The Olympics are watched by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world every four years. Because of their international exposure, many Olympic athletes become well known throughout the world and are able to parlay their popularity and recognition into successful careers – as spokesmen, product endorsers and entrepreneurs. We’ve put together a list of the most successful Olympic athletes, many of whom have built eight figure fortunes and some of whom are household names. We hope you’ll find these interesting:
1. Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
Net Worth: $100 million
Nationality: United States
Competed/Won: Won Gold Medal: 1976 in Montreal
Interesting Facts: Caitlyn Jenner competed in the Olympics as Bruce Jenner. She is perhaps best known now for her very public transformation from Bruce (a man) to Caitlyn (a woman). At the time she won the Gold in the Decathlon, she was considered the greatest athlete in the world.