According to Forbes magazine, Tiger Woods is on track to pass $1 billion in career earnings by 2010. However, becoming an actual billionaire will take slightly longer because that would mean he would have net worth of above $1 billion.
In the next few years, his earnings would make him the world’s first billionaire athlete. He turned pro in 1996.
In 2007, Forbes mag estimated that Woods pulled in nearly $115 million, $65 million more than athlete runner-up David Beckham.
The mag says he is expected to join the world’s billionaires list by 2011. The feat would be unprecedented. To date, there has been no athlete to build a billionaire fortune from actually playing sports.