Tiger Woods is one of the most celebrated golfers in history and one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Eldrick Tont ‰ÛÏTiger‰Û Woods was born in Cypress, California on December 30, 1975. He is of mixed ethnic heritage and is African-American, Thai, Chinese, Dutch, and Native American. Tiger Woods was a golf prodigy, coached by his father from early childhood. He attended Stanford on a golf scholarship for two years before beginning his phenomenal professional career in 1996. He was married to Norwegian-born Elin Nordegren from 2004-2010. They divorced after a highly public scandal regarding his multiple extra-marital affairs. He and Nordegren have two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie. He is currently dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
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2. Income & Salary
Tiger Woods has had an unbelievable career with 79 PGA wins and 40 European tour wins. 14 of his PGA wins were majors and he is one of only five golfers in history to have won the Career Grand Slam. His stellar career is reflected in his earnings. He has been PGA Money Leader nine times as of 2013 and has won the most PGA earnings of any golfer in history. He has won over $100 million in PGA earnings over the years. In addition to PGA winnings, Tiger Woods has many lucrative endorsement deals with a large number of companies including American Express, Gatorade, Nike. His prize winnings and endorsement deals have earned him well over $1 billion in gross career earnings.
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3. Estimated Net Worth
After a rocky few years, Tiger Woods is again the highest paid athlete in the world. A 2009 estimate, prior to his divorce and hiatus from golf, estimated his net worth at over $600 million. Elin Nordegren‰Ûªs divorce settlement is unconfirmed, but rumored to have been approximately $110 million. As of 2012, Tiger Woods‰Ûª career is back on track. He earned a total of $78 million during 2012 and early 2013. He earned over $13 million in winnings during that time, with the remainder coming from endorsements and appearance fees.