Who are the richest female athletes in the world? You’ve probably found yourself wondering just how much all your favorite female athletes are worth, and who comes out on top.
Which is why PrimeNewsGhana's Duah Michael have put together a list of the 10 richest female athletes in the world, with their net worth estimates, and how they’ve managed to rake in so much cash as we celebrate women today.
10. Agnieszka Radwańska- Net Worth: $25 million
Radwańska’s endorsement deals include Lotto, Babolat and Lexus, among others. She has a net worth of $25 million.
9. Martina Hingis- Net Worth: $25 million
Today, Hingis enjoys a successful doubles career. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Hingis and partner Timea Bacsinszky won silver medals for Switzerland. Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.
8. Annika Sörenstam- Net Worth: $40 million
Retired since 2008, Sörenstam’s career earnings are more than $22 million. According to her website, she is the first player in LPGA history to cross the $20 million earnings mark.
7. Li Na- Net Worth: $50 million
Na announced her retirement in 2014, the same year Forbes named her one of the highest-paid female athletes. Na earned $23.6 million in 2014, $18 million of which was from endorsements. Na has continued to enjoy big endorsement deals long after her retirement. Recently, she partnered with Nike to launch the Li Na collection in China.
6. Anna Kournikova- Net Worth: $50 million
Despite mediocre success on the court, Kournikova enjoyed a number of lucrative endorsements due to her growing celebrity. In 2012, Kournikova appeared as a celebrity trainer on the show “The Biggest Loser.” She continues to model today.
5. Danica Patrick- Net Worth: $60 million
In 2013, Patrick made the move to NASCAR. She drives the No. 10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Patrick has enjoyed a number of different endorsement deals throughout her career. She is famously associated with GoDaddy. Danica Patrick’s net worth is $60 million.
4. Venus Williams- Net Worth: $75 million
Williams has won more than $36 million in prize money throughout her career. She also enjoys a number of endorsement deals, which add to her net worth of $75 million.
3. Alexis DeJoria- Net Worth: $100 million
DeJoria is the daughter of billionaire entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, who co-founded the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company. DeJoria’s Toyota Camry Funny Car is sponsored by Tequila Patrón.
2. Maria Sharapova- Net Worth: $135 million
Sharapova was just one of two female athletes to make the 2016 Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes list. Ranked No. 88 on that list, she earned $21.9 million that year, $20 million of which was from endorsements. She has won approximately $36.5 million in prize money to date, making her one of the highest-paid tennis players.
In March, Sharapova announced that she had tested positive for the drug meldonium. The International Tennis Federation suspended Sharapova from the sport for two years due to the failed drug test. While the suspension was later reduced to 15 months, Sharapova missed the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
Sharapova lost sponsor Tag Heuer after the announcement. Other sponsors that include Nike and Porsche suspended promotional plans with the player, though they did not terminate their contracts.
1. Serena Williams- Net Worth: $180 million
Williams started her professional career in 1995 and has since won a staggering 39 Grand Slam titles. Like her sister, Venus, she is a decorated Olympian with a total of four gold medals.
Williams is the highest-paid female athlete on Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018 list. Williams has earned $18 million in the 12 months ending June 1, 2018, from endorsements alone. She counts Beats by Dre, Gatorade, Intel, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln and Nike among her many sponsors. Serena Williams’ net worth is $180 million.
All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.