Valentino Rossi is one of the most popular riders in MotoGP history, but what is his net worth?
The Doctor, who starts second on the grid at Silverstone today, is a six-time MotoGP championship having been racing at the highest level for two decades.
He’s contracted to Yamaha until at least the end of 2020 after signing a two-year contract extension in 2018.
Speculation has been growing that Rossi could quit racing this year, but no announcement has been made.
He hasn’t won a championship title since 2009 but remains a huge draw for motorsport fans around the globe.
Marc Marquez is the dominant figure in the premier class now, although Rossi’s charisma and cheeky persona continues to win him admirers.
Valentino Rossi net worth: How much is he worth?
Rossi is thought to be worth a hefty $140million (£106m) after 20 years at the top.
He has a big-money deal with Japanese manufacturer Yamaha which is expected to continue in some capacity even after he finally retires.
Rossi takes home extra cash from significant merchandise sales that bare his famous name.
The veteran has also nurtured and successfully marketed his VR46 brand which provides another lucrative source of revenue.
He makes even more money from a plethora of motorsport-related sponsorship deals. Forbes reference the likes of Monster Energy, Oakley and Bridgestone.
Valentino Rossi net worth: When will he retire?
BT Sport pundit Neil Hodgson reckons Rossi’s limited competitiveness this season could prompt him to call it quits.
“My gut feeling is if he continues like this until the end of the year, I can’t see him wanting to do another year,” he told Starsport last month.
“Nobody would think any less of him if he went: ‘I’m not enjoying it like I did in the past’.
“He doesn’t want to be known as the man who can’t quite get on the podium.
“There is the potential that Rossi retires – and Yamaha won’t mind. If he does decide not to race at the end of the year, he’ll still be a lifetime ambassador.
“They’ll be thinking about it. But Yamaha, as a manufacturer, will be looking at the bigger picture.
“Yamaha go racing to sell motorcycles and as long as you’ve got Valentino Rossi sitting on a Yamaha you’ll sell a shed load.”
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