If the NHL decides on adding an expansion team anytime soon, Seattle is actively trying to land that team. The Pacific Northwestern city improved its chances to get a hockey team after the Seattle City Council approved a memorandum of understanding for the privately financed, $660 million redevelopment of the KeyArena with a 7-1 vote.
The KeyArena first opened in 1962 as the home of the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. Since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder, the Seattle Storm of the WNBA are the building’s only occupants.
The Oak View Group approached the city council months ago with their plan to redevelop the arena. They ambitiously plan to have the building operational by October 2020 as long as they receive environmental approvals by fall 2018.
Oak View Group is run by Tim Leiweke. Before becoming CEO of Oak View Group, Leiweke was the CEO of AEG, a titan in the arena operations industry, and the CEO of Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment.
Due to his connections with the NHL via his Maple Leaf days and his NBA connections with the Staples Center and AEG, Leiweke seems like the perfect guy to reach both NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Bettman recently stated that the NHL is “not in an expansion process,” but Seattle could be the perfect place for a new team.
David Bonderman, a billionaire investor and part of the Oak View investment, has openly expressed his interest in owning an NHL franchise.
In addition, Seattle’s proximity to Vancouver could quickly establish a regional rivalry with the Canucks. Lastly, by adding a team in the Western part of the country, the league would have a balanced 16 teams in the Eastern and Western conferences.
Investors have looked to Seattle as a potential spot for an NHL or NBA team before, but roadblocks with a potential new arena have thwarted the efforts.
Women have been making great strides in getting equal pay recently, including in the world of sports. Prize money is only part of how these women have earned their money, but big spending has impacted their net worth… Check out the richest female athletes!
Sloane Stephens – $15 Million
Sloane Stephens isn’t as famous as the Williams sisters, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t made her imprint on the sport. But after making waves defeating Serena Williams in 2013, when she was just 19, Stephens struggled to recreate that magic on the tennis courts.
Ariya Jutanugarn – $12 Million
Golf might not be as lucrative a sport for women as tennis, but that doesn’t mean that female golfers aren’t raking in the big bucks. Ariya Jutanugarn, for one, has made a career total of over $4 million, even though this doesn’t account for half of her money. In Thailand, golf is a very popular sport, which makes superb golfers like Jutanugarn a hot commodity. Endorsements have followed after her number one ranking worldwide, not to mention winning the Women’s U.S. and British Opens.
Naomi Osaka – $29 Million
Naomi Osaka is only 22 years old, yet she’s already made waves in the tennis world. Half Haitian and half Japanese, she represents Japan although she grew up in the U.S. She’s considered among the most marketable female athletes in the world, thanks to her unique appearance, likable personality, and playing ability. She ranked second in endorsements after Serena Williams in 2019. After winning the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019, she has a good chance of winning another major tournament in 2020. Her net worth is estimated at $29 million.
Kim Clijsters – $20 Million
Kim Clijsters, the Belgian tennis player, is worth $20 million. At the age of 20 she won her first major tournament, the 2003 French Open, alongside Ai Sugiyama in the doubles competition. The duo won Wimbledon just a few months later. After retiring in 2007 because of injuries and a desire to have kids, she returned a couple of years later and dominated. She went on to win the US Open back-to-back years. Altogether, Clijsters won the US Open three times and the Australian Open once in singles, as well as Wimbledon and the French Open in doubles.
Garbiñe Muguruza – $12 Million
Garbiñe Muguruza has earned a combined $19,279,809 in winnings, and she’s also received endorsements from Adidas, Babolat, Rolex, and Maui Jim. Impressively, she’s only been competing since 2012, yet she’s upset several players who were ranked first in the world, including Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Muguruza herself was ranked number one shortly after her second major tournament win, 2017’s Wimbledon. She won the French Open the year prior.
Flavia Pennetta – $7 Million
Flavia Pennetta is retired now, but she’s managed to make quite a lot of money from the time she went pro in 2000 until the time she retired in 2015. She won her first major tournament in 2011 when she and Gisela Dulko won the Australian Open in doubles. Pennetta was able to prove that she can stand alone and deliver in singles, too. In 2015, right before she retired, she won the US Open. Today she boasts a net worth of about $7 million.
