One of the toughest things in any relationship is trying to figure out who wears the pants. This can mean many things, but usually it means who is making the money in the relationship. For professional athletes, their wives and girlfriends can rarely compete in the finance department, but as you'll see by the following examples, there are quite a few incredible exceptions.
We all know the male ego is fragile and that only gets worse if you are a professional athlete, but we don't believe these athletes are jealous of their more successful spouses. Instead they probably love the fact that they are not the only ones supporting their families and may be even happier knowing that they can likely retire in comfort while their spouse continues to support them. Being with these hugely successful and powerful women can also build their legacy, and actually help their careers in the long term (unless you ask Kris Humphries, who suffered more than he gained from his short-lived marriage to Kim Kardashian).
While many pro athletes are obscenely rich, that doesn't mean they can't meet a woman who happens to be a model ,actress, singer... or Kardashian. This may sound funny, but even someone who is very rich may feel poor when compared to someone who makes 10-20 times what they earn. With that said, here are 15 Rich Athletes Who Are Worth Peanuts Compared To Their Wives/Girlfriends! We include former wives/girlfriends as well, since it has to hurt these athletes knowing they are losing out on some serious cash.
15 Mike Fisher (Carrie Underwood)
When you think of Nashville, you have to think of country music. These days when you think of country music, you can't help but think of Carrie Underwood. Many people are very familiar with Ms. Underwood's incredible career in music, but few are aware that she is married to former Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher.
While Fisher was a well-paid NHL player, his earnings don't even come close to those of his beautiful wife.
At last check she is worth a cool $55 million dollars, which should ensure that the now retired Mike Fisher will be financially secure well into the future. I wonder if her incredible bank account had anything to do with his decision to hang up the skates?
14 Blake Griffin (Kendall Jenner)
Blake Griffin is a very rich and very lucky man. He gets to play basketball in California, and the LA Clippers gave him a handsome $173 million contract to do so. If that wasn't enough, he is also currently dating the one and only Kendall Jenner. While many of you may be ready to scream "Kardashian Curse", hear me out.
Kendall Jenner has grown into a very smart business woman. Her social media fame has made one of the most famous people on earth, and her makeup empire is projected to be worth over $1 BILLION in just a couple of years. Knowing that, we're sure Blake Griffin might be contemplating an early retirement. He had better put a ring on her quick though!
13 Eric Johnson (Jessica Simpson)
Tony Romo is one of the best paid and most famous football players in recent memory, so it is no surprise Jessica Simpson was attracted to him. What is surprising is that the Texas match made in heaven ended abruptly and Jessica Simpson moved on to another NFL player. Only this time he was much less well-paid and far less well-known.
His name is Eric Johnson, and while he was an NFL tight end in San Francisco and New Orleans, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who remembers him too well. Either way, he managed to woo Simpson and now gets to enjoy her vast wealth. Talk about getting lucky!
12 Tim Hasselbeck (Elisabeth Hasselbeck)
Tim Hasselbeck was unlucky enough to play for every team in the NFC East except the Dallas Cowboys, and then play for the eternally cursed Buffalo Bills. However, Tim's luck changed when he met and married Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
While Tim earned good money in the NFL, that is nothing compared to his beautiful wife.
The reality television star turned TV host has appeared on everything from Survivor to The View, and has collected some serious cash in that time. She has an estimated net worth of $12 million. With the wholesome image she portrays on television it is easy to be very jealous of Tim Hasselbeck as he seems to have got the perfect woman by his side.
11 Dion Phaneuf (Elisha Cuthbert)
Being a pro hockey player is great and all, but it has to feel bad seeing your North American counterparts in the NFL, NBA, and NFL regularly getting tens of millions of dollars every year while the highest paid NHL player in the entire league only makes around $14 million. At last check, Dion Phaneuf had a respectable Net Worth of about $5 million while earning $7 million this year with the Ottawa Senators.
Meanwhile his wife (Elisha Cuthbert) has a net worth of around $20 million. The actress has starred in many popular films and has clearly done a good job of saving her money. The couple seem genuinely happy despite the large gap in worth, probably because money is really not a problem for them.
10 Lamar Odom (Khloe Kardashian)
Yes, Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are no longer an item. However when they were, they were one of the most talked-about couples in the world.
With Odom playing for the LA Lakers, one would think that he was guaranteed to be the highest earner in the relationship.
However, Khloe has been on the rise and doesn't seemed poised to stop. While her net worth is hovering around $40 million dollars and counting, her new relationship with Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson means that she could easily see it climb over the $100 million mark over time. Odom has instead struggled in his personal life, and has to be sad about losing out on some seriously large living with the Kardashian gang.
9 Jarret Stoll (Erin Andrews)
Jarret Stoll has had the privilege of playing professional hockey in two of the United States biggest cities, having played for the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers. While he earned some great money, his biggest score was being able to win over Fox Sports TV personality Erin Andrews.
