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Hockey Fortune: $176,406,174

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Gary Bettman’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $176,406,174 (US $229,612,836 in today's dollars), ranking #1 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: June 2, 1952
Country of birth: USA
Salary History - Gary Bettman
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Earnings
(US$)
In today's
US$
Rank
1992-93 $0 $0 1114
On February 1, 1993, became Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): The New York Times
1998-99 $1,700,000 $3,158,886 139
Source(s): Sports Business Journal
1999-00 $1,144,100 $2,080,369 241
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2000-01 $1,700,000 $2,990,302 180
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2001-02 $1,700,000 $2,908,059 211
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2002-03 $1,700,000 $2,862,631 226
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1998-99.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2003-04 $3,770,000 $6,207,507 86
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): La Presse
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $3,700,000 $5,933,556 2
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): Sportsnet
2005-06 $3,700,000 $5,738,799 55
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 2004-05 and 2006-07.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2006-07 $5,590,000 $8,399,281 28
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): La Presse
2007-08 $7,100,000 $10,372,287 14
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): La Presse
2008-09 $7,230,000 $10,171,700 20
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): Sporting News
2009-10 $7,100,000 $10,024,191 22
Source(s): Book: Sports Economics
2010-11 $7,500,000 $10,418,004 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(s): Sports Business Journal / Sports Illustrated
2011-12 $8,300,000 $11,176,625 9
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): Sports Business Journal
2012-13 $8,854,610 $11,681,961 1
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): Sports Business Journal
2013-14 $9,617,464 $12,504,850 7
As Commissioner of the NHL. Includes salary, deferred compensation, other compensation and nontaxable benefits.
Source(s): Sports Business Journal
2014-15 $9,600,000 $12,282,842 12
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2015-16 $9,600,000 $12,268,332 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(s): HockeyZonePlus / Sports Illustrated
2016-17 $9,600,000 $12,115,495 11
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2017-18 $9,600,000 $11,862,924 13
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2018-19 $9,600,000 $11,579,945 15
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2019-20 $9,600,000 $11,373,856 30
As Commissioner of the NHL.
Source(s): Sports Business Journal
2020-21 $9,600,000 $11,235,858 22
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2019-20.
Source(s): 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 $10,730,037 20
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2022-23 $9,600,000 $9,934,540 23
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
2023-24 $9,600,000 $9,600,000 40
As Commissioner of the NHL. Estimated salary based on documented salaries of 2019-20.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
Career Total: US $176,406,174
(In today's dollars: US $229,612,836)

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

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