Earlier this year the Indian national cricket board named Kohli as one of the five players to receive the new contract which guarantees an annual retainer of more than $1 million.
The third driver included on the Forbes rich and happy 100 list is predictably Fernando Alonso, who enjoyed a $32M paycheck from McLaren and $1M in endorsements.
Lewis Hamilton remained the highest paid British sports star on the list in the 12th place, with earnings of $51m (£38.2m). Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and football legend Lionel Messi head the charts.
Williams was the only woman to feature in the top 100 last year, but her prize money dropped from Dollars 8 million to USD 62,000 this year after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.
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Mayweather now has been the highest-paid athlete four times in the last seven years. For the first time, a woman does not make the top 100.
Athletes from 22 countries are featured, with the United States the most represented with 66.
Rounding out the top 10 were footballer Neymar, basketball star LeBron James, tennis ace Roger Federer, basketball player Stephen Curry and American footballers Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford. "He also has a residency deal with the Wynn Las Vegas for all of his afterparties, and his digital properties, Conor McGregor FAST Program, MacMoji App, MacTalk App and the Mac Life, also generate cash".
Tennis star Serena Williams was the sole female representative in the rankings a year ago and dropped off the new list after taking a break for the birth of her daughter.
The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23 percent jump over previous year. "I expect once Serena is back on the court and raking up those millions in prize money we'll see her back on the list next year".