KUALA LUMPUR: It’s a Happy New Year indeed for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.
The Malaysian men’s singles shuttler finished 2013 as the top moneymaker in world badminton. The 31-year-old, a winner of seven Super Series titles, hit close to RM1mil in prize money. And that’s not counting his appearance fees and money won at several professional leagues, his allowance from the Badminton Association of Malaysia as well as the endorsements as brand ambassadors.
Chong Wei was a runaway winner with a total haul of US$292,540 (RM960,028). China’s Zhao Yunlei, a women doubles star, was second with US$167,195 (RM548,018) and women’s singles player Li Xuerui, also of China, took home US$143,095 (RM469,000).
Chong Wei admitted that it was his biggest payday in a single season.
“Indeed, it has been a great year for me – on and off the court. I was able to play consistently well at the highest level despite my age and I became a father,” said Chong Wei, the four-time BWF World Super Series Finals champion.