Sunday Times Rich List: Lewis Hamilton tops sport stars, ahead of Rory McIlroy as footballers dominate young category

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is the most affluent active sports star in Rich List history with a £224 million fortune, according to the latest annual figures published by the Sunday Times.

Hamilton's wealth rose by £37m over the past year, thanks to a lucrative ongoing contract with Mercedes, taking him past the £200m mark boasted by David Beckham at the time of his retirement in 2013.

Rory McIlroy is the only other sports star to make the main Rich List rankings, having seen his fortune rise by £32m to £170m on the back of a return to form and a series of sponsorship deals.

Gareth Bale tops sport's Young Rich List, with his fortune rising £20m to £114m despite a less-than-ideal campaign at Real Madrid.

Anthony Joshua celebrates after beating Andy Ruiz Jr

But he is being pushed by Anthony Joshua, who saw the biggest individual increase in wealth over the last 12 months, rising by £58m to £107m after his lucrative world heavyweight title rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua is the only non-football player to make the young list top 20. He is followed, respectively, by Paul Pogba (£34m), Kevin De Bruyne (£34m) and David De Gea (£28m).

Young Rich List (aged 30 and under)

Gareth Bale (left): Real Madrid star tops the young list

1 Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - £114m

2 Anthony Joshua (Boxing) - £107m

3 Paul Pogba (Man Utd) - £50m

4= Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) £34m

4= David De Gea (Man Utd) - £34m

6 Raheem Sterling (Man City) - £28m

7 N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) - £25m

8 Harry Kane (Tottenham) - £24m

9 Daniel Sturridge (no club) - £22m

10 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) - £21m

11= Anthony Martial (Man Utd) - £20m

11= Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) - £20m

13= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - £19m

13= Luke Shaw (Man Utd) - £19m

15= Odion Ighalo (Man Utd) - £18m

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