Rooney and Glazer: The young and old of Rich List

The fact that four men under 30 feature among's Football Rich List 2009/10  says a lot for the wages top Premier League and international players can expect to pocket - as all four (Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Steven Gerrard) are not on the wage bill of high profile clubs, but also England internationals.

Of those four twenty-somethings, it’s the youngest of the 100 that’s pocketed the most ‘wonga’ (as that tubby cockney fellow on that irksome television advertisement says - repeatedly), with Wayne Rooney (23) currently sitting upon a nest egg of £37 million, thanks in no small part to the sale of rights to his wedding photos for over £3 million.

Several older pros, such as Ryan Giggs - who has played throughout the Premier League era and picked up £24 million along the way - also feature in the list, with the richest, unsurprisingly, being former Preston North End midfielder, and star of Goal III - David Beckham, who has £125 million stuffed in his mattress (or maybe in a bank, who knows...)

The inclusion of so many individuals under the age of 40 is in stark contrast to Forbes Magazine’s list of the worldf’s richest - only two people under 30 (Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin) feature on that list, while there are also 20 billionaires over 80 years of age.

The only member of our list over 80 is ever-popular Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer, who at the grand old age of 81 is the oldest individual in the Top 100.

Over half of our 100 are in their 50s or 60s, including our No. 1 Lakshmi Mittal (59) and fellow ‘top fivers’ Joe Lewis (62, Tottenham Hotspur) and Stan Kroenke (61, Arsenal).

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