Forbes just released list of top 10 highest paid female athletes of 2015. The reports revealed that the top 10 female athletes banked $124 million in salary, prize money, appearances, licensing and endorsements between June 2014 and June 2015. It is no shocking that tennis has been a dominant sports among all others when it comes to athletes’ bank balance. Same is the case for year 2015, 7 out of 10 spots are for tennis players including 3 highest paid.
Although sports like UFC are making their way to bring in some money with action, and the recent example is Ronda Rousy, who made it to the top 10 highest paid female athletes list for the first time ever in 2015.
For the straight 11 years, Maria Sharapova topped the 2015 female athletes list with $29.4 million as endorsements and pay checks. Her long time rival and friend from USA, Sarena Williams comes in at no. 2 with $24.7 millions.
Here is complete list and earning details of top 10 highest paid female athletes 2015.
1. Maria Sharapova: (Total earnings: $29.7 million – Winnings: $6.7 million – Endorsements: $23 million)
Sharapova was injured and played only one match in the second half of 2013, but bounced back in 2014 to win her second French Open title and fifth Grand Slam overall. Her $6.7 million in prize money is almost triple what it was in the previous 12 months. The Roland Garros title kicked in valuable bonuses from sponsors Nike and Head. Other major endorsement partners include Avon Products, Porsche, Tag Heuer and Evian.
2. Serena Williams: (Total earnings: $24.6 million – Winnings: $11.6 million – Endorsements: $13 million)
Williams is on a historic run with four straight Grand Slam titles. Her $73 million in career prize money is double No. 2 on the list, Maria Sharapova. Williams added deals with Chase and Audemars Piguet. She also expanded her Gatorade relationship to include the sports drink’s parent PepsiCo.
3. Caroline Wozniacki: (Total earnings: $14.6 million – Winnings: $3.6 million – Endorsements: $11 million)
The Danish pro picked up new deals with Godiva chocolates and Lavazza coffee this year. She is the first athlete sponsor ever for Godiva. Wozniacki checked off two bucket list events over the last 12 months when she appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issued and ran the NYC marathon, where she raised more than $80,000 for charity.
4. Danica Patrick: (Total earnings: $13.9 million – Winnings: $7.9 million – Endorsements: $6 million)
Patrick’s main sponsor, GoDaddy, announced in April that it is was leaving Nascar at the end of 2015. Despite struggling on the track, Patrick is still a hot commodity in the sport and is expected to return to Stewart-Haas Racing with new car sponsors. She has been featured in more Super Bowl commercials than other celebrity thanks to Godaddy.
5. Ana Ivanovic: (Total earnings: $8.3 million – Winnings: $1.8 million – Endorsements: $6.5 million)
Ivanovic finished 2014 ranked No. 5 in the world, her best showing since 2008. The strong play triggered boosted her payout from chief sponsor Adidas. Ivanovic renewed her deal with Dubai Duty Free in 2015 and picked up a new sponsor in Shiseido.
6. Petra Kvitova: (Total earnings: $7.7 million – Winnings: $5.9 million – Endorsements: $1.8 million)
Kvitova banked $3 million for her 2014 Wimbledon victory. Her second Wimbledon crown (she also won in 2011) triggered valuable bonuses from sponsors Nike and Wilson. She signed a multi-year deal with watchmaker Ritmo Mundo in the spring.
7. Simona Halep: (Total earnings: $6.8 million – Winnings: $5.3 million – Endorsements: $3.5 million)
Last year was a career breakthrough for the Romanian pro, who reached her first Grand Slam final (Roland Garros) and rose to the No. 2 ranking in the world. She added 3 tournament wins in the first half of 2015. Halep has sponsorship deals with Adidas, Wilson and several Romanian firms.
8. Ronda Rousey: (Total earnings: $6.5 million – Winnings: $3.5 million – Endorsements: $3 million)
The mixed martial arts champion is the breakout star of the UFC with roles in three big budget movies over the past 12 months, a best-selling book and an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her endorsement portfolio includes Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl’s Jr.
9. Stacy Lewis: (Total earnings: $6.4 million – Winnings: $2.4 million – Endorsements: $4 million)
Lewis won her second LPGA Player of the Year award in three years in 2014. She is only the second American to top the golf working rankings since they began in 2006. She has a deep bench of sponsors including Mizuno, KPMG, Marathon Petroleum, PureSilk, Antigua apparel, Omega, Manulife, Bridgestone and Footjoy.
10. Agnieska Radwanska: (Total earnings: $6.0 million – Winnings: $2 million – Endorsements: $4 million)
The 2012 Wimbledon champ finished No. 6 in the WTA year-end rankings. She renewed endorsement deals with Lotto, Babolat and Lexus at healthy increases. She also added a new sponsor in Workday.