Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has retained his place at the top of the table as Britain's richest sportsman with a fortune of £88m, according to the Sunday Times Sport Rich List.

The 30-year-old racing superstar, who lives as a tax exile in Monaco, has seen his fortune increase by £20m from last year.

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney follows Hamilton in second place, worth £72m – £12m up on last year. Hot on the skipper's heels is Jenson Button, another Formula One driver who is worth £71m.

Britain's first native Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry, Andy Murray, has claimed fourth spot with earnings valued at £48m. The 27-year-old newlywed Scot sits just ahead of veteran defender Rio Ferdinand with £44m.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard follows his former club rival with £42m. The Liverpool captain, who led his side to Champions League glory with one of the most memorable comebacks in 2005 will leave his boyhood club to join the LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Luol Deng is valued at £40m and may just have the most extraordinary story given his humble beginnings.

The 6ft 9in powerhouse escaped from the Second Sudanese Civil War with his family and was granted political asylum in Brixton, south London. He is the highest-placed Briton in the US's basketball league.

His fortune is on par with Chelsea's charismatic manager, José Mourinho who is set to claim a third Premier League title with the London side.

Frank Lampard, the Premier League's highest goal scoring midfielder of all time follows his former manager with £39m – up £2m on last year.

The 10<sup>th spot is a four-way tie between golfers Sir Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy and household football names Ryan Giggs and Arsene Wenger who are worth £38m each.