There’s a lot of money to be made in the world of professional skateboarding. Millions, in fact. According to TheRichest.com, these are the Top 10 wealthiest skateboarders in the world. Some are young, but many are legends of the sport. Their fortunes come from a combination of pro riding, sponsorships and business partnerships. If you’ve got kids that are good skateboarders, you should definitely encourage them to follow their dreams.
9. Anthony Mosley (Tie)
With a net worth of $10 million, Anthony Mosley easily makes the list of Top 10 wealthiest skateboarders. Known for his showmanship, Mosley has been riding since he was 13. He has given back to the community by setting up and funding skateboarding clinics in LA. His income comes from sponsorships and business deals.
9. Lance Mountain (Tie)
50-year-old Lance Mountain made a big name for himself in the 1980s as part of the Bones Brigade. He's now worth $10 million. Mountain still skates and is sponsored by Nike SB and Flip.
6. Eric Koston (Tie)
Eric Koston's net worth is estimated to be in the neighbourhood of $15 million. He turned pro in 1993. Now 39, he still skates professionally. His income comes from endorsement deals and ownership stakes in several companies.
6. Tony Alva (Tie)
Tony Alva is considered to be one of the world's most influential skateboarders, ranking 8th on Transworld SKATEboarding magazine's '30 Most Influential Skaters' list. The 57-year-old was a member of the infamous Z-Boys skateboarding team. Most of his $15 million fortune comes from endorsements and his own skateboarding company.
6. Rob Dyrdek (Tie)
Rob Dyrdek is another skateboarder with a net worth of $15 million. In addition to earning big bucks from endorsements and business partnerships, the 40-year-old has become a reality TV star. Dyrdek also holds numerous skateboarding world records.
4. Chad Muska (Tie)
Chad Muska has been called one of the most marketable pros skateboarding has ever seen. And his $16 million net worth is certainly evidence of that. The 37-year-old's fortune is a combination of sponsorships, riding and a side career as a DJ.
4. Ryan Sheckler (Tie)
24-year-old Ryan Sheckler is the youngest person in the Top 10. His net worth is estimated at $16 million – much of which comes from big name sponsors like Red Bull, Oakley and Go Pro. He established the 'Sheckler Foundation' in 2008 to help injured athletes and disadvantaged kids.
3. Rodney Mullen
Rodney Mullen is another old skool pro. He's amassed a fortune of $30 million from skateboarding, business partnerships and public speaking. The 48-year-old is credited with inventing dozens of skateboarding tricks. In 2004 he co-wrote his autobiography The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself.
2. Stavros Niarchos III
Now we're getting into the big money. With a net worth of $100 million, Stavros Niarchos III is the second wealthiest skateboarder in the Top 10. He's also a professional kiteboarder and dater of starlets. His fortune didn't all come from sport – he's an heir to his family's $2 billion shipping business.
1. Tony Hawk
And at #1: Tony Hawk. His estimated net worth is $120 million, which he earned through riding, sponsorships, acting and running his own company. The 46-year-old has a foundation that supports disadvantaged children and has helped build more than 400 skateparks. 'The Birdman' is ranked as one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.