Roberta Vinci – $5.6 Million
Roberta Vinci never won a major singles tournament, yet she and fellow countrywoman Sara Errani dominated for a three-year stretch in doubles tournaments. The duo won both the French and US Opens in 2012, won the Australian Open in 2013, and won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2014. She’s won over $11 million in prize money since she began in 1999, but she decided to retire after playing her last year in 2018. She’s also the oldest player to break into the top 10, which occurred after she turned 33.
Michelle Kwan – $16 Million
Michelle Kwan, one of the most notable female American figure skaters, won the US Figure Skating Championships nine times. Always a runner-up earlier in her career, the ’90s saw significant development that helped her dominate the competition. She never won a gold medal at the Olympics, however, but she still made a whole lot of money through endorsements and now has a $16 million fortune. Besides all the prize money she won over the years, she’s earned some change from TV specials and guest appearances on popular shows like The Simpsons.
Cristie Kerr – $15 Million
Few sports offer female athletes generous paychecks, but golf is thankfully one sport in which women can win serious money. Cristie Kerr has won over $19 million in prize money from her successful golfing career since turning professional in 1996. Winning the US Women’s Open in 2007 and the PGA Women’s Championship in 2010, she’s remained a force to be reckoned with on the green. She hasn’t made nearly as much money as she did when she peaked about a decade ago, yet her net worth is still $15 million.
Lindsay Davenport – $20 Million
In the mid-to-late ’90s, the age just before the Williams sisters dominated women’s tennis, Lindsey Davenport was the queen of the courts. She won over $22 million in prize money over her career, which is how she amassed the majority of her fortune. In singles, she won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open without losing a single set. Davenport was just as good of a partner as well, winning three major doubles tournaments as well. Helping others is something she’s good at, and she became Madison Keys’ coach in 2015.
Inbee Park – $9 Million
Inbee Park, the South Korean golfing phenomenon, has been a dominating force in women’s golf over the last decade. Her first major win was the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008 when she became the youngest woman to win the tournament at just 19. Altogether, she has won seven major championships and earned over $15 million in prize money since she turned professional in 2007. Thanks to all of those competitions and the endorsement deals she’s gotten since then, she has a net worth of $9 million.
Monica Seles – $20 Million
Monica Seles won nine major tournaments, mostly in back-to-back years before she was 20 years old. Only 16 when she won the French Open in 1990, many people believe Seles’s winning streak would have continued throughout the ’90s had she not been the victim of a terrible stabbing attack in 1993. Horrifically, it was done by a deranged fan of Steffi Graf courtside during a match. Although her success on the court waned, a book deal brought her money in addition to earlier prize money. Seles’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million.
Yani Tseng – $8 Million
Yani Tseng, from Taiwan, is the youngest woman to have won five major golfing championships at the age of 22. Although her career has taken a downward turn since dominating from 2008 to 2012, Tseng has won over $10 million in prize money. Indeed, she held the number one spot in women’s golf rankings for 109 weeks straight, something only Lorena Ochoa has done for longer by occupying the coveted spot for 158 weeks. She is still worth some $8 million.
Billie Jean King – $20 Million
Billie Jean King is one of the most important female athletes of the previous century. It’s thanks to her advocacy efforts that women’s tennis and female tennis players are worth the money they are today, most notably after winning the Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. Professionally, she won an incredible 39 major tournaments in the ’60s and ’70s, which includes singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. She’s worth a whopping $20 million, which makes sense considering her importance to the sport.
Paula Creamer – $11 Million
The only major tournament Paula Creamer won is the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. She has also been ranked only as high as number two in the women’s golf rankings, yet she’s in the top 10 for total career earnings. She proves that the long game is just as important, with a net worth of $11 million. She’s one of the most recognized faces in women’s golf, which explains why her net worth is still so high even though much of those winnings are from years ago.
Agnieszka Radwánska – $25 Million
Agnieszka Radwánska didn’t win any of the major championships before she retired in 2018. Since going pro in 2005, though, she has become one of the most popular players and won the WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player six times. As one of tennis’s most popular players, Radwánska also has those endorsement deals that inflated her bank account, although her winnings are the source of most of her $25 million net worth. She’s made over $27 million in prize money alone!
