Four Manchester United players were named in the top 10 wealthiest English footballers in the Premier League, with Rooney at the very top of the list.
The 28-year-old, who picks up an impressive £250,000-a-week in wages, is reportedly worth over £8m more than his nearest rival and United team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand, who has a new book out this week, is worth an estimated £37m according to the list, which was compiled by Wealth-X.
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard came in third with £31m to his name - one spot ahead of Blues team-mate John Terry, who shared fourth spot with his successor as England captain, Steven Gerrard. Both are worth an estimated £29m.
Joe Cole was perhaps surprisingly ranked sixth with a worth of £22m - a figure no doubt boosted by the ill-fated four-year, £5m-a-season deal he signed with Liverpool in 2010 - while Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole coming in seventh with £20m.
United had another two players on the list: Michael Carrick was eighth with £16m while Ashley Young sits alongside James Milner – the only Manchester City player, and the youngest on the list – in joint ninth place with £13m.
English football’s ‘Rich List’
1) Wayne Rooney (£45M)
2) Rio Ferdinand (£37m)
3) Frank Lampard (£31m)
6) Joe Cole (£22m)
7) Ashley Cole (£20m)
8) Michael Carrick (£16m)
9) Ashley Young, James Milner (both £13m)