Which Pro made the most?

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9/23/2015 3:07pm Edited Date/Time 9/25/2015 1:39pm
Having a friendly argument with a buddy about who made (and post retirement continues to make) the most money.

I'm ruling out all GP riders. No inside info here but while I believe Everts did well and certainly Tony is currently doing well all the riders, mags and insiders say the money is better in the States so...

It has to come down to MC vs. RC yes? RC probably had some bigger contracts but MC had a longer career. Plus post career RC is certainly making bank on his RCU and personal Monster sponsorship. Not sure if he's making anything from RCH, heck that might actually be costing him?

MC has a stake in SPY optics...not sure what that means. Kawi money... Monster sponsorship. His truck racing could be a plus or minus. I know it's expensive to do.

So. who's the biggest earner of all time?
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9/23/2015 3:23pm
OnRails wrote:
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this would be my guess as well

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He didn't ask who spent the most.
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9/23/2015 3:39pm
newmann wrote:
He didn't ask who spent the most.
He also didnt ask who lost the most and someone posted a picture of Reed.
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newmann wrote:
He didn't ask who spent the most.
Those are liquid assets, unlike cocaine, booze and strippers.
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newmann wrote:
He didn't ask who spent the most.
GrapeApe wrote:
Those are liquid assets, unlike cocaine, booze and strippers.
Wait a minute now, booze is not a liquid asset? Dammit Laughing

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newmann wrote:
He didn't ask who spent the most.
GrapeApe wrote:
Those are liquid assets, unlike cocaine, booze and strippers.
Cars aren't liquid...liquid is like a checking account or money market account (cash you can spend at will)...though those cars might be assets, you can't spend cars...you'd have to sell them (convert them to cash) and then spend it.

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Not sure if he was ever a "pro" rider back in the day, but without question the one who made the most from motocross post career (and from a product that started out being for moto), Jim Jannard has everyone covered. He sold Oakley, got on his yacht, and never looked back.

When you measure wealth in billions, not millions, you are doing just fine...

Of the more current group, I think MC laid the foundation for RC to really make a mint. I am sure they both did really well, but RC peaked at a time when the economy was booming so people were throwing crazy money around.
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9/23/2015 3:49pm Edited Date/Time 9/23/2015 3:50pm
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Although the dollar amount is larger than most normal people would ever be able to afford, when you add those vehicles up its really not that much for someone who's made what I'm assuming James has made

Edit: that wasn't meant to be directed at you, just wanted to quote the picture
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I'm not sure MC has made the most...I'm sure his factory salaries were a fraction of what RC and Reed were making in the early/mid '00's.

In my mind its gotta be RC or Reed....
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hvaughn88 wrote:
Although the dollar amount is larger than most normal people would ever be able to afford, when you add those vehicles up its really not [i]that[/i]...
Although the dollar amount is larger than most normal people would ever be able to afford, when you add those vehicles up its really not that much for someone who's made what I'm assuming James has made

Edit: that wasn't meant to be directed at you, just wanted to quote the picture
And how many of those exotics he has had were leased by sponsors or him.

The customized Camaros probably cost him a small fortune if he had them built. If he had them built, he could probably sell them for half of what he spent. Happens all the time, people spend $150,000.00 - 200,000.00 on a build or restoration and it fetches $60,000.00 at auction.
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9/23/2015 3:59pm
Compared to Rossi, moto guys are underpaid. Rossi made about 22 million last year.
9/23/2015 4:07pm
I'd go with RV. Homeboy made an easy million bucks in one night. He's Kawi's poster child with a green claw on his hats, he's also only been retired for like 5 months.
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9/23/2015 4:34pm
If you consider post retirement you might want to throw Jeff Ward in that mix. I have no idea if he made a lot, but he did do pretty well in car racing.
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9/23/2015 4:37pm
Not sure which we're referring to.

