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12.07.2007

LeBron James is the richest young superstar

According to the prestigeous Forbes magazine, NBA player LeBron James is at the top of its list of 20 under 25 Top-Earning Superstars.

Indeed, the "King" James, who will turn 23 on Dec. 30, earned $27 million between June 2006 and June 2007. That could be the low-end of James' earning potential, Forbes pointed out. James is primed to outpace Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, 29, as the highest-paid player in the NBA this year thanks tp his new four-year $60 million contract. The Cleveland Cavaliers will pay him $13 million his first year. Endorsement deals with Nike, Coca-Cola and Upper Deck, among others, easily eclipse his on-court salary, Forbes said.

As we can see, athletes with lucrative endorsement deals landed in the the top four slots of the "20 Under 25." list.

The second place is for Reggie Bush, 22-year-old running back for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, with $24 million.

Number 3 is tennis ace Maria Sharapova, who pocketed $23 million (only $3.8 million from winnings), and is the world's highest-paid female athlete.

The number 4 is golf phenom Michelle Wie, with $19 million in earnings.

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