Maria Sharapova Is Forbes Magazines' Highest-Paid Female Athlete With $29.7M In Earnings

Maria Sharapova is the highest-paid female athlete in the world. 

According to Forbes Magazine’s Kurt Badenhausen, Sharapova’s net earning was $29.7 million. Sharapova topped Forbes Magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Female Athletes” list for the 11th straight year. 

The survey covered the period from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015. Seven different nationalities represented the list’s Top 10. They earned a total of $124 million. This is a drop-off of 12 percent from the previous year, per Badenhausen. 

Badenhausen says these earnings are “from salary, winnings, appearances, licensing and endorsements.” Forbes’ Top 10 highest-paid male athletes earned $950 million. 

Sharapova won her second French Open crown in 2014. She also won her fifth Grand Slam that year. She raked in $6.7 million in prize money. This represents triple the amount she won a year earlier, per Forbes Magazine

After winning last year’s French Open, Sharapova earned bonuses from sponsors Nike and Head. Sharapova other endorsements are Avon, Evian, Porsche and Tag Heuer, per Badenhausen. 

Sugarpova is Sharapova’s candy line. Badenhausen says “sales doubled in the past year more than three million pounds of candy. Sharapova wants to expand the brand’s products to clothing and accessories. 

Fellow tennis ace Serena Williams placed second with net earnings of $24.6 million. The 33-year-old Williams is the oldest No.1-ranked female tennis player in history. Chris Evert was the previous record holder at 30 years of age, per Badenhausen. 

Williams’ career earnings to date is $72.7 million. The Forbes Magazine update says this is twice the amount of Sharapova’s. Venus Williams placed third in career earnings with $31 million. 

Williams added Audemars Piguet and Chase as her new sponsors. Williams is also a new endorser of Pepsi. She has enjoyed a long endorsement relationship with one of its products, Gatorade. 

Should Williams win the 2015 U.S. Open, she can close the gap between herself and Sharapova. This is what Badenhausen believes. 

Williams’ close friend Caroline Woznicacki placed third in Forbes Magazine’s list. She earned $14.6 million from June 2014 to June 2015. She is the first-ever athlete endorser of Godiva chocolate. 

Race car driver Danica Patrick was fourth with $13.9 million. Her parntership with GoDaddy resulted in more Super Bowl commercials than any other celebrity. GoDaddy will leave Nascar after the 2015 season, per Badenhausen. 

Here are the rest of Forbes Magazine’s Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2015, per Bleacher Report:


  • Ana Ivanovic, tennis ($8.3 million)
  • Petra Kvitova, tennis ($7.7 million)
  • Simona Halep, tennis ($6.8 million)
  • Ronda Rousey, MMA ($6.5 million)
  • Stacy Lewis, golf ($6.4 million)
  • Agnieszka Radwanska ($6 million) 
MMA champion Ronda Rousey is the big-name newcomer in the list. Rousey also profited from movie appearances, an autobiography and an appearance on Sports Illustrated’s cover, per 
Rousey’s endorsements include Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl’s Jr. 
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