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Martes, 15 de julio de 2008 - 11:09 GMT
Woods, primer deportista billonario
El golfista estadounidense Tiger Woods.

Tiger 'to be sporting billionaire'

The golfer Tiger Woods is expected to become the first person to make a billion dollars through sporting ability alone. The claim was made in this week's Forbes magazine which ranks the world's richest people in its annual celebrity 100 list.

Here's our Sports News Reporter Alex Capstick:

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Forbes magazine says Tiger Woods made $115m last year alone, nearly twice as much as the second placed sportsman on the list, the English footballer David Beckham. It predicts he'll make history as the first sportsman or woman to pass the billion mark in 2010.

The magazine is careful to point out that the clarification does not include wealthy individuals who happen to enjoy sport, such as the owner of the winning yacht at the America's Cup Ernesto Bertarelli. He was already Switzerland's richest man when he entered the glitzy world of top level sailing. Tiger Woods has made his fortune because he's a very good golfer.

He has won 50 tournaments faster than any other player, and is closing in on Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship victories. The magazine says nine-tenths of his earnings so far in his career have come from endorsements worth 750 million dollars. His good looks and courteous manner makes him very attractive to sponsors like Buick, Gillette and Nike.

The television ratings are another gauge of his popularity, when Tiger Woods is playing the viewing figures increase by at least a third. TV executives will no doubt be looking forward to his return as Tiger Woods is expected to miss the rest of the season while he recovers from knee surgery.

Alex Capstick, BBC Sports News Reporter

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make history as
marcar un hito o pasar a la historia (por hacer algo importante)

glitzy
glamuroso, ostentoso

closing in on
se está acercando o le está pisando los talones a (Jack Nicklaus)

endorsements
promociones y publicidad

courteous manner
cortesía y buenos modales

television ratings
índices de audiencia en televisión

gauge of his popularity
indicador de su popularidad

viewing figures
cifras de audiencia

recovers from knee surgery
se recupera de una operación en su rodilla



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