Share this on:
NHL Fortune: $157,206,174

Description

Gary Bettman’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $157,206,174 (US $187,493,147 in today's dollars), ranking #1 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Did you know that Gary Bettman has accumulated the largest NHL fortune with $150M?

Put your 144-character ad/message here, on Gary Bettman's page, for US $25 for one year.
Only one ad per player! Act now: Details and secure payment.
Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1992-93 $0 $0 1109
On February 1, 1993, became Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: The New York Times
1998-99 $1,700,000 $2,818,907 139
Source: Sports Business Journal
1999-00 $1,144,100 $1,856,467 241 -$555,900 -33%
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2000-01 $1,700,000 $2,668,467 180 $555,900 49%
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2001-02 $1,700,000 $2,595,075 211
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2002-03 $1,700,000 $2,554,536 226
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2003-04 $3,770,000 $5,539,416 86 $2,070,000 122%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: La Presse
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $3,700,000 $5,294,949 2 -$70,000 -2%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sportsnet
2005-06 $3,700,000 $5,121,153 55 -$70,000 -2%
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 2004-05 and 2006-07.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2006-07 $5,590,000 $7,495,297 28 $1,890,000 51%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: La Presse
2007-08 $7,100,000 $9,255,956 14 $1,510,000 27%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: La Presse
2008-09 $7,230,000 $9,076,958 20 $130,000 2%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sporting News
2009-10 $7,100,000 $8,945,325 22 -$130,000 -2%
Source: Book: Sports Economics
2010-11 $7,500,000 $9,296,753 18 $400,000 6%
As Commissioner of the NHL. (Earned in the $7M per year range, according to the Globe and Mail.) In March 2011, signed a 5-year contract extension until the end of the 2015-16 season.
Source: Sports Business Journal / Sports Illustrated
2011-12 $8,300,000 $9,973,726 9 $800,000 11%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2012-13 $8,854,610 $10,424,674 1 $554,610 7%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $15,126,625 was prorated for the 48-game season. As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2013-14 $9,617,464 $11,158,999 7 $762,854 9%
As Commissioner of the NHL. Includes salary, deferred compensation, other compensation and nontaxable benefits.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2014-15 $9,600,000 $10,960,885 12 -$17,464 0%
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2015-16 $9,600,000 $10,947,937 9
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20. On January 31, 2016, signed a contract extension until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Source: HockeyZonePlus / Sports Illustrated
2016-17 $9,600,000 $10,811,550 11
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2017-18 $9,600,000 $10,586,162 13
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2018-19 $9,600,000 $10,333,639 16
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2019-20 $9,600,000 $10,149,730 30
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2020-21 $9,600,000 $10,026,584 22
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL played a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries were not pro-rated but 10% of $9,600,000 was deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season was increased to 20% and performance bonuses were pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
2021-22 $9,600,000 $9,600,000 20
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
Career Total: US $157,206,174
(In today's dollars: US $187,493,147)

NHL Rank: 1
(In today's dollars: 2)

A tad more than what NHL President John Ziegler was earning!

Interesting animated bar chart race showing that 36 players and 1 commissioner appeared, from 1995 to 2020, in the yearly Top Ten NHL/hockey career earnings with Jaromir Jagr standing as #1 in total hockey earnings since 2002-03. How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

Read more ...