#3 Carl Lewis
An American track and field athlete, Carl Lewis held world records not only when it came to sprinting in 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay but also in the long jump. When it comes to the Olympics, he won a total of 10 medals out of which nine were gold.
With respect to the World Championships, he won eight gold medals in addition to a silver and a bronze, becoming one of the most decorated athletes in his field. Such was his domination in a career spanning from 1979-1996, that he was named ‘World Athlete of the Century’, ‘Sportsman of the Century’, and ‘Olympian of the Century’ by various sports federations.
“At the end of the day, if you're a professional athlete in track and field you are the CEO of your company.”