16. Ross Taylor (cricket)$930,000
New Zealand Cricket’s first $1 million man in the Indian Premier League, Taylor’s earnings have shrunk a little in recent seasons with the money not flowing as freely in the Indian Leagues as it once was. But the ever-consistent Taylor is still one of the country’s highest earners in sport.
Taylor receives a top tier contract with NZ cricket, estimated to be worth $195,000. When you throw match fees into the mix, he could clear more than $350,000 a year with the Black Caps. But it is in the Twenty20 leagues where he has made his riches. In 2011 Taylor was snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals for $1.32 million – the biggest pay day for a Kiwi cricketer. The following year he took up a contract with the Delhi Daredevils, worth about $1.1 million. But Taylor took a significant pay cut this year when he was not picked up in the first round of the IPL auction, and was later sold to the Daredevils for $390,000.
He also played in the Caribbean Premier League for Trinidad and Tobago for a contract said to be worth at least $100,000.
Taylor is a brand ambassador with Gunn & Moore international. The deal, which is highly incentivised, is believed to be worth about $80,000.
He owns three properties in Hamilton and one in Palmerston North.