There have been many debates about whether or not female athletes should earn the same prize money as men. This may be true (apart from in Grand Slam tennis where they earn exactly the same prize money) but in my opinion, it can be largely attributed to the fact that the sponsorship & TV rights are much bigger for men’s sport. Anyway, let’s not get into that. We’re counting down the highest paid female athletes and trust me, they’re definitely not struggling!

1: Serena Williams

Total earnings: $18.1 million

Prize money: $62,000

Endorsements: $18 million

Serena Williams didn’t have a particularly good year on the tennis court due to the birth of her child but she more than made up for it with endorsements, amassing a cool $18 million. 2018 for Williams will be remembered by her outburst at the US Open surrounding sexism, which was, to be perfectly honest, absolutely absurd. Don’t think she should be too worried about it though considering she’s worth well over $100 million.

2: Caroline Wozniacki

Total earnings: $13 million

Prize money: $7 million

Endorsements: $6 million

Caroline Wozniacki had a very good year in 2018, lifting the Australian Open title at the beginning of the year followed by some pretty consistent performances throughout the year, leading to her winning around $7 million in prize money. Her endorsements with Adidas, Babolat & Rolex brought in another $6 million. Not too shabby!

3: Sloane Stephens

Total earnings: $11.2 million

Prize money: $5.7 million

Endorsements: $5.5 million

Sloane Stephens is one of the young up and coming stars of tennis. At only 25 she has already won a US Open and accumulated over $13 million in prize money alone. 2018 wasn’t as good as 2017 but she still made over $5.7 million in prize money and just under that in endorsements. Definitely more to come from her in the future!

4: Garbine Muguruza

Total earnings: $11 million

Prize money: $5.5 million

Endorsements: $5.5 million

At only 25 Garbine is already an established top grand slam champion, with career prize money of over $18 million. 2018 wasn’t a particularly successful one for her not winning any grand slams but she was still consistent enough to win $5.5 million in prize money & her endorsements with Beats by Dre, Adidas & Rolex collected another $5.5 million.

5: Maria Sharapova

Total earnings: $10.5 million

Prize money: $1 million

Endorsements: $9.5 million

Maria Sharapova is one of the wealthiest sportswomen in the world just based on her endorsements with Nike, Evian & Porsche. Since coming back from her drug ban, her tennis hasn’t been quite up to scratch but she still seems to earn a fortune each year!

6: Venus Williams

Total earnings: $10.2 million

Prize money: $4.2 million

Endorsements: $6 million

Venus Williams has been around for a long time but still seems to be racking in the cash. No longer the Grand Slam contender like her sister Serena, she is still a pretty consistent performer & her endorsements still bring in large sums of money…..as if she needs it!

7: P.V. Sindhu

Total earnings: $8.5 million

Prize money: $500,000

Endorsements: $8 million

For those of you who haven’t heard of her before, she is an Indian Badminton player who won a Silver medal at the Olympics in 2016. In doing so she became the first Indian ever to win a Silver medal at a Summer Olympics. Although her prize money is nothing major, her multiple endorsements with companies like Panasonic, Gatorade & Bridgestone have made her a huge amount of money.

8: Simona Halep

Total earnings: $7.7 million

Prize money: $6.2 million

Endorsements: $1.5 million

This pocket rocket Romanian didn’t earn that much in endorsements relative to her compatriots but she sure makes up for it with her prize money. The former world number one is always up there in the Grand Slams, and a very consistent performer all year round. It’s no wonder she has made so much money on the court!

9: Danica Patrick

Total earnings: $7.5 million

Prize money: $3 million

Endorsements: $4.5 million

Danica Patrick is the most successful female Nascar driver of all time. She, however, made the decision to retire from racing to concentrate on her clothing line Warrior. She has made more than enough money to live very comfortably!

10: Angelique Kerber

Total earnings: $7 million

Prize money: $3 million

Endorsements: $4 million

Angelique has been at the top of ladies tennis for a while now. She is a multiple grand slam winner with earnings of over $27 million. She also has some very lucrative endorsements with Adidas & Porsche.

SLEB

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