Lorena Ochoa – $15 Million
The best and most notable Latin American golfer, whether man or woman, is doubtlessly Lorena Ochoa. She’s been number one for most consecutive weeks than anybody else, and only relinquished her place in the rankings when she retired in 2010. With all the money she’s earned in tournaments and endorsements, she has a whopping $15 million in net worth. She could have continued playing and made more money, but it seemed that after a decade of competing, Ocho was ready to retire at just 28 years old.
Martina Hingis – $25 Million
Martina Hingis won over $24 million in her 23 years playing tennis, breaking records since starting at the age of 14 in 1994. She is the youngest player to have won a major tournament and be ranked number one. Later, she became one of the few who won all four major tournaments in one year (known as a calendar-year Grand Slam). This happened in 1998, when she won Wimbledon and the US, Australian, and French Opens in doubles. With 25 major tournament wins and endorsements, her net worth is $25 million.
Paige VanZant – $3.5 Million
Nicknamed “12 Gauge” since she was a girl for her love of hunting, today Paige VanZant is one of the most popular UFC stars, despite not being a champion. Thanks to her good looks and charm, VanZant has cultivated a media persona that has gotten her on TV for more than just fighting. She was on Dancing with the Stars as well as Chopped. VanZant has also done a lot of modeling and wrote a book about her struggles and rise to fame. Altogether, she’s worth about $3.5 million.
Jelena Jankovic – $15 Million
Jelena Janković is the first player to get to number one without winning a major singles tournament, which she held for just a week. She did win mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2007, though, and has continued to be a high-ranked contender since her success. Sadly, she’s been absent from the courts since undergoing back surgery in 2017, but hasn’t officially retired yet. Jancović earned almost $20 million in prize money over her career, and this contributes to her $15 million in net worth. Her endorsements include Fila and Adidas.
Karrie Webb – $15 Million
Karrie Webb has had an awesome golf career since going pro in 1994, becoming Australia’s premier female golfer. She has won seven major tournaments and has 41 LPGA wins, which is more than any other female golfer currently competing. She’s something of a legend in the golfing world, even though she’s not been highly ranked in recent years. Webb is the first woman golfer to post over a million dollars in earnings, something she did in the ’90s. Currently, her net worth is estimated to be $15 million.
Victoria Azarenka – $15 Million
The premier player from Belarus, male or female, is doubtlessly Victoria Azarenka. She’s the only Belarussian to have won one of the major tournaments, having won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013. Since then, Azarenka has continued to be a serious competitor and has earned over $30 million in prize money. She’s still a force to be reckoned with, even though her current rank isn’t that high. The first tennis player endorsed by Red Bull, notably, her $15 million net worth is due to prior winnings and endorsements combined.
Alexis DeJoria – $100 Million
Alexis DeJoria is a drag racer in the National Hot Rod Association, but she hasn’t yet realized her dream of being the first woman to win a championship in the NHRA. Racing isn’t the source of her immense wealth, though, as her father happens to be billionaire John Paul DeJoria, who co-founded Paul Mitchell. DeJoria took the company from door-to-door sales, turned it into a multi-billion-dollar company, and also founded Patrón tequila. Patrón also happened to sponsor his daughter.
Svetlana Kuznetsova – $30 Million
Svetlana Kuznetsova debuted in 2000, and has since then won four major tennis tournaments, two in doubles and two in singles. She’s won the Australian Open in doubles twice, once in 2005 and once in 2012. For singles, she won the US Open in 2004 and the French Open in 2009. She is a fierce competitor with no major weaknesses, while her unpredictability and tactical inconsistency make her very difficult to play against. Kuznetsova’s career winnings are over $25 million, and this combined with endorsements has brought her net worth to about $30 million.
Venus Williams – $95 Million
Venus Williams is the first African-American woman to be ranked number one since Althea Gibson back in the ’50s. Furthermore, it was her successful campaign that finally brought women equal pay in tennis. Although her sister, Serena, outshined her by winning over three times as many major singles tournaments, Venus has won no less than seven of these tournaments. Out of the current batch of active players, only Serena has won more than her. Her almost $42 million in prize money is also the second-highest, after her sister. With endorsements, her net worth comes out to $95 million.
