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Hockey Fortune: $58,487,791

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Mario Lemieux’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $58,487,791 (US $116,472,687 in today's dollars), ranking #158 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: October 5, 1965
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
Salary History - Mario Lemieux
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Earnings
(US$)
In today's
US$
Rank
1981-82 $1,301 $4,360
Amount in Canadian currency: $1,560.
Earned a stipend of CDN $ 65/week with the Laval Voisins of the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League. (It was a $45 weekly stipend, according to La Presse.)
Source(s): Book: Mario Lemieux - Overcoming Adversity
1982-83 $1,265 $3,995
Amount in Canadian currency: $1,560.
Earned a stipend of CDN $ 65/week with the Laval Voisins of the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League. (It was a $45 weekly stipend, according to La Presse.)
Source(s): Book: Mario Lemieux - Overcoming Adversity
1983-84 $1,265 $3,870
Amount in Canadian currency: $1,560.
Earned a stipend of CDN $ 65/week with the Laval Voisins of the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League
Source(s): Book: Mario Lemieux - Overcoming Adversity
1984-85 $450,000 $1,319,936
On June 20, 1984, as a rookie, signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a total of $600,000 plus a one-year option and a $150,000 bonus. (According to the book A Season in Time, he signed a two-year contract for $350,000 per season plus bonus clauses that, if achieved, would add up to $1M. According to the books Mario Lemieux - Overcoming Adversity and Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, it was a two-year contract for $700,000. According to The Sporting News, signed a two-year plus one option year contract for $700,000: Signing bonus of $175,000 plus salary of $150,000 / $175,000 / $200,000.)
Source(s): The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1985-86 $300,000 $849,772
In December 1985, was rumored by La Presse to be on the verge of signing a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $2.5M plus bonuses. In early 1986, according to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, signed a five-year contract, starting in 1986-87, for $3.25M.
Source(s): The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1986-87 $550,000 $1,528,921
Source(s): Sport Magazine
1987-88 $867,000 $2,325,074
Also earned C $175,000 for french commercials for Diet Coke and Snickers. (Earned a salary of $567,000, $600,000 or $700,000 according to different editions of La Presse.)
Source(s): The Sporting News
1988-89 $2,000,000 $5,153,053
On November 29, 1988, signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a base salary of $1.6M plus bonuses increasing total earnings to nearly $2M. (Earned $1.5M according to La Presse.)
Source(s): The Sporting News / La Presse
1989-90 $2,500,000 $6,144,632 1
On August 22, 1989, signed a five-year contract worth $12M: yearly salary of $2M, a signing bonus of $500,000 and $1.5M in deferred payments. (or $3M in bonuses per another edition of The Sporting News.)
Source(s): The Sporting News / Canadian Press / Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey / La Presse
1990-91 $2,500,000 $5,830,017 2
One-way contract. Also got a team bonus of $500,000 for winning the Stanley Cup. (Made $2,177,000 according to the Canadian Press)
Source(s): The Hockey News
1991-92 $2,338,000 $5,230,844 3
1992-93 $3,600,000 $7,817,275 1
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93. On October 5, 1992, signed a seven-year guaranteed contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $42M weighted to the back end with the largest annual salaries in the final 3 years. There were some deferrals of salary payments that would come due after the actual playing life of the contract.
Source(s): The Hockey News / Book: Slim and None / Book: A Season in Time / Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey / Book: Mario Lemieux - Overcoming Adversity
1993-94 $5,000,000 $10,546,172 1
Includes base salary and any signing bonus and deferred payments allocated to the 1993-94 season.
Source(s): The Hockey News
1994-95 $2,326,531 $4,782,715 6
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $4,071,429 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source(s): Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $4,571,429 $9,141,058 4
Source(s): La Presse
1996-97 $11,321,000 $21,992,405 1
Scheduled to make $15M, including bonuses.
Source(s): La Presse / Maclean's
1997-98 $0 $0 767
Did not play.
1998-99 $0 $0 812
Did not play.
1999-00 $0 $0 782
Did not play. In September 1999, he acquired about 35% of the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins for $5M cash and the $20M he was owed in deferred money. The investment was worth hundreds of millions twenty years later.
Source(s): Sports Illustrated / The Hockey News
2000-01 $1,410,000 $2,494,930 223
Came out of retirement. As he was now a team owner and technically not a member of the NHL Players Association, it was agreed in negotiations with the players association that he would be paid the league's average salary of $1.41M.
Source(s): ABC News
2001-02 $5,250,000 $9,034,139 36
2002-03 $5,250,000 $8,893,012 41
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source(s): La Presse
2003-04 $5,250,000 $8,695,776 45
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,000,000 $4,680,731 84
Retired from pro-hockey after the season.
Source(s): La Presse
Career Total: US $58,487,791
(In today's dollars: US $116,472,687)

NHL Rank: 158
(In today's dollars: 55)