Should you quit banking to play tennis?

We have analysed 11,000 Finance professionals working in London. Wimbledon prizes come from Wimbledon official Website, and players revenue figures come from Forbes.

Tennis players and finance professionals' income

Tennis players' 2014 Wimbledon performance

 How much they earned?

Finance professionals equivalent (in terms of income)

Winner : Novak Djokovic


Credit Suisse CEO (salary only)

Runner up : Rodger Federer


Nomura MDs

Semi Finalist: Milos Raonic


Senior Traders (Directors and MDs)

Quarterfinalist : Andy Murray



4thRound : Jo-WilfriedTsonga


Risk Managers

3rdRound : ThomasBerdych


Rating agency professionals

2ndRound : David Ferrer


Junior Consultants in Big 4

1stRound : Fernando Verdasco


Audit trainees in Big 4

Only top bankers make it to the final : Only most seniors bankers in high remunerating departments such as trading or M&A can match what the semi-finalists of Wimbledon earn during the tournament.

Still, it may be better to specialize in M&A than in doubles tennis ? At 162,000 for the winner, doubles tennis players are actually paid less than high paying bank departments professionals. A pair of well assorted traders and brokers could defeat the Bryan brothers.

Athletes have stamina: Bankers salary figures are annual, while Wimbledon only lasts two weeks and a tennis pro can usually play in 20+ tournaments a year, and also earn huge sponsorship fees (which is not the case for bankers, as far as we know)

Highest paid tennis players crush their banking counterpart : The highest paid tennis player in 2014, Roger Federer, earned 36m, while the highest paid banker, Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein earned 14.8m, which would only rank him 5th in a highest paid tennis players' list, between Maria Sharapova and Li Na .


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