SCOTTISH tennis ace Andy Murray has seen his fortunes soar in more ways than one since making his big sporting breakthrough when he won the US Open last year.
Not only has the Olympic gold medallist risen up the ranking list to become world’s No 2 tennis player, his personal wealth has increased by more than £8 million in one year.
According to the Sports Rich List, published at the weekend and identifying the top 100 earners among British and Irish sports personalities, the Scot is now worth a staggering £32m – with prize money and sponsorship deals making up the majority of his fortune.
The extra millions he earned in the last year also means he has risen ten places in the Rich List to No 32.
But Murray is well behind the leading Scot on the list.
At No 5 there is no change for former racing driver Johnny Dumfries who is still valued at the £110m he was worth last year.
His massive fortune, which has been amassed from a combination of motor racing, art and land, means he is the wealthiest Scot on the list.
Former F1 driver David Coulthard, at No 12 on the list, has seen his fortune rise £3m to an impressive £53m, while another famous Scottish driver, Dario Franchitti has also seen his bank balance rise from £46m to £50m.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is now worth £34m , £2m more than this time last year which puts him 26th on the Sunday Times Rich List, while golfer Colin Montgomerie is currently sitting just behind Murray at No 33 with £30m.
However, David Beckham, the former England and Manchester United footballer, remains the highest earner in British sport.
Boxers, golfers, racing drivers and basketball players – fall by the wayside as the global “brand Beckham” dominates with the 38-year-old amassing a fortune of £165m. And that does not include his wife’s bank balance of £35m.
Beckham’s wealth, amassed from endorsement deals and salary payments from his company, Footwork Productions, over the past decade, make him easily the richest British sports star of all time.
But he is still some way off the richest sportsman in the world – golfer Tiger Woods, who is worth a staggering £570m .
Wayne Rooney is the richest Barclays Premier League player, with a personal fortune of £51m.
The striker is ahead of former team-mate Rio Ferdinand (£42m), and Michael Owen (£38m).
Footballers account for £1.3 billion of the £3.2bn accrued by the top earners and make up nearly half of the 100 Rich List.
The list of the top 100 includes 49 footballers, 12 golfers, 12 from the world of motor sport. Lennox Lewis is the highest paid boxer at £95m.
The Rich List is based on identifiable wealth, including land, property, assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies, but excludes bank accounts.
ANDY MURRAY’S BIG-MONEY YEAR