3. LeBron James
LeBron James is the third wealthiest athlete who plays for the Miami Heat of the NBA (National Basketball Association). Born on December 30, 1984, this American professional is six foot, eight inch tall and is an NBA champion. Nicknamed King James, he has won several prizes such as NBA Most Useful Player, NBA Rookie of the Season, NBA All-Star and four All-Defensive honors. His leadership and list of achievements have led several basketball analysts, writers and experts to regard him the best basketball player in the NBA today.