With Instagram charge of Rs 9 crore per post, Virat Kohli is world's richest cricketer
India’s batting sensation Virat Kohli, one of the most-followed cricketers in the world, has a huge fan base outside the country as well.
Believe it or not, Kohli has become the third athlete to complete 250 million followers on Instagram handle after soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. As per Stock Gro, Kohli has a net worth of Rs 1,050 crore, currently the highest among international cricketers.
The 34-year-old earns Rs 7 crore from his “A+” Team India contract. His match fee for each Test is Rs 15 lakh, ODI is Rs 6 lakh, and Rs 3 lakh per T20 match. The former India captain also earns Rs 15 crore annually from his Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
According to Stock Gro, Kohli also owns multiple brands, and has invested in seven start-ups which include Blue Tribe, Universal Sportsbiz, MPL, and Sports Convo, among others.
Kohli also endorses over 18 brands and charges a fee of Rs 7.5 crore to Rs 10 crore annually for shooting per advertisement, which is the most by an individual in Bollywood and sports industry. He earns around Rs 175 crore from such brand endorsements.
As far as social media is concerned, he charges Rs 8.9 crore and Rs 2.5 crore per post on Instagram and Twitter, respectively. He owns two properties — Mumbai (Rs 34 crore) and Gurugram (Rs 80 crore), and also owns luxury cars worth Rs 31 crore.
Apart from these, Kohli also owns the FC Goa Football Club, which competes in the Indian Super League, a tennis team, and a pro-wrestling team.
Kohli is on a break from the game and is expected to return to the field during India’s upcoming tour of West Indies where Team India is scheduled to play 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is.