What is Tiger Woods' Net Worth?

Most of this Golfer's Money Now Comes from Sponsorships

Tiger Woods o f the USA watches his tee shot on the 1st tee during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
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Tiger Woods' net worth isn't that easy to determine, because, primarily, nobody knows with certainty how much income he's had over the years, and nobody (other than Tiger, his accountants and possibly his lawyers) know all of his expenses.

That said, there are estimates of Woods' income since turning pro. According to Golf Digest, Woods, through the end of 2014, has earned $1.37 billion. That estimate of Woods' career earnings includes his golf winnings, plus off-course income such as endorsement deals, corporate outings, licensing fees and so on.

It does not include any possible investment income. If Woods has invested his money in stocks or other investment vehicles (and surely he has invested quite a bit of money — that's one of the things rich people do with their cash), then that $1.37 billion could be even higher (or lower, if he didn't invest wisely).

Gross Income Versus Net Worth

The above figures only get at Woods' gross income, not his net worth. Woods spends a lot of money, too: A $40 million house here, a $20 million yacht there. There are a lot of taxes to pay to various taxing authorities, and he has everyday living expenses and travel expenses.

Woods also has a lot of people to pay: Accountants and lawyers; managers and caddies; (presumably) maids, gardeners and similar attendants; and various other employees of Tiger Woods Inc.

During the run-up to his divorce from ex-wife Elin Nordegren, there were many wild rumors that Woods would have to pay Nordegren a $500 million, $750 million, divorce settlement.

Implying that Woods' net worth was $1.5 billion or upwards. Those wild reports were, in fact, wildly off-base. While Woods' income has topped a billion dollars, his net worth is less than a billion due to all those expenses — And the divorce settlement with Nordegren was more in the neighborhood of $100 million.​

The Best Estimates and Today

The best estimate of Tiger Woods' net worth that we've seen is from Forbes magazine, which included Woods on its 2015 list of America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40. According to Forbes, Woods' net worth in 2015 was approximately $700 million. That ain't exactly chump change, but it's not $1.5 billion, either — and it still makes Woods the richest athlete in the world.

Earlier in 2015, Wealth-X — an "ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm" — estimated Woods' net worth at $590 million, and back in 2009, Forbes had estimated Woods' net worth at $600 million. That earlier estimate was prior to Woods and Nordegren finalizing their divorce settlement.

According to Bankrate, "Forbes reports that sponsorships are now responsible for the vast majority of Woods’ annual income and earned him $45 million during the 12 months that ended in June 2016. His net worth stood at $740 million as of May 2017, according to Celebrity Net Worth.