Mark Webber has been ranked as the second-highest earning Australian sports star this year, according to the annual ‘Top 50’ list published by the BRW magazine.
The financial journal has ranked the Red Bull Racing stalwart alongside five other locally-grown motorsport stars on the shortlist, placing him second overall behind NBA export Andrew Bogut.
According to the article, Webber pocketed a cool AU$12 million in 2012, with his income coming from his long-time association with the Milton Keynes team, as well as minor earning from personal sponsors.
Webber finished a disappointing sixth overall in the 2012 Drivers’ Championship standings, despite looking to be a likely title challenger at the halfway point of the season with victories at the Monaco and British Grands Prix.
He finished some $4 million – and two places – clear of the recently-retired former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner. The diminutive racer is hotly rumoured to be contemplating a switch to the V8 Supercars Championship, having had a test outing earlier this week with Triple 8 Engineering and Queensland Raceway.
Also featured on the list were motocross star Chad Reed (18th, $3 million) and NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose (39th, $1.5 million).
Former V8 Supercars champion James Courtney was the only local touring car driver to make the list, finishing 47th overall on his $1.2 million a year retainer from the TOLL Holden Racing Team.