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NHL Fortune: $119,902,074

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Gary Bettman’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$119,902,074 (US$132,533,117 in today's dollars), ranking #4 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1992-93 $0 $0 1099
On February 1, 1993, became Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: The New York Times
2004-05 $3,700,000 $5,066,931 2
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sportsnet
2008-09 $7,230,000 $8,686,074 19
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sporting News
2009-10 $7,500,000 $9,042,370 13 $270,000 4%
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 2008-09 and 2010-11.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
2010-11 $7,500,000 $8,896,405 16
As Commissioner of the NHL. 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 $9,544,225 9 $800,000 11%
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2012-13 $8,854,610 $9,975,754 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 $10,678,457 6 $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 $10,488,874 11 -$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 $10,476,483 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 $10,345,969 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 $10,130,287 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 $9,888,638 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 $9,712,650 30
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source: Sports Business Journal
2020-21 $9,600,000 $9,600,000 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).
Career Earnings: US$119,902,074
(In today's dollars: US$132,533,117)

NHL Rank: 4
(In today's dollars: 7)

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

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