The highest-paid female athletes are almost all household names the world over. Among sports fans, their talent and fame is unquestioned, and their place among the richest female athletes in the world is unquestioned. But while all of the highest-paid female sports stars on this list made more than $5 million, the pay disparity in the sports world remains staggers. Only 15 women in sports made more than $5 million, while more than 1,300 male athletes made over that amount in 2019.
Tennis superstar and global brand Serena Williams continues to be the standard bearer for the highest-earning female athletes, making nearly $30 million in 2019, though $25 million came from endorsements off the court rather than her many on-court accomplishments. However, tennis appears to be leading the way in getting its top female stars paid as the top 10 highest-paid female athletes in 2019 were all from the world of tennis.
Also on this list are U.S. Women's Soccer star Alex Morgan, Indian badminton player P. V. Sindhu, and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn, making for a wholly international list that runs the gamut of popular professional women's sports. So check out the names below, then head over and vote on the most influential female athletes ever.
Total earnings: $29.2 million
Endorsement money: $25 million
Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013, becoming the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA's history. Williams is also regarded by some experts and former tennis players to be the greatest female tennis player in history. She is the only female player to have won over $60 million in prize money, and is the reigning Australian Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles ...more on Wikipediasee more on Serena Williams
Total earnings: $24.3 million
Endorsement money: $16 million
Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, defeating Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open. Osaka has reached a career-high world ranking of No. 7. She is of mixed Haitian and Japanese heritage, and holds dual citizenship in Japan and the United States. As Ōsaka has dual Japanese and American citizenship, her father made the decision to register her with the Japan Tennis Association when she began her career. She turned pro in September 2013. She made her main-draw WTA tour debut at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Petra Martić in ...more on Wikipediasee more on Naomi Osaka
Total earnings: $11.8 million
Endorsement money: $6.5 million
Angelique Kerber is a German tennis player of Polish background. Kerber has won four singles titles on the WTA tour, as well as eleven singles and three doubles on the ITF tour in her career. On 22 October 2012, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 5. On 26 August 2013, she peaked at world number 103 in the doubles rankings. Having made her professional debut in 2003, Kerber was launched into stardom upon suddenly reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open, at which time she was ranked 92 in the world. Since then, she has broken into the Top 5 of the WTA Rankings and currently sits at world number 14. As such, Kerber is the second highest-ranked German on the WTA Tour behind ...more on Wikipediasee more on Angelique Kerber
Total earnings: $10.2 million
Endorsement money: $4 million
Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world Number 3. Halep first broke into the world's top 50 at the end of 2012, the top 20 in August 2013, and then the top 10 in January 2014. She won her first 6 WTA titles in the same calendar year in 2013, being named the WTA's Most Improved Player at its end, as well as being named ESPN Center Court's 2013 Most Improved Player. Halep reached the 2014 French Open final, her first Grand Slam final, where she played against Maria Sharapova. She lost this final in three sets. She also reached the final of the WTA Finals the same year, but lost to Serena Williams. Despite being only twenty-three years old, Halep has ...more on Wikipediasee more on Simona Halep