Once they’ve called it a day, most sports stars either disappear back into obscurity, land a regular job or spend time enjoying their well-earned riches. However, some actually end up pursuing second careers that ultimately prove to be more rewarding than any time in competition. So here’s a look at 20 of the most successful former athletes who made it even bigger after quitting their respective sports.
20. Jason Statham
Jason Statham became arguably the ultimate action hero of the ’00s thanks to films like The Transporter and Crank. But before Guy Ritchie gave him his first major role in 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, the Englishman was best known as a professional diver who competed for his country at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
19. Alex Snow
Alex Snow enjoyed success on the rugby field as a lock forward for both British team Harlequins and the England A team. However, his biggest career move came when he swapped the locker room for the boardroom and entered the world of stockbroking. It was certainly a lucrative move, anyway, as in 2011 his firm Evolution was reportedly sold to Investec for a whopping sum of around $350 million.