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Aussie jumping into the big bucks
Aussie jumping into the big bucks

This female athlete grew up in Sydney but earns more than any NRL player.

Indeed, Edwina Tops-Alexander pocketed more in 2012 than all but three AFL players.

Business Review Weekly has released its list of the top-50 sports earners for the 2012 and Tops-Alexander makes the list at No.38 with $1.5 million.

Tops-Alexander, 38, is an Olympic equestrian who has collected some major purses from events in Europe over the northern summer.

As expected Andrew Bogut was our highest paid athlete at $13.5 million, although much of his year has been hindered by an ankle injury.

Ten golfers were in the top 50 Jason Day, Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Greg Chalmers, Mark Fraser, Brendan Jones, and Peter Senior.

BRW estimated Gary Ablett's worth at $2 million, including sponsorship, making him the highest paid AFL star.

Former AFL forward Sav Rocca was listed at No.35 after earning $1.8 million with Washington Redskins in the NFL.

Close on Bogut's tail was F1 driver Mark Webber (12 million), Scott ($10.5 million), bike champion Casey Stoner ($8 million) and Australian Test skipper Michael Clarke ($5.5 million).

Rounding out the top 10 were Dynamo Moscow's Luke Wilkshire ($5 million) and Major League pitcher Grant Balfour with $4 million.

Tops-Alexander and tennis ace Sam Stosur ($2.5 million) were the only females in the top 50.

Interestingly, both Michael Hussey and his brother David were listed at earning $2 million each through their various cricket exploits.

Another cricketer, Dan Christian, rounded out the top 50 with $1.2 million.