 million in estimated wealth.

38-year-old Kewell retired from play in 2014, but his impressive career left him named Australia’s greatest soccer player, reports Fairfax. Kewell has since taken up a coaching position in the UK, now in charge of the under 21 league at English Premier League club Watford.

Kewell’s ambition is to manage a top club in England, and he currently owns property in the UK and Australia.

Tim Cahill 

Ranked #73 – estimated wealth of $36 million

Age: 36

Socceroos and Melbourne City soccer star Tim Cahill is the all-time top goal scorer for Australia’s national team, but also a smart businessman.

The 36-year-old sports star is signing a deal for a new range of men’s sportswear which will be sold in Myer, called Cahill+. This isn’t Cahill’s first foray into a clothing line, boasting a range of suits sold through suit retailer Shoreditch London.

Jason Day 

Ranked #74 – estimated wealth of $35 million

Age: 28

The second golfer to feature on the list, 28-year-old Jason Day has earned more on the US Professional Golfers’ Association Tour than any other Australian, raking in $34 million in his career so far.

Day currently lives in the US with his wife and children, and after a tournament win in May this year, fellow golfer and Young Rich List companion Adam Scott called Day’s skill “Tiger-esque” reports Bunkered.

Chad Reed

Ranked #76 – estimated wealth of $35 million

Age: 34

34-year-old Chad Reed is an Australian Motorcross champion, competing in the US and European circuit for the Yamaha team. Reed also has a sponsorship deal with energy drink brand Monster.

Reed had a shot at running his own team, launching team TwoTwoMotorsports in 2011, but shut the team down in June last year.

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Geoff Ogilvy

Ranked #88 – estimated wealth of $29 million

Age: 39

Ogilvy’s main claim to fame is his 2006 win of the US Open, along with his three World Golf Championship wins. He currently boasts wealth estimated at over $29 million.

He has over $US29 million in career earnings and won his first victory in four years in 2014 with the PGA Barracuda Championship.

James Spithill

Ranked #90 – estimated wealth of $24 million

Age: 37

Sneaking in on the bottom of the list, Australian sailor and amateur boxer James Spithill has jumped four ranks since his 2015 Rich List feature.

The 37-year-old captained the winning team at 2013’s America Cup, a title which he will look to defend in 2017. An elbow injury has kept out of the water for most of this year.

The sailor also owns a number of investment properties around the world.

Here’s the full list of sportspeople included in this year’s list, including ranking out of 100:

35. Andrew Bogut

36. Adam Scott

45. Mark Webber

50. Harry Kewell

73. Tim Cahill

74. Jason Day

76. Chad Reed

88. Geoff Ogilvy

90. James Spithill

The full list of the 100 to make this year’s list can be viewed here. 

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Dominic Powell

Dominic is the former features and profiles editor at SmartCompany.

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