New research reveals Canada’s richest athletes with a surprise at the top


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New research has revealed who Canada’s wealthiest athletes are by net worth.

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While two hockey legends are close to the top, Canada’s richest athlete is a bit of a surprise., a community-based sports betting platform, analyzed data on Canada’s top performing athletes to find out who was the wealthiest. It was no shock to see Hockey Hall of Famers and all-time greats Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in second and third place respectively, but rally driver Peter J. Thomson, with value net of C$11 billion. , came out on top, according to the research.

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That said, most of Thomson’s wealth has nothing to do with sports, but rather with his businesses. Thomson is the son of the late Ken Thomson, who at the time of his death in 2006 was the richest man in Canada and the ninth richest in the world.

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Peter Thomson, 56, has been rallying since 1986 and has won several races.

Gretzky’s net worth of $320 million comes mostly from his off-ice adventures, as only a little over $60 million came from his playing days in the NHL.

Gretzky built his status through hockey, however, even after his retirement he continued to build his career with many other investments and business ventures inside and outside the hockey world.

Fellow icon Lemieux’s $193 million net worth put him third and, like Gretzky, most of the money didn’t come from his playing career. Lemieux owns the Pittsburgh Penguins, the franchise he played for.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after a third inning call against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on April 22, 2022.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after a third inning call against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on April 22, 2022. Photo by Katie Stratman /USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds baseball star Joey Votto, who was recently lost for the season to injury, ranked fourth, with a net worth of $140 million. Votto signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Reds in 2014.

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Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, now head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, ranked fifth with a net worth of $122 million. Nash earned nearly $190 million in salary as a player, according to

Rounding out the list was Sidney Crosby, another Penguins icon, with a net worth of $96 million; Chris Pronger, the towering defenseman who has a net worth of $84 million; Fellow hockey players Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton ($77 million each) and Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll ($64 million).


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The findings showed a lack of equality, as the majority of mentions were white males. There was only one POC and no women were in the top 10. A survey by Radio-Canada Sports reveals that there is a widespread problem in Canadian sports. They looked at 400 top positions at 56 universities and only 10% of the positions were filled by POC.

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Richard Moffat, CEO of said in a statement: « It’s interesting to see athletes building their business during and after their sports career. This research demonstrates how being a sports personality is a real catalyst for wealth in Canada. indicates that the methodology involved in using Sportrac’s database » to view the top rankings of the highest paid athletes for the most popular sports leagues and specific countries (retired and active). We then supplemented this with other sources to identify the top Canadian athletes across all time for which this data was no longer available on Sportrac. We used celebrity network, rich gorilla and Bloomberg to identify athlete net worth and make sure we haven’t overlooked any important athlete.

They said the data was collected between July 28 and August 3.

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