When Andrews is not giving us the latest on the NFL,she is earning some serious money. While this couple's net worths were actually very similar for a while, Andrews' recent victory in a lawsuit involving a stalker at a Marriott hotel saw her win upwards of $55 million, though she may only ever see one fifth of that. While the circumstances of winning that money are terrible, it may definitely help Stoll feel more comfortable when he decides to retire. She will also have a much longer career than Stoll, meaning more money is on the horizon.
8 Gerard Pique (Shakira)
Despite rumours of a split earlier this year, Gerard Pique and Shakira appear to still be going strong. The definition of a power couple, the FC Barcelona star and the Colombian pop star have two sons together and are obscenely wealthy.
While Pique has a mind-bending net worth of $40 million, Shakira blows him completely out of the water with a net worth of $220 million.
She is clearly not with him for his money, but maybe she just likes being able to say she is with an international soccer star. On top of this he is 10 years younger than Shakira, which means she is clearly capable of attracting men of any age.
7 Daniel Gibson (Keyshia Cole)
Daniel Gibson spent his entire NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but started only 77 games in 7 seasons. The reason most people still talk about him is because he was lucky enough to impress popular singer Keyshia Cole, who has a net worth of roughly $9.5 million. The two were in a relationship together that eventually led to a reality television series. However, their relationship wouldn't go the distance as they separated a short time later. We can't help but wonder if their troubles stemmed the large gap in finances, and whether or not he could have remained with Cole if he made similar money to his former teammate LeBron James.
6 Jason Sehorn (Angie Harmon)
Jason Sehorn made every girl in America jealous of Angie Harmon by doing something extremely courageous. On an episode of Jay Leno's Tonight Show, he publicly proposed to Harmon and the two were married until 2015.
Sehorn was an NFL cornerback who played for the New York Giants and St. Louis Rams, but never really cemented himself among the greats (or even the mediocres). He was lucky to woo Angie Harmon, who was a star on TV shows like Law and Order as well as Rizzoli & Isles. Her net worth is estimated at over $20 million, and has clearly had very little trouble moving on from Sehorn. Jason remarried earlier in 2017.
5 Tito Ortiz (Jenna Jameson)
While not many guys know who Tito Ortiz might be, we are sure that a whole lot of them know who Jenna Jameson is (although they may deny it to their own wife or girlfriend). The reason for this is that Ortiz is a former UFC heavyweight champion while Jameson is perhaps the most iconic woman in the adult film industry.
Her net worth ha been estimated near $20 million dollars while his has hovered around $15 million. The couple had two children together but were divorced by 2013.
While this certainly must have been sad for Ortiz, give him credit for fulfilling the fantasy of so many teenage boys out there.
4 Hank Baskett (Kendra Wilkinson)
Keeping with the theme of teenage fantasies, who doesn't remember having a box of magazines under their bed full of pin-ups and centrefolds? Just me? Anyway, if you are among those who still remember getting "entertainment" from magazines, many of you will know Kendra Wilkinson. She is a former playmate who has also ventured into reality television.
Baskett had a forgettable NFL career after playing only 5 seasons. He only managed to get just under 1100 yards in those 5 seasons, which is just not enough for a wide receiver. While their net worths are actually fairly close, it it safe to assume the Wilkinson will continue to earn more than her husband, whose football days are far behind him.
3 Andy Roddick (Brooklyn Decker)
A former holder of the No 1 overall rank in the world during his illustrious tennis career, Andy Roddick made some serious money. However, While he may be worth a pretty penny, he has to compete with his wife, Brooklyn Decker.
The former Sports Illustrated model has moved seamlessly into the world of film and television and is only getting richer, while Roddick's career is far behind him.
While most guys would have their ego hurt by this, we imagine that Roddick is happy knowing his legacy is cemented firmly in tennis history and his beautiful wife is bringing home the bacon for him. He is living the dream of every single man on the planet!
2 Mike Comrie (Hilary Duff)
Most of you might be thinking the same thing: Mike who? Mike Comrie was a forward in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes, which may explain why few people remember him. Before retiring from hockey he was able to start a relationship with Disney star Hilary Duff. Duff became a household name from her appearance on the hit show Lizzie McGuire.
Duff is the clear high earner in the relationship, continuing to do everything from acting to singing and modelling. She continues to have a massive following on social media, while Comrie has been able to fly far under the radar in retirement. The two have split, but still remain close for the sake of their children. At least he has that going for him!
1 Tom Brady (Gisele Bundchen)
You would think that a salary in the tens of millions of dollars per year, countless sponsorship deals and five Super Bowl rings would be enough to make sure your partner could never earn more than you, but here we are. Considered by many to the definition of power couple, Tom Brady married Gisele Bundchen, creating one of the most wealthy and famous couples of all time in the process.
While Brady's net worth has been reported at roughly $180 million dollars, Gisele has used her incredible modelling career to nearly double that to about $360 million.
The couple may seem bizarre (brazilian super model and all-American QB) but they appear to be genuinely happy together. It doesn't hurt that money is not an object.