Lewis Hamilton tops Sunday Times Rich List as wealthiest stars unveiled

Lewis Hamilton is the most affluent active sports star in Rich List history with a £224 million fortune, according to the latest annual figures published by the Sunday Times.

Hamilton's wealth rose by £37m over the past year, thanks to a lucrative ongoing contract with Mercedes, taking him past the £200m mark boasted by David Beckham at the time of his retirement in 2013.

The Brit became a six-time world champion last year and has been linked with a move to Ferrari following the imminent departure of Sebastian Vettel but the Scuderia is set to pursue other avenues.

Hamilton's deal with Mercedes is set to expire at the end of the 2020 season but there is a willingness on both sides to extend the partnership.

The 35-year-old has said his future will rest on the next move of Silver Arrows team principal Toto Wolff, but with the Austrian ruling out a potential move to Aston Martin it looks increasing like Hamilton will stay at Mercedes and sign another lucrative deal.

Rory McIlroy is the only other sports star to make the main Rich List rankings, having seen his fortune rise by £32m to £170m on the back of a return to form and a series of sponsorship deals.

Gareth Bale tops sport's Young Rich List, with his fortune rising £20m to £114m despite a less-than-ideal campaign at Real Madrid.

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