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NHL Fortune: $166,806,174

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Gary Bettman’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $166,806,174 (US $213,783,064 in today's dollars), ranking #1 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: June 2, 1952
Country of birth: USA

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
1992-93 $0 $0 1109
On February 1, 1993, became Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: The New York Times
1998-99 $1,700,000 $3,070,241 139
Source: Sports Business Journal
1999-00 $1,144,100 $2,021,990 241
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2000-01 $1,700,000 $2,906,388 180
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2001-02 $1,700,000 $2,826,453 211
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2002-03 $1,700,000 $2,782,299 226
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2003-04 $3,770,000 $6,033,312 86
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: La Presse
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $3,700,000 $5,767,048 2
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sportsnet
2005-06 $3,700,000 $5,577,756 55
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 2004-05 and 2006-07.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2006-07 $5,590,000 $8,163,580 28
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: La Presse
2007-08 $7,100,000 $10,081,219 14
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: La Presse
2008-09 $7,230,000 $9,886,261 20
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sporting News
2009-10 $7,100,000 $9,742,892 22
Source: Book: Sports Economics
2010-11 $7,500,000 $10,125,653 18
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 $10,862,986 9
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2012-13 $8,854,610 $11,354,140 1
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 $12,153,938 7
As Commissioner of the NHL. Includes salary, deferred compensation, other compensation and nontaxable benefits.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2014-15 $9,600,000 $11,938,160 12
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2015-16 $9,600,000 $11,924,057 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 $11,775,509 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 $11,530,026 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 $11,254,988 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 $11,054,682 30
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2020-21 $9,600,000 $10,920,556 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 $10,428,930 20
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2022-23 $9,600,000 $9,600,000 23
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
Career Total: US $166,806,174
(In today's dollars: US $213,783,064)

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

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