Naomi Osaka leads the top 10 highest-paid female athletes with $57 million

Last updated on January 13, 2022 at 22:33 (UK time)

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete according to Forbes magazine, raking in $57.3 million in prize money and endorsements over the past year.

Osaka sits at the top of the top 10, earning a combined $167 million before taxes in 2021, an increase of 23% on 2020. It also marks a 16% jump from the previous record of $143.3 million established in 2013.

23-time Grand Slam champion and fellow tennis star Serena Williams ranks second, taking in $45.9 million. Despite the 23% increase, this figure is almost entirely due to Osaka and Williams, with the pair only ranking 12th and 23rd among Forbes’ highest-paid athletes in 2021, respectively.

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Serena’s older sister, Venus Williams, rounds out the podium, however, she falls short of the top 50 highest-paid athletes over $20 million.

The threshold to enter the top 10 has actually dropped compared to a decade ago, with just $5.7 million required compared to $6.1 million in 2012.

Notably, for the first time in more than a dozen years, a gymnast (Simone Biles, No. 4, $10.1 million) and a basketball player (Candace Parker, No. 10, $5.7 million) are featured. among the highest-paid female athletes. Tennis still accounts for five of the top 10 and holds the top three spots, but that’s the sport’s lowest tally in a decade and a far cry from 2019, where it dominated every spot.

Nearly all of Naomi Osaka’s $57.3 million in pre-tax earnings come from a supporting portfolio that has added more than ten brand partners over the past year and a half, including Louis Vuitton, Sweetgreen and Tag Heuer. In recent months, the 24-year-old born in Japan has acquired equity stakes in virtual reality company StatusPRO and plant-based chicken maker Daring Foods has launched a collection of NFTs on Tom Brady’s Autograph platform and released a line of skin care called Kinlò. .

The tennis ace had a slightly harder time on the court in 2021, dropping to 13th in the women’s rankings and missing out on the Tokyo Olympics in the third round, but captured her fourth Grand Slam title, at the Open. from Australia in February. An abdominal injury will prevent him from defending his crown at this year’s tournament in Melbourne, which starts on Monday.

You can read the full top 10 below:

  1. Naomi Osaka (Tennis) – Total earnings: $57.3 million (on the field: $2.3 million, off the field: $55 million)
  2. Serena Williams (Tennis) – Total earnings: $45.9 million (on the field: $0.9 million, off the field: $45 million)
  3. Venus Williams (Tennis) – Total earnings: $11.3 million (on the field: $0.3 million, off the field: $11 million)
  4. Simone Biles (Gymnastics) – Total earnings: $10.1 million (on the field: $0.1 million, off the field: $10 million)
  5. Garbine Muguruzu (Tennis) – Total earnings: $8.6 million (on the field: $2.6 million, off the field: $6 million)
  6. Jin Young Ko (Golf) – Total earnings: $7.5 million (on the field: $3.5 million, off the field: $4 million)
  7. PV Sindhu (badminton) – Total earnings: $7.2 million (on the field: $0.2 million, off the field: $7 million)
  8. Ashleigh Barty (Tennis) – Total earnings: $6.9 million (on the field: $3 million, off the field: $3.9 million)
  9. Nelly Korda (Golf) – Total earnings: $5.9 million (on the field: $2.4 million, off the field: $3.5 million)
  10. Candace Parker (basketball) – Total earnings: $5.7 million (on the field: $0.2 million, off the field: $5.5 million)

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