Earlier in 2019, the US women’s soccer team’s struggle for equal pay put female athlete’s earnings in the spotlight once again. According to Wealthy Gorilla, the world’s richest athlete in 2019 is former professional wrestler Vince McMahon, with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion.
Compare this with the $200 million that the wealthiest woman is worth and it’s clear that the sports world still has a long way to go towards gender equality. So who are the richest female athletes of 2019? Here are some of them. Amounts are in US dollars.
The Richest Female Athletes of 2019
10. Simona Halep
Net worth: $30 million
Wimbledon’s 2019 female champion Simona Halep is the first Romanian woman to have been ranked at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. After being the runner-up at the 2018 Australian Open without a sponsor, she is now raking in the endorsements and has an estimated net worth of $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
She is definitely not one of the stars who regret their plastic surgery: when she was 17, she had breast reduction surgery to help her become a better tennis player.
9. Caroline Wozniacki
Net worth: $30 million
Former world No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki hails from Denmark, one of the richest countries, and was the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top spot in tennis. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has a personal fortune of $30 million, coming from a combination of prize money and endorsement deals.
8. Annika Sörenstam
Net worth: $40 million
With an estimated net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Anika Sörenstam is the lone woman among the world’s richest professional golfers. Originally from Sweden, she has more career wins to her name than any other female golf pro. She has also designed several golf courses, owns a golfing academy and has her own clothing line, fragrance and wine label.
7. Li Na
Net worth: $50 million
Li Na was the first woman from Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Her on-court success also made her one of the world’s most marketable athletes and an icon in her native China, one of the countries with the most billionaires. She still has some way to go to join the billionaire ranks herself, though: Celebrity Net Worth estimates her fortune at $50 million.
6. Anna Kournikova
Net worth: $50 million
Anna Kournikova is proof that you don’t have to be at the top of your game to make plenty of money from it. She never won a singles title during her career but she was a fan favourite and this brought in many endorsement deals and modelling gigs. After retiring from professional tennis, she did some TV work. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her fortune at $50 million.
5. Danica Patrick
Net worth: $60 million
Former racing driver Danica Patrick is the only woman to have ever won an IndyCar Series race. Her estimated net worth of $60 million according to Wealthy Gorilla comes from a combination of prize money, endorsement deals, books, gigs as a TV hosts, acting, an activewear line and her own brand of wine. Unlike the rest of us, she probably doesn’t have to worry about ways to cut your car costs.
4. Venus Williams
Net worth: $95 million
The older of the Williams sisters made history in 2002 when she became the first African American woman to be ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings. Venus Williams also led a successful campaign to ask for equal prize money for female tennis players and upon her 2007 Wimbledon win, she was the first female winner to earn as much as the male winner at the tournament. She also has business interests, including a fashion line and an interior design company, putting her estimated net worth at $95 million, according to TheStreet.
3. Alexis DeJoria
Net worth: $100 million
Retired drag racer Alexis DeJoria was one of the top performers in her sport and now owns her own racing team. Most of her estimated net worth of $100 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, however, comes from the fact that her father isn’t one of those millionaires who won’t leave their kids much money. She’s already benefiting from the fortune built up by her dad, Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria.
2. Maria Sharapova
Net worth: $195 million
Maria Sharapova was only 18 when she became the first Russian woman to be ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She also raked in the endorsement deals and modelling assignments to supplement her prize money. A line of tennis apparel, shoe and bag designs for Cole Haan and her Sugarpova candy line have helped her build up a net worth of $195 million, according to Popsugar.
1. Serena Williams
Net worth: $200 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Serena Williams has an estimated net worth of $200 million, making her the richest female athlete and the top woman among the richest tennis players in the world. The tennis great has earned more prize money than any other female athlete during her career so far and supplements her income with lucrative endorsement deals and her own fashion line.