Motor racing dominates sport's rich list

Lewis Hamilton Racing driver Lewis Hamilton's wealth has grown by more than 40% in the past year

Seven of the 11 wealthiest sportspeople in the UK and Irish Republic are current and former racing drivers, the Sunday Times sport rich list suggests.

Lewis Hamilton (£50m) joined names like Johnny Dumfries (£110m) and Eddie Irvine (£80m) towards the top of list.

Mr Hamilton saw his wealth grow by £15m in the past year.

But the top two places stayed with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan (£190m) and David Beckham (£135m). No women earned enough to make the top 100.

Boxer Lennox Lewis (£95m) and former rugby union player Sir Tony O'Reilly were the only other non-racers in the top 11, which saw three men tied in ninth spot.

Another big climber was Wayne Rooney, whose fortune increased by £4m to £37m, placing him in 17th place alongside England manager Fabio Capello.

Others who saw their wealth increase sharply in the past year include Fran Cotton and Steve Smith (both £28m), former rugby players and owners of the Cotton Traders sportswear company, and golfers Colin Montgomerie (£25m) and Luke Donald (£19m).

Out of the top 100 richest sportspeople, 51 are associated with football, 14 with motor racing and 11 with golf.

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