Paul has been ranked as the second highest earner in the YouTube scene after netting $45 million across his business, while McGregor has earned $180 million after his sale of Whiskey company Proper Twelve
Jake Paul has been ranked behind Conor McGregor in total earnings for 2021 with the Irishman netting a bumper $180 million in and out of the UFC.
Meanwhile McGregor was rewarded lucratively despite losing to Dustin Poirier twice last year and will be eyeing redemption this year.
However the Irishman’s wealth was a bumper $180 million in 2021 making him the highest earning athlete in the world for the year.
McGregor earned an estimated $22 million according to Forbes during his time inside the cage with the rest of the earnings generated from other interests.
This includes the sale of his majority stake in Whiskey brand Proper Twelve to Proximo Spirits for around $150 million in April 2021.
His business created huge earnings while regularly being promoted on his social media which is another source of income for the UFC superstar.
Meanwhile the majority of YouTube star Paul’s earnings came from his three-fight boxing year which developed massively in 2021.
He fought Askren rallying to an early stoppage victory before challenging Woodley which he then won by split decision.
Paul was then set to meet British star Tommy Fury which may have earned him a significantly larger sum than fighting his eventual rematch with Woodley, who he brutally stopped in December.
However it was still a successful year for Paul who continued to raise his profile being ranked second in the YouTube list behind American streaming star Mr Beast.
Over 90% of his earnings were generated from his boxing career with his previously top earning YouTube platform now often used as a promotion tool for his boxing ventures.
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Jake’s brother Logan was ranked in ninth place on the YouTube list after his successful exhibition with undefeated star Floyd Mayweather earned him approximately $18 million.
The show with Mayweather was a huge success selling over 1 million pay-per-views and generating a huge interest globally.
McGregor earned significantly less for competing in sport than football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who were ranked in second and third place on the athlete list earning $130 million and $120 million respectively.
But his successful business moves outside of the promotion have led to his wealth expanding further as seen after investing in a $2.8 million custom Lamborghini yacht.
McGregor will be looking to continue to earn healthy purses within the UFC this year and will be looking for the biggest fights when he makes his return from a broken leg injury.
Eight of the top ten highest selling pay-per-views have involved McGregor including his illustrious tilt with Khabib Nurmagomedov which is the highest in the promotion’s history.
This could increase further if he is to pursue fights including a title clash with Charles Oliveira or a welterweight trilogy with Nate Diaz.
Paul and McGregor have also been thrown together to meet each other in the boxing ring which would no doubt be another huge wealth generator if it was to take place.