Although men dominate the list of the richest athletes, a handful of women have successfully made millions of dollars by playing sports. The list below explores 8 of the richest female athletes of all the time.
8. Annika Sorenstam—
Annika sorrenstam is regarded as one of the best female tennis golfers in history. Before retiring from competitive golf in 2008, she had won 90 international tournaments as a professional.
Today, she focuses her energy on her family, charity foundation, corporate partnerships and an Annika branded golf academy. Her net worth is estimated to be $40 Million.
7. Li Na —
Li Na is a retired Chinese professional tennis player. She was once ranked 2nd in WTA rankings. She won 9 WTA singles including two grand slams . Her Endorsement portfolio included Babolat, Nike, Samsung, Mercedes Benz and multiple Chinese companies. Her net worth today is $50 Million.
6. Anna kournikova —
Anna kournikova is a retired professional tennis player. She was one of the most famous tennis players of her time. Anna reached the peak of her career playing doubles, where at time had been been ranked world No player. Along with her partner Martina Hingis, she won two grand slam titles and the WTA championships in 1999 & 2002.
Her career was cut short prematurely at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal problems. Despite that, her net worth today is estimated to be $50 Million.
5. Danica Patrick—
She is a former racing driver. Some of her career achievements include becoming the 4th woman to race in the Indiana Polis 500 where she finished 4th and is the highest finish ever by a female driver.
A great deal of Danica income comes from her commercial work. She has been part of 14 super bowl commercials. GoDaddy has been her main sponsor since 2007.
4. Venus Williams—
Venus is the elder sister of Serena Williams. She has been ranked world No 1 by the WTA on 3 occasions for a total of 11 weeks and also won 7 grand slams singles championships.
Currently Venus Williams has a net worth of $ 95 Million. She earned her net worth from her career earnings and Endorsements with brands like Ralph Lauren, Electronic arts, Tide etc. She also has her own Fashion line called EleVen.
3. Alexis DeJoria—
As a player, Alexis won many titles and had many achievements. She is the only drag racer who has won all three super comp, Top alcohol funny car and funny car classes tittle. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her net worth to be $100 Million.
2. Maria Sharapova—
Sharapova earned over $36 Million in prize money and earned more millions every year from product Endorsements for companies like Nike, Evian and Porsche. She also launched a candy business, sugarpova, in 2013 which is also doing well. Her net worth today is $195 Million.
1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is giant in tennis world and her 25 grand slam singles are a record in the current era. She has also been world No 1 player on 8 separate occasions which totaled to 39 weeks.
Like other great athletes, Serena has several Endorsement deals with notable brands such as Nike, Gatorade, Beats electronics, Intel and among others. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her net worth to be $220 Million.