World's richest tennis player has four times net worth of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
The world's richest tennis player has four times the net worth of two of the games’ most successful players, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Former star Ion Tiriac, who played during the 1960s and 1970s, only pocketed around £200,000 during his career.
Since then, the 1970 Roland Garros men’s doubles champion has made a slew of astute investments and now has a massive net worth of approximately £1.5bn.
Following his retirement from the game, the Romanian forayed into coaching and worked with the likes of compatriot Ilie Nastase and Boris Becker during his youth.
The 82-year-old owns the ATP Madrid Open and has made a significant impact in helping to expand the tennis market.
Perhaps Tiriac’s most lucrative investment came following the Cold War, when he opened a privately-owned bank, the first to do so in Romania.
After achieving huge success with the Tiriac Bank, he has branched out into retail, insurance and airline businesses under the company called Tiriac Holdings.
That’s not all, as the former athlete owns a private jet, which he can fly as he is a qualified pilot.
Tiriac owns a giant luxury apartment complex in the Romanian capital Bucharest, which also contains one of the country's most elite and exclusive country clubs.
He is said to own more than 500 cars which range from classic models from over 100 years ago and the latest modern supercars.
It is believed he is the only perso n in the world that personally owns two Rolls-Royce Phantom IVs.
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By 2007 he made history after Forbes named him Romania's first billionaire.
His net worth ranks with some of the highest in the world such as basketball legend Michael Jordan and WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
The business mogul was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.