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Tiger Woods is synonymous with the sport of golf, but he can not be associated with money. Forbes announced on June 10 that Tiger, 46, became a billionaire, “raking in over $1.7 billion in salary, endorsements and other income over the course of his 27-year career—more than anyone else Forbes has tracked,” per the publication. Tiger’s estimated net worth is “at least $1 billion,” according to Forbes, making him the third athlete to do so.

This accomplishment is even more noteworthy considering how Tiger turned down  a “mind-blowingly enormous” offer from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour, a deal that LIV CEO Greg Norman told the Washington Post would have been somewhere in the “high nine digits.” The newly-minted LIV Golf Tour has already drawn away talents like six-time PGA major champion Phil Mickelson, two-time major champ Dustin Johnson, and longtime Ryder Cup participants Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, and Sergio Garcia, per ESPN. The PGA Tour subsequently banned golfers from their tournament and services over their participation in the LIV Series, citing the players making “their choice for their own financial-based reasons.”

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The majority of Tiger’s career net worth comes from endorsement deals. Gatorade, Monster Energy, TaylorMade, Rolex and Nike, who Forbes notes is Tiger’s biggest backer, are some of the brands that make up more than 90% of his worth. “Brands love knowing they’re getting someone who is embraced not just by the traditional but also by the casual fans,” veteran sports business consultant and Columbia lecturer Joe Favorito told Forbes. Tiger has also ventured into a golf design business, a live events production company, and a restaurant. He’s also invested his money in various ventures, including a luxury minigolf organization.

Also, Tiger has taken a couple of hits to the wallet throughout his career. He lost a lot of sponsors following the adultery scandal uncovered by his Thanksgiving 2009 car crash. However, Tiger has recovered and now joins LeBron James and Michael Jordan in the billionaire sports stars club.

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LeBron, 37, officially became a billionaire at the start of June, according to Forbes. After earning “$121.2 million before taxes and agents’ fees” over 12 months, LeBron became the first active basketball player to cross that mark. Like Tiger, James has invested his money and scored big with branding. He “has raked in upwards of $900 million in income from endorsements and other business ventures,” per Forbes.

Michael, 59, didn’t reach the billionaire mark until 2014, more than a decade after “His Airness” retired. Jordan’s investment in the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, plus his other business ventures, finally pushed him over that line, making him the first athlete to claim “billionaire” status.

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Richard Wilkins has no time for haters.

The TV personality has come to his son’s defence on Instagram, after people criticised Christian’s Logies red carpet outfit.

“So… to anyone who dares to suggest that I am in any way ‘ashamed’ of my son Christian .. for whatever reason… You are wrong!” he wrote.

“I could not be more proud!!,” Richard continued. “He is an exceptional human being who will leave his stamp on the world long after his detractors have disappeared. I love you unconditionally.”

He also has “proud dad” in his Instagram bio.

Earlier this week, Christian responded to trolls on Twitter who said that his choice to wear a dress was “not normal”.

“All I can really say is that I’m amazed at how vulnerable the patriarchy is that it can be threatened by a piece of silk,” he told 9Honey.

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The majority of the responses to Wilkins’ red carpet choice were positive, many praising him for wearing something other than the standard tuxedo most men wear to the event.

And the love for Christian continued flowing in the comment section of Richard’s Instagram post.

Today host Karl Stefanovic wrote: “Beyond exceptional. He is a light. A beautiful human light. Who comes from beautiful humans. And light. Anyone who thinks otherwise ain’t worth knowing or paying attention to you. I love you guys so much.”

Reporter Leila McKinnon also weighed in: “If we are assembling an army against whoever cast doubt on the beautiful relationship between two of my favourite humans then count me in!”

“I can only dream of having such a close relationship with my daughters when they’re adults,” added Belinda Russell.

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Christian and Richard have always had a close bond.

In 2020, Christian told Women’s Weekly that “people would be very surprised at how much we both look at each other for support in terms of life, love and career.”

Richard has five kids. “I’m enormously proud of each of them and supportive, protective and, hopefully, loving,” he said in the same interview. “I’m being the best father that I know how to be. And I’m certainly a much better dad now than I was when my first child was born.”

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“I’ve also been struggling with the challenges I face in my career,” she wrote. “I’ve been wanting to be a country singer since I was nine years old and sometimes, I feel like I’m constantly in a battle with the rest of the industry to prove to them that I’m not just a TV personality or an influencer because that has outshined my music.”

“As a woman in 2022,” the mom of three continued, “I don’t understand why I can’t have a family, publish books, own a fashion brand, be an influencer, and do TV without being questioned if I take my music career seriously just because I’ve chosen to dream big.”

After cancelling several shows, Jessie felt that she “let so many people down.” As a result, “it sent me down a spiral again of depression and made me worried no one would want to come once the tour is back up running later this summer.”

With more shows kicking off June 29 in Nashville, Jessie is working through her pain. She’s also receiving support from friends and family including husband Eric Decker who commented, “Love you!! Your vulnerability is inspiring and beautiful.”

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