The captain of the Chinese swimming team, Sun Yang, is the only athlete to make it into the prestigious “Forbes China Celebrity List of 2017.”
The list, compiled by Forbes China, surveys the popularity and income of leaders in movies, sports, media and music in China.
In the latest rankings, published on Friday, Sun is placed at number 69. He also has the honor of being the most successful Chinese Athlete in terms of income.
Sun Yang is the only swimmer in the world to win gold medals in men’s 200-meter crawl, 400-meter crawl, 800-meter crawl, 1500-meter crawl at the same event; is the world-record holder in the men’s 1500-meter crawl and the Olympic-record holder in the men’s 400-meter crawl; and ranks third in the number of gold medals in world level competition, coming second only to Phelps and Lochte.
At last year’s Rio Olympic Game, Sun Yang reached the peak of popularity, with 32 million followers on Weibo. Sun Yang’s spectacular performance in Rio’s Olympic Games inevitably improved his commercial value. It is estimated that his current annual income is in excess of 60 million yuan (About 9 million USD).
Chinese Tennis player Li Na was ranked second in 2014, with an annual income of over 141 million yuan (About 2 million USD), and came 15th in 2015 and 2016. Badminton star Lin Dan and Football player Zheng Zhiyi have also both appeared on the list, but are absent from the rankings this year.
In this year’s “China celebrity list”, mainland entertainers make up the majority. Famous film star Fan Bingbing has topped the list for the fifth year in a row with an annual income of up to 300 million yuan (About 45.5 million USD).
Young idol Lu Han and actress Yang Mi are ranked second and third respectively.
In addition to the “China celebrity list”, Forbes China also released a “top 30 elites under the age 30” this year, which includes 7 athletes, 6 of which saw success at last year’s Rio Olympic Game.
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