Moto-related only(salaries, bonuses, sponsorship deals, basically anything related to the sport): Stewart

If we're counting everything, including but not limited to; careers after moto, investments, non-moto business ventures, etc: Reed

All speculation on my part.
9/23/2015 4:43pm
Im guessing RC. MC is my favorite but he was just a little too early for the crazy money. If you throw Reed into the mix I bet he may edge out RC.

Regardless its a fraction of Nascar drivers.
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9/23/2015 4:51pm
I think part of this question was asked on Pulp recently (money strictly from racing career, not post-racing) and it was a unanimous vote that RC was the top dog. I'm pretty sure his post-racing career has only added to it with his brief stint of car racing, his personal sponsors like Monster, announcing salary from Feld, RCU, etc.
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9/23/2015 4:52pm
RC, I remember someone saying his goggle deal was worth more than some good riders entire salaries these days.
Someone else said RC would have earned 50-100 mil in his career.. and love or hate the guy - he does not seem like the type to waste a whole heap of money on bling bling.

JS7: Would have earned some great money in his time, If I recall rightly he was facing some financial troubles earlier in his career, but his Mom trained as an accountant or similar and got them back on track.

I thought someone on the forums mentioned that CR22 put all his savings into coal production in Aussie? - thats kind of turned to shit a bit now - I hope CR made it out ok. Lots of people on the forums claim chad is a "great businessman" because he uses basic things like counter offers to gain leverage in deals.. I have never seen anything from an outsider perspective that has been above and beyond.. he may be smarter at business than other pro riders, but that ain't saying much.

MC2 owns his ranch and a pretty nice McMansion + I guess gets paid for racing trucks & his Kawi mentor-ship / monster / spy etc. If I recall rightly he owns stock in spy from a deal back in the day.

TP199: Seems like a man of modest desires, not one to waste money on crap. He would earn great money off his various exploits these days / factory rides / championships in the past.

RV2: Is probably right up there next to RC in having earned the most from the sport. I can imagine him at 70 living in a normal modest house, with an armory featuring millions of dollars worth of guns.

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9/23/2015 4:57pm
I've always heard and thought it was RC. Think about it, he was in his prime during the most recent financial peak of the sport and got out right before it came crashing down.
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9/23/2015 5:26pm
some of the number thrown around here about what guys are making are insane , a majority of the guys make a salary and thats it .
look at it from a business someone is going to pay you to ride a motorcycle , look at what the companies make world wide in todays market there is not a lot of margin .

this isn't MX but Moto GP is a lot bigger the AMA motocross , here is something to think about .
I know a lot of Moto GP , WSBK , BSB and World Supermoto racers they don't make anywhere near what people think the top 4-6 in Moto GP make good money after that its a good salary-salary-pay , WSBK top guys on good salary-free-pay to be there , BSB is only salary -free or you pay , world supermoto 3-4 guys in the field get paid the rest paying to be there .

guy i know in Moto 3 in a top factory team , this is the first year he has been paid and he got 200k so far his father has spent 2 million buying his rides , anther guy first year it was 250,000 euro for his ride he had to pay

so put it this way ride / race your bike and enjoy it , but if you want to live in a big house and drive fancy car get a real job :-}}}
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9/23/2015 5:27pm
endurox wrote:
Compared to Rossi, moto guys are underpaid. Rossi made about 22 million last year.
Rossi made more than the rest of the moto GP paddock remember that
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9/23/2015 6:12pm Edited Date/Time 9/23/2015 6:15pm
travis gonna have them all beat if he hasn't already....and if he doesn't kill himself before it happens.
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9/23/2015 6:34pm
1. RC
2. MC
3. RV
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9/23/2015 7:00pm
Which Pro made the most?
Screw that I want to know who squandered the most on hookers and blow?
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9/23/2015 7:02pm
If your answer isn't RC you're not thinking clearly.
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9/23/2015 7:19pm
I'm thinking pastrana, he has done some many things its hard to bet again him in that area...freestyle, rally,NASCAR,nitro circus,nitro circus live,various red bull stunts,etc have all probably made him quite wealthy, RC may have him beat though,its probably close...

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