13. Dean Barker (sailing) – $1 million
At the helm of Team New Zealand since 2003, Dean Barker has resisted several big money offers to join overseas syndicates over the years, but still derives a healthy income from the Kiwi team. His annual salary with Team NZ during the last campaign, in which he came agonisingly close to snatching the America’s Cup from defenders Oracle Team USA, was rumoured to be around $1 million
Off the boat, Barker has also enjoyed serious financial success in the business world. He owns a half-share in Kiwi Yachting Consultants, a company that specialises in sourcing and supplying marine products. His investment portfolio also includes several commercial properties including a $3.5 million building on New North Rd, and commercial units in Papatoetoe valued at a combined $2.6 million based on 2011 valuations.
The 2004 Olympian and wife Mandy also have an impressive residential property portfolio. The couple sold their sprawling villa on one of Auckland’s most desirable streets in Herne Bay in April last year after buying the property next door a week earlier. The $5.8 million sale was the biggest in Auckland for that quarter. They also own a holiday home in Omaha valued at $2.3 million, and a $1 million home in Pt Chevalier.