Note: Money quoted in this article is in US dollars
10. Sonny Bill Williams – $1.5 Million
Sonny William ‘Sonny Bill’ Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand 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. He 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.
He first moved to rugby union in 2010 and has since had spells playing for Toulon in France, Canterbury, Counties Manukau, the Crusaders, Chiefs and Blues in New Zealand and Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. He has won 46 caps for New Zealand (the All Blacks), and was part of the teams that won the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. He has also played rugby sevens for New Zealand, competing in the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series and the 2016 Olympics.
Williams has boxed professionally seven 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.
9. Grant Dalton – $2 Million
Dalton is a professional sailor who started sailing at the age 8 in the P Class and soon started racing as a member of 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; as an avid F1 fan and with life with Emirates Team New Zealand more settled than a round-the-world campaign, he can now race on the New Zealand motor racing circuit.
8. Lydia Ko – $2.1 Million
Lydia Ko (born 24 April 1997) is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer who 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.
7. Chris Wood – $2.2 Million
Christopher Grant Wood (born 7 December 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Burnley 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.
6. Dan Carter – $2.3 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 named the Man of the Match.
5. Richie McCaw – $2.5 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.
4. Steven Adams – $2.8 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 to play college basketball for Pittsburgh. In June 2013, he was selected by the Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
3. Scott Dixon – $11 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.
2. Winston Reid – $12 Million
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. He always maintained contact with his father and his family in New Zealand.
1. Russell Coutts – $13 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 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.