Forbes has published a list of the highest earning female athletes in 2021. Their earnings were up to tens of millions of dollars. Admittedly, these sums cannot compare to male athletes, but the increase is more and more noticeable every year. Meet the 10 richest female athletes in the world!
10. Candace Parker
In 10th place was ranked American basketball player Candace Parker. Her earnings in 2021 amounted to $5.7 million. The sportswoman plays in the colors of the Chicago Sky on a daily basis. In the national team she plays in the position of a strong winger. She is 36 years old.
9. Nelly Korda
The sportswoman ranked in the honorable ninth place is also from the USA. Nelly Korda is a golfer, a seven-time winner of the Women’s World Golf Rankings. At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she won a gold medal in the individual golf event. Her earnings in 2021 were $5.9 million.
8. Asleigh Barty
The first (and not the last) tennis player in this list in 2021 earned $6.9 million. Asleigh Barty is a native of Australia. To her credit, she has won the French Open 2019, Wimbledon 2021 and the Australian Open 2022. She is only 26 years old, and as of March 2022 she has already retired.
7. P.V Sindhu
The Indian badminton player is $7.2 million richer in 2021. Her worldwide success was secured by, among other things, a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. The woman is also a medalist at the Asian championships.
6. Ko Jin-young
Ko Jin-young is a golfer from South Korea. At the age of 22, she has had as many as 10 victories on the LPGA Tour and finished second in the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open. According to Forbes, in 2021. Korean woman earned $7.5 million.
5. Garbine Muguruza
Another tennis player in the list of the richest female athletes in 2021. Muguruza hails from Spain, won the French Open in 2016 and triumphed at Wimbledon a year later. Thanks to her career, she earned $8.8 million in 2021.
4. Simone Biles
Right behind the podium was American gymnast Simone Biles. The woman is a four-time Olympic champion and multiple world champion, making her the most successful American gymnast of all time. On July 7, she received the Medal of Freedom from US President Joe Biden. As of 2021, she has accumulated $10.1 million in her account.
3. Venus Williams
On the third step of the podium was tennis player Venus Williams. The American tennis player has won as many as seven Grand Slam tournaments in singles play in her career. She is also a double Olympic champion – she won gold medals in Sydney. She earned $11.3 million in 2021.
2. Serena Williams
Venus’ younger sister, also a tennis player, but Serena Williams probably doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone. She can boast of winning a Non-Calendar Grand Slam in singles and doubles, a Career Grand Slam in singles and doubles, and multiple Olympic championships. Serena Williams earned $45.9 million in 2021.
The time has come for the leader of the ranking. The top-earning female athlete in 2021 was tennis player Naomi Osaka. In the past 12 months she earned as much as $57.3 million. Osaka is a native of Japan. In addition to her numerous sports successes, she has been honored with the title of Barbie Shero, proving that she is a role model for other women and girls around the world.
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