Jack Nicklaus has generated quite the reaction by voting for Donald Trump and encouraging others to do the same less than a week ahead of the presidential election.

Arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Nicklaus praised the incumbent's policies, which Nicklaus said he believed would bring the American Dream to families across the nation.

Nicklaus, 80, certainly achieved the American Dream, becoming one of the richest professional athletes in history. He earned $9.1 million from his 73 PGA Tour victories during an era of modest prize money.

Nicklaus' off-the-course ventures away are how he earned the bulk of his wealth. Three years ago, Forbes listed Nicklaus as the fourth-highest paid athlete of all time with $1.2 billion in career earnings.

The Nicklaus Companies, responsible for the development of golf and real estate communities, has created over 420 golf courses in 45 countries and 40 states.

Nicklaus’ net worth is estimated to be $320 million by Celebrity Net Worth. It’s unknown how accurate that figure is in 2020.

 

 

Tiger Woods holds the record with more than $120 million in earnings on the PGA Tour’s all-time money list

Nicklaus has the all-time mark for major championship victories with 18. He took home $144,000 for winning the 1986 Masters, which was his last PGA Tour victory.

Woods made $2.07 million for winning the 2019 Masters.

Jack Nicklaus Donald Trump Ivanka Trump, Jack Nicklaus and Donald Trump at the unveiling of the Jack Nicklaus Villa at Trump Doral at Trump National Doral on February 20, 2015 in Doral, Florida. Photo: Manny Hernandez/Getty Images