Yuna Kim – $21 Million
Yuna Kim, one of the most accomplished figure skaters in the world, did so much to put South Korea on the map for skating. She’s not only the first South Korean to get a gold medal at the Olympics for skating, but also the only female skater in the world, period, to compete and win in all the major competitions. Namely, these include the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the Four Continents Championships, and the Grand Prix Final. Her net worth is currently $21 million, which is after she reportedly donated $2.7 million to charity.
Anna Kournikova – $50 Million
Anna Kournikova was never the greatest singles player, having only achieved a record world ranking of eight. She was number one in doubles, along with Martina Hingis as her partner, and won the Australian Open twice. Despite her limited successes on the court, she became something of a cultural phenomenon and retired from competition aged just 21. She has a net worth of $50 million, despite career winnings of just over $3.5 million. She starred in Enrique Iglesias’ music video for his hit song “Escape”, and despite her refusal to confirm their relationship over the years, they got married and recently welcomed their third child to the world.
Nadia Comăneci – $10 Million
Nadia Comăneci has the distinction of being the first person to be awarded a perfect 10.0 score at the Olympic Games. In fact, she’s one of the best gymnasts of all time. She was only 14 when she won the first three of her five Olympic gold medals. However, gymnastics competitions really don’t make money, so how did she end up with $10 million net worth? Comăneci happens to own one of the best gymnastics schools in the U.S. and a production company that broadcasts gymnastics events.
Li Na – $50 Million
Li Na, who won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open, peaked at number two in the world rankings. To understand her net worth, which stands at some $50 million, alongside a comparatively meager $16 million in winnings, you have to understand that she’s the first Chinese player to ever go so far. Most of the money’s been from endorsements, as she’s a role model to many fellow Chinese tennis players. She is the first Asian-born tennis player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
P.V. Sindhu – $10 Million
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, often shortened to P.V. Sindhu in the media, is an Indian badminton player that has been making waves in the badminton world for the past decade. She’s the only Indian woman to win an Olympic medal for badminton, an honor she secured after snagging silver in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She made millions in prize money, but also from sponsorship deals with Nike and Panasonic. Reportedly, she charges over a hundred thousand dollars per day of endorsement-related activities.
Anika Sörenstam – $40 Million
Annika Sörenstam is one of the most legendary golfers ever. She went pro in 1992, and by the time she retired in 2008 she had won more PGA competitions than any other woman. Out of the major tournaments, she’s won 10 of them and has made well over $22 million in prize winnings. She’s shot a 59 in competition — the only women to ever have shot so low. Sörenstam also started branching out to various business ventures, which is where she made the rest of her $40 million net worth.
Mary Pierce – $16 Million
Mary Pierce represented France at international tournaments, but she’s also a citizen of Canada and the U.S. In singles, she won the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000. In doubles, she also won the French Open in 2000 and mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2005. She made just under $10 million in prize money, but being smart with her wallet and raking up the endorsements has boosted her up to $16 million in net worth today.
Caroline Wozniacki – $30 Million
Caroline Wozniacki recently retired, but she brought in a whopping $34 million in prize money before she did. Tennis experts credit her success on the court to her defensive playing, which brought her to the finals in the US Open in 2009 when she was just 19 years old. She continued to be a seasonal contender, despite dropping in the rankings in subsequent years. Wozniacki managed to turn around and win the Australian Open in 2018.
Madison Keys – $8 Million
Madison Keys has been making a name for herself as a serious competitor after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2015. She was just a teenager at the time, and later that year she reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Although she’s never clinched one of these major titles, Keys is a force to be reckoned with seeing as she’s currently ranked 12th in the world. Since turning pro in 2009 when she was 13, she’s won over $12 million in prize money. Her net worth is estimated to be around $8 million.
Simona Halep – $30 Million
Simona Halep won Wimbledon in singles for 2019, as well as the singles French Open for 2018. She went pro in 2006, but it took her until 2013 before she reached the threshold of the top 10. This was her breakthrough year, which she attributed to a change in mindset that saw her “play with pleasure.” Since then, she’s reached the coveted number one spot several times and now has $36 million in career earnings. With her endorsements and spendings over the years, she now has a net worth of $30 million.
