The Highest Paid Athlete of All Time…

When I grow up...

Was a guy named Gaius Appuleius Diocles. He was a charioteer in the time of the Roman Empire and made the equivalent of $15,000,000,000 dollars. Yes, that’s $15 billion dollars (35,863,120 sesterces, ancient Romain coins).

I LOL’d in real life when I read that. Makes all our current athletes look like their making pennies per year.

Diocles’ s total earnings of 35,863,120 sesterces were enough to provide grain for the entire population of Rome for one year, or to fund the Roman Army at its height for more than two months.

That would have been neat, although I’m sure he did something “else” with all that moolah.

[via Discovery]