Even before Michael Phelps dove into the pool in pursuit of his eighth gold medal, another epic task had begun: Turning the swimming star into a marketing icon. By the time he’d collected his final piece of gold—along with a $1 million bonus from Speedo—the 23-year-old was well on his way to an Olympic-sized payday, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Phelps has offers on deals ranging from dog food endorsements to movies to bobblehead dolls and tuxedos. He’s been offered free pizza for a year, dental work, and has had more than a few inquiries from female Phelps Phans. The value of his eight golds? "I'd say $100 million over the course of his lifetime," says his agent, who's fielding an average of 50 calls a day.