Steffi Graf – $30 Million
Steffi Graf is definitely in the running for the greatest female tennis player of all time, dominating from the end of the ’80s to the mid-’90s. Although she’s got 22 major singles tournament wins under her belt, only one fewer than Williams, Graf’s career lasted for just under 17 years, while this will be Williams’ 25th year. Her winnings are just under $22 million, but she’s got a long history of lucrative endorsements that date back to her breakout success in the ’80s. She’s still a heavyweight name in the tennis world with a net worth of $30 million.
Karolína Plíšková – $15 Million
Number three ranked Karolína Plíšková has been ranked number one in the past, even though she hasn’t yet won any of the major tournaments. She shows how you can make a killing just from getting close enough, though, with scoring final and semifinal appearances in the US, French, and Australian Opens over the past five years. Her prize money has come out to over $19 million for the 28-year-old, but along with endorsements her current net worth is valued at approximately $15 million.
Angelique Kerber – $30 Million
She might currently be ranked 21st in the world, but make no mistake about the 32-year-old — the only major tournament Angelique Kerber hasn’t won in the past five years is the French Open. She’s made over $29 million in prize money since becoming a professional player in 2003, not to mention millions in endorsements. Forbes had her at number two in top-earning female athletes for 2017. Kerber’s net worth is estimated to be around $30 million today, and that will likely only go up.
Elina Svitolina – $12 Million
Elina Svitolina has never been ranked higher than number three, but she is the only Ukrainian woman to make it that high on the list. Currently number seven, she’s remained a consistent contender over the years, despite never winning any of the major tournaments. She’s beaten the Williams sisters, as well as Halep, Kerber, and Osaka, and the 25-year-old has made over $19 million in winnings over the decade. She got to the semifinals of the French and US Opens in 2019 and her net worth is currently valued at $12 million.
Marta Vieira da Silva – $13 Million
Pelé himself dubbed Marta Vieira “Pelé in skirts,” which serves to tell you just how good she is. She’s actually broken records for both men and women, with the distinction of scoring 17 goals in World Cup matches. Marta has also won FIFA World Player of the Year five times, more than anyone else. Female soccer players don’t make as much as tennis players, who make as much as their male counterparts, so Marta made money elsewhere. Much of her $13 million is because of endorsements.
Gina Carano – $8 Million
Gina “Conviction” Carano made waves with her successful MMA career. It only lasted three years, yet Carano was the so-called “face of women’s MMA” for a time. By the time Cyborg beat her in 2009, she was so popular she seamlessly retired from fighting to concentrate on acting. She’s starred in Haywire, Deadpool, and The Mandalorian, so you might have recognized her as Cara Dune. Not surprisingly, most of her net worth didn’t come from prize money, but from her acting over the years.
Abby Wambach – $4 Million
Abby Wambach is one of the world’s most famous female soccer players. Unable to boast the same net worth as some of her male counterparts, she’s still managed to accrue some $4 million, which is mostly in endorsements. Growing up, Wambach had to be moved from the girls league to the boys league because she was scoring so many goals. She was the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, which was the first time in a decade an American won.
Miesha Tate – $6 Million
Miesha Tate is among the UFC’s original women stars, with her 2012 bout with Ronda Rousey getting credited for changing the name of the game in women’s UFC by Dana White. Worth $6 million today, Tate’s successfully beat Holly Holm to become the bantamweight champion, but she only made $92,000 on that fight. Most of her money comes from endorsements and the career she’s built surrounding MMA. She retired in 2016 and has made money since as a sports pundit. Tate has also modeled for several magazines.
Heather Mitts – $9 Million
Heather Mitts is married to A.J. Fealey, a former quarterback in the NFL, and together they’re worth $12 million. It’s estimated he’s brought $3 million to the table, while she’s brought the rest. Mitts has made a lot of money appearing on TV as an analyst and reporter. Her broadcasting career aside, she was a phenomenal defender that won the Olympic gold medal three times as part of the U.S. national team. She still runs a soccer camp for kids when she’s not taking part in various international soccer competitions worldwide.
