When it comes to sports, few disciplines are as lucrative as pro wrestling. In fact, the WWE makes as much as $650 million a year, and anyone stepping into the ring can expect a huge paycheck. However, it takes brains as well as brawn to truly become successful at the sport. Yes, these wrestlers’ knack for both business and bashing has made them the richest stars in the profession’s history.
20. André the Giant: $10 million
Known for his colossal height of 7 foot 4 inches, André “the Giant” Roussimoff was utterly deserving of his fearsome name. Moreover, the French wrestler and actor had some serious business savvy. Prior to his 1993 death, for instance, Roussimoff had amassed a $10 million fortune through numerous appearances in WrestleMania and films like 1987’s The Princess Bride.
19. David Otunga: $10 million
In 2009, after a brief career as a lawyer, David Otunga took to the ropes and reaped huge rewards. In fact, as of 2016, the ex-brawler is worth an estimated $10 million, a figure earned from wrestling, commentary and film appearances. His marriage to actress Jennifer Hudson probably hasn’t hurt his finances, either.