Here are the richest New Zealand Athletes and their net worth currently. You might not believe this but sports pay more than most jobs.
In this article, I will highlight the richest NZ sportspeople and how much they have as of now. All the information are sourced from the available online net worth and history data by each of the people on this list.
After covering the top 10 richest people in New Zealand, it is also important to cover other rich lists across the country. Here is the list of the richest New Zealand athletes.
Note: Money quoted in this article is in US dollars
Russell Coutts – $55 Million
Net Worth: $55 million
Coutts’ achievements include a gold medal in the Finn Class in the 1984 Olympic Games, winning the America’s Cup five times, the ISAF World Youth Championships, three World Match Racing Championships, numerous international match race wins and IOR, IMS and One Design World Championship victories.
In New Zealand, Coutts has also been honoured with an appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1985 New Year Honours and then elevation to the rank of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1995 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Sir Russell Coutts, America’s Cup Hall of Famer is estimated to be worth $55 million. He made most of his money from his various businesses. He also said in a recent interview that he will not go back to America’s Cup again as posted by stuff.com.
Scott Dixon – $35 Million
Net Worth: $35 million
Scott Ronald Dixon MNZM (born 22 July 1980) is a New Zealand professional racing driver. Competing for Chip Ganassi Racing since joining IndyCar, Dixon has won the championship in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2015, and he won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 from pole position.
In the 2009 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to motorsport, and he was New Zealand’s Sportsman of the Year in 2008 and 2013.
The five times IndyCar champion is estimated to be worth $35 million according to Wealthygenius.com. He is also believed to be making approximately $12 million annually.
Sonny Bill Williams – $25 Million
Net worth: $25 million.
Sonny William ‘Sonny Bill’ Williams is a New Zealand former rugby union and rugby league footballer and a heavyweight boxer. He is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league, and is one of only twenty players to have won two rugby union World Cups.
In rugby league, Williams has played seven seasons in two spells in the National Rugby League (NRL), with the Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters. Sonny has won 12 caps for New Zealand (the Kiwis) and won the RLIF Awards for Rookie of the Year in 2004 and International Player of the Year in 2013.
Williams has also boxed professionally eight times, winning all of his heavyweight bouts. He was formerly the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA) Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Association (WBA) International Heavyweight Champion. He got stripped of those titles because of his failure to accept challenges.
In early 2021, Willians announced retirement from rugby to pursue his boxing career. The same year, he had his eighth fight with Waikato Falefehi.
According to celebritynetworth.com, Sonny Bill Williams is worth $25 million making him the richest boxer among the richest New Zealand athletes.
Steven Adams – $20 Million
Net Worth: $20 million
Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
After playing one season with his hometown Wellington Saints in 2011, Adams moved to the United States in 2012. He played college basketball for Pittsburgh. In June 2013, he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
He also played for New Orleans Pelicans from 2020 to 2021. Currently, is playing for Memphis Grizzlies.
The Kiwi-born NBA player is worth $20 million according to wealthygorilla.com making him one of the top richest New Zealand athletes.
Winston Reid – $20 Million (Under Review)
Net worth: $20 million (Under Review)
Winston Wiremu Reid (born 3 July 1988) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a defender for English club West Ham United and also captains the New Zealand national team.
Both Reid’s parents have Māori ancestry. He affiliates to Tainui through his father and to Te Rarawa through his mother. He was born in North Shore, Auckland, but moved from New Zealand to Denmark at the age of 10 with his mother and Danish stepfather. Reid always maintains contact with his father and his family in New Zealand.
Signing a 6 years contract with West Ham United, Reid will walk away with a total of £21,840,000 ($29,754,160) in 2023. He will receive £3,640,000 annually till the end of the contract. You can also check the details on spotrac.com.
According to the information out there, Winston Reid’s net worth is around $20 million. This information is currently under review. As soon as the actual figure is available, trust me to share it with you.
Lydia Ko – $15 Million
Net Worth: $15 Million
Lydia Ko (born 24 April 1997) is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer. She became the No. 1-ranked woman professional golfer on 2 February 2015 at 17 years, 9 months and 9 days of age, making her the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf.
Since turning professional in 2014, Ko has career winnings of $7,774,276 as of 26 June 2017. Additionally, she is the first LPGA Tour player to win at least $2,000,000 in each of her first three full seasons on Tour.
Currently, she is the richest golfer in New Zealand with a net worth of $15 million. This also makes her the richest female among the top 10 richest New Zealand athletes. It is believed that she makes close to $2 million in each season. She also signs endorsement deals and contracts that give her massive wealth.
Chris Wood – $13.6 Million
Net Worth: $13.6 Million
Christopher Grant Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer. He plays as a striker for the English Premier League club Newcastle United and the New Zealand national team, of which he is vice-captain.
Wood was born in Auckland and started his senior career with Cambridge FC, Waikato FC and Hamilton Wanderers before moving to England to play for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. He spent his time on loan to six different clubs before joining Leicester City in 2015. In 2017, he was bought by Burnley and he played for the team till 2022.
At the moment, he is playing for Newcastle United.
The striker is estimated to be worth 12 million Euro which also converts to $13.6 million. This also makes him the richest footballer among the richest New Zealand athletes. His market value also peaks at 8 million Euro according to wtfoot.com.
Dan Carter – $7 Million
Net Worth: $7 million
Carter plays for Racing 92 and played for New Zealand’s national team, the All Blacks. He is the highest point scorer in Test match rugby and is considered by many experts as the greatest ever first-five eighth (fly-half) in the history of the game.
In the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, he successfully kicked four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal. He was also named the Man of the Match. In 2020, Carter retired from playing rugby.
According to networthtotals.com Dan Carter is worth $7 million. Other sources suggest he is below $5 million but per information on his assets and investments, $7 million should be the appropriate estimate.
Richie McCaw – $3 Million
Net worth: $3 Million
Richard Hugh McCaw ONZ (born 31 December 1980) is a New Zealand former rugby union player. He captained the national team, the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches, and won two Rugby World Cups.
During McCaw’s career, Canterbury won the NPC (later ITM Cup) five times, and the Crusaders won four Super Rugby titles. As well as two world cups, the All Blacks won seven Tri-Nations titles, completed three successful Grand Slam tours and won the Bledisloe Cup eight times.
According to Celebritynetworth.com, Richie McCaw is worth $3 million.
Grant Dalton – $2.5 Million
Net worth: $2.5 million.
Dalton is a professional sailor who started sailing at the age of 8 in the P Class and soon started racing as a member of the Maraetai Sailing Club. He was awarded an OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours, for services to yachting. He was shortlisted in 2001 by the International Sailing Federation for the ISAF World Sailor of the Year Awards.
His other passion away from sailing is motor racing. Currently, he manages Team New Zealand.
Dalton’s current net worth is around $2.5 million. All the earnings come from his primary career as a racer. He is also the last person on the top 10 richest New Zealand athletes list.
Summary of the Top 10 Richest New Zealand Athletes
This is the list of the richest sportspeople from New Zealand. Some are in retirement current but some are still on the field. You might not know this but sports really pay.
Looking at the list, sailor Russell Coutts sit on top with a net worth of $55 million. Grant Dalton sits at the bottom with $2.5 million which most people expect to shoot up in the coming years.
The list also has Lydia Ko as the only golfer and female on the list. Due to her recent endorsement contracts, I am expecting her net worth to shoot up shortly.
The list also has Sonny Bill Williams, Dan Carter, and Richie McCaw retiring from the Rugby Union. However, Bill still has a professional boxing career to pursue.
It is also very important that you check the list of the richest people in New Zealand and let us compare business with sports and see which one pays most.