Joanna Jędrzejczyk – $5 Million
Joanna Jędrzejczyk is a force to be reckoned with in the UFC. Fighting there since 2012, she won the UFC Strawweight belt in 2015 after defeating Carla Esparza. Jędrzejczyk is the first Polish titleholder in the UFC. Although she’s since lost the belt, she’s stood out as a perennial contender. She’s one of the foremost strikers in the competition who is ranked fifth in the pound-for-pound rankings. It makes sense because, before the UFC, she was a champion Muay Thai and kickboxing fighter. All in all, her net worth is estimated to be $5 million.
Samantha Stosur – $18 Million
Samantha Stosur shines in the doubles categories, with six different major tournament wins. Despite this, she has never been ranked number one for singles, yet she still managed to win the singles US Open competition in 2011. The elusive number one ranking is misleading, as she’s a formidable player who has defeated some of the world’s best one-on-one, including Serena Williams and Justine Henin. She’s made over $18 million in prize money that she’s certainly spent, in some part. Since turning pro in 1999 she’s been smart with her endorsements, which bring her net worth up to $18 million today.
Gabby Douglas – $4 Million
One of the “Fierce Five” who rocked the international gymnastics world in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Gabby Douglas has made $4 million from endorsements and book sales following her famous displays of athleticism during these games. The first ethnic African of any nationality to win the gold for the all-around champion, Americans everywhere were inspired and honored that she and her teammates on the U.S. gymnastics team brought back the gold. Her story has become a Lifetime original and she’s even written a book about what it takes to be one of the best.
Vera Zvonareva – $14 Million
Vera Zvonareva never got to the number one spot in the singles rankings, yet the Russian tennis player has won four major tournaments in doubles. She made it to the final at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010. Despite these successes, she has had a hard time recreating these performances in recent years and is currently ranked 424th in singles and 101st in doubles. Her career prize earnings are just under $14 million, and with endorsements over the years she’s been able to keep her net worth at around that amount.
Brittney Griner – $4 Million
Brittney Griner is one of the best women playing basketball today, but once again her net worth reflects the massive pay gap in team sports between men and women. While she makes over $100,000 a year playing in the WNBA, she’s taken up short contracts playing in China, whose league doesn’t have the same price caps. She made $600,000 in three months in 2014, reportedly. Her net worth is currently estimated to be $4 million, which is partly from endorsements as well.
Cris “Cyborg” Justino – $5 Million
Cris “Cyborg” Justino may be the greatest female MMA fighter in recent memory. While Ronda Rousey became probably the most popular female fighter in MMA, Justino has been around for much longer and held on to her belts for much longer. Indeed, she’s the only fighter to ever be the champion of the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, and Invicta in various stages of her career. Cyborg was undefeated from November 2005 to December 2018, when Amanda Nunes finally took her belt.
Allyson Felix – $8 Million
Allyson Felix is one of the best runners around, and the only female track and field athlete to have six gold medals to her name. Furthermore, she’s tied with Merlene Ottey for most Olympic medals in general with nine. Running really doesn’t pay that well, but being one of the best runners in the world means that one can get the endorsement deals that others aren’t able to. Currently, it’s estimated that Felix has $8 million.
Petra Kvitová — $30 Million
Petra Kvitová is notably the first person born after 1990, either male or female, to have won one of the major tennis tourneys. She won Wimbledon on two different occasions, which is probably the most coveted of the major tournaments. Out of Czech players, only Karolína Plíšková is ranked higher at the moment. Kvitová has made over $31 million in winnings since going pro in 2006. Along with her endorsements and expenditures over the years, she now has a net worth of $30 million.
Danica Patrick – $60 Million
Danica Patrick is the greatest female racecar driver the world has seen so far, as she’s the only woman to ever have won an IndyCar Series race. Although she never won a NASCAR race, she has achieved the honor of reaching pole position twice. This, combined with the fact that a woman being a top-tier car racer is an anomaly, has brought her a lot of endorsements and popularity. She recently retired, but with the $60 million she made through races and endorsements, she doesn’t need the check the classified ads for a long time…
Saina Nehwal – $24 Million
Saina Nehwal has been awarded India’s top honors in sports, as she has put women’s badminton on the map for India. That’s not where she made all of her money, though, as the prize money isn’t that big in women’s badminton. Indian athletes and teams have been making a splash in international competitions over the past decade, and Nehwal is part of that. She’s a cultural icon that has appeared on TV in India and even released an autobiography, which was later adapted into a 2018 biopic. Her net worth is estimated at $24 million.
