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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 April, 2004, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Beckham tops rich list
David Beckham
David Beckham is the wealthiest young sportsman in Britain, according to the 2004 Sunday Times Rich List.

The England captain has a combined fortune of 65m with wife Victoria.

Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler, Liverpool's Michael Owen and boxer Naseem Hamed share second with 25m in the list of sportsmen under 30.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who made his money from the oil industry, is Britain's richest person with a fortune estimated at 2.5bn.

The Russian has spent over 100m since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

Formula One is well represented, with supremo Bernie Ecclestone, worth 2.3bn, featuring in the overall top 10 at eighth.

Former F1 driver Eddie Irvine, meanwhile, heads Britain's sport stars with an estimated personal fortune of 153m, making him the country's 267th richest man.

RICHEST YOUNG SPORTSMEN
1 David Beckham 65m
2= Robbie Fowler 25m
2= Naseem Hamed 25m
2= Michael Owen 25m
5= Sol Campbell 20m
5= Steve Nash 20m
7= Dario Franchitti 17m
7= Ryan Giggs 17m
9= Jenson Button 14m
9= Rio Ferdinand 14m
9= Juan Veron 14m
The sport is also represented in the young sportsmen list for those under 30, with Jenson Button's 14m enough for ninth, equal with footballers Rio Ferdinand and Juan Veron.

Dario Franchitti's career in the US-based Indy Racing League has earned him an estimated 17m, as much as Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.

Dallas Mavericks' guard Steve Nash, who has reaped 17m playing basketball in America, is the nation's fifth richest young sportsman.

Several football club owners make the overall list.

The Moores family, who own Liverpool, are 25th overall with 1.1bn, while Birmingham duo David Sullivan and David Gold are worth more than 1bn combined.

Fulham owner Mohamad al-Fayed's 470m puts him equal 81st.

The richest man in Scottish football is Rangers' David Murray with 450m.


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