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Rory McIlroy

Holywood, Co Down native Rory McIlroy (29) may have gone another year without a Major win on the golf course in 2018, but that hasn't prevented his financial success.

Forbes said he earned about $34m in 2018, plus another $3.7m in winnings - amounting to about €33.6m. It made him the 26th highest paid athlete and the fourth highest paid golfer in the world.

Company filings in the UK reveal he was in a number of investment consortia that put money into property regeneration in Liverpool's docklands, as well as property in Sheffield and a scheme to refurbish a data centre in Birmingham.

The most recent accounts for his Rory Foundation, which gives money to various charities that help sick children, said it donated £1.57m in 2017. One of the key aims of its Children's Cancer Fund is to help fund a residential and therapeutic short-break centre for children and families affected by cancer in Co Mayo. It will be modelled on a centre in Newcastle, Co Down, which it also helped fund. The build and running costs of the Mayo centre are estimated at €13.5m over three years, and he has pledged €1.2m.

McIlroy's earnings are supported by lucrative deals with Nike, Omega, Jumeirah, golf club-maker TaylorMade, Bose and UpperDeck. His image rights are valued at $261m. He owns a €380,000 Lamborghini Aventador and property in Dubai, the US and Northern Ireland.

Online Editors