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Where Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic rank on the Top 100 wealthiest Slovenians list

Three Slovenian athletes made the list. You know two of them. But you'd never guess which one is the wealthiest.
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic and Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic

Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic

Three athletes made it on the list of the Top 100 wealthiest Slovenians, and they all earn their salaries in US Dollars. Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic make their living in the NBA, and your NHL friends would surely know Anze Kopitar is the third guy. But what most fans wouldn't guess is which of the three athletes should pick up the tab if they all went out to dinner. 

"Guys, I got this"

Before Luka Doncic and Melania Trump, your average American probably couldn't find Slovenia on the map. OK, maybe they still can't - but at least they heard of the country. Given that Slovenia's population is comparable to Houston's, no wonder a few lucrative contracts get you on the wealthiest Slovenians list. 

If you're in Eastern Europe (and yes, Slovenia, you are, as much as you try to convince people you're a Central European country, whatever that means), one of the worst things you can be is cheap. Try to suggest splitting the bill, and you will never be invited again. Everyone buys a round, and the wealthiest person picks up the rest. So if Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic, and Anze Kopitar go out, who's picking up the tab?

Kopitar has been in the NHL since 2005 and is one of the highest-paid players in NHL history. Luka joined the NBA after the revamped rookie pay scale, so his salary from Day 1 was significantly higher than it was for rookies in the past. As the third overall pick (well done Kings and Hawks), Doncic signed a 4-year, $32 million contract. This summer, the Mavericks extended Luka's stay in Dallas with a 5-year, $207 million deal. But both Kopitar and Doncic would be good after buying one round. 

Goran Dragic would have the honor of picking up the tab as the wealthiest of the three. While Luka will be on the hook in a few years, Dragic is still the wealthiest of the three - Spotrack estimates his career earnings at around $150 million.

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Where do they place on the list?

According to the Slovenian magazine Manager, Dragic is the 31st wealthiest Slovenian, Luka is 54th, and Kopitar 68th. To give you some context, the no.1 spot is shared by Iza and Samo Login, who sold their mobile games company for over a billion dollars. Their estimated wealth is $360 million each. 

Given that Luka will probably be the wealthiest Slovenian athlete at the end of his career, what would it take for him to crack the top 10? There are two important things to keep in mind.  

First of all, all amounts you hear reported on are pre-tax. So when Doncic signs a $200 million contract, he's not actually getting $200 million into his account. Apart from tax, there are agent fees, etc. - a percentage point here, a percentage point there, and there goes a seven-figure sum. That's the downside. But the upside is that a new TV deal is on the horizon, and it will probably create another salary cap spike. 

Hopefully, the NBPA (Player's Union) will be reasonable this time and agree to some sort of cap smoothing. But even with that, people following this topic, such as Bill Simmons, have said multiple times we should be ready for NBA stars signing $400-500 million contracts during that new CBA. Barring injury, Luka will be on the receiving end of those top-end deals. 

Given the fact the 10th wealthiest Slovenian has an estimated net worth of $215 million, and the 6th is around $236 million, by the end of his career, Luka will surely crack the top 10 and could even make the top 5.

All these numbers are estimates and as Mark Hanna in the Wolf of Wall Street taught us, it's all “Fugayzi, fugazi. It's a whazy. It's a woozie. It's fairy dust.” But the fact that as an athlete, Luka will probably be one of the wealthiest people in his country says a lot about the unlikely nature of his success. 

From a country with the population of Houston to one of the most successful athletes in the world. 

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