Lindsey Vonn – $8 Million
While skiers really don’t make much money, skiing is one of the few sports in the world with equal pay between men and women. That being said, you still have to be in the top 10 or so to not have to work a second job. Lindsey Vonn isn’t just one of the top 10 female skiers competing today, but probably one of the top one or two who competed in the past 30 or 40 years. Because of that, she’s one of the rare skiers with $8 million in net worth.
Nilla Fischer – $5 Million
Nilla Fischer has made a lot of money from her endorsements, reaching a net worth of $5 million despite barely making a six-figure paycheck, in all likelihood. Her sponsorships with companies such as Puma have contributed. Sadly, only the highest-paid women players get past $100,000 in yearly paychecks. Fischer stands out, though, as one of the leading players on the Swedish national team, but also for her distinctive hairstyle. Furthermore, she’s been one of the most outspoken advocates for better conditions and equal pay for female soccer players around the world.
Martina Navratilova – $15 Million
Martina Navratilova might be the best tennis player on this list, although Serena Williams and Steffi Graf give her a run for her money. She has made over $21 million in winnings, retiring right after winning her last US Open in mixed doubles. She was 49 at the time! While there’s definitely some argument over who’s the best female tennis player, Billie Jean King herself said Navratilova was “the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived.”
Justine Henin – $14 Million
Regarding Belgian tennis, the two names that should invariably come to mind are Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. Wimbledon is the only major tournament Henin hasn’t won before she retired for the second time in 2011. We trust the legacy she has built and $14 million net worth will be enough to hold her off from making another return, but who knows? With seven major tournament wins in singles, chances are the 37-year-old will be able to rest easy knowing she’s one of the best women to have played the game.
Alex Morgan – $3 Million
Alex Morgan is one of the best of the generation of female soccer players that came of age in the last decade. She’s a member of the U.S. national team, but Morgan hasn’t relied on soccer paychecks to make so much money. Her endorsements include appearing alongside Lionel Messi on FIFA 16 covers sold in the U.S., although she’s also written books for kids. Morgan is the author of The Kicks, a series of books for middle schoolers that was on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Surya Bonaly – $3 Million
Surya Bonaly made waves in the skating world with her absolutely phenomenal displays of athleticism, which aren’t close to being matched by those winning gold medals at the Olympics. Critics blast the games for seemingly penalizing her for her unorthodox style. Bonaly landed a backflip on one blade! No woman has done that, and it earned her a place on Champions on Ice, a skating show where she’s made a lot of money. At the moment, her net worth is valued at $3 million.
Bianca Andreescu – $4 Million
Bianca Andreescu has only been a professional since 2017, yet she’s already made almost $7 million in prize money. That’s impressive, considering she turns 20 in 2020. Most recently, she won the US Open singles tournament in 2019 against the great Serena Williams. With all of this success, she’s gotten a lot of supporters, both in Canada and Romania, where her parents are from. She has several sponsorships and endorsements, so her net worth is only expected to go up from here.
Ashleigh Barty – $10 Million
Ashleigh Barty had a heck of a year in 2019. Currently, she’s ranked first in the world after spectacularly winning the 2019 French Open. Her career prize winnings amount to just under $17 million, which is ridiculous considering she’s just 23 years old. She also took a two-year hiatus when she was 18 years old, so that’s a couple of years less she’s had to make all that money. We expect great things from her this year, which will reflect in her $10 million in net worth growing.
Amelie Mauresmo – $8 Million
Amélie Mauresmo won the Australia Open and Wimbledon in 2006, but it was a long road to get there. Until then, she was criticized for being a seasonal contender that could never get over her nerves to clinch a major tourney. Mauresmo got to the number one position before getting over this hump, and was still ranked at the perfectly respectable 21st spot when she retired. Since then, she’s been coaching and that definitely brings money in. The majority of her $8 million, though, is from the remainder of her $15 million in career winnings.
Holly Holm – $3.5 Million
Holly Holm took out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, Rousey’s first defeat that turned out to be her penultimate. Holm is a former boxer and kickboxer as well, posting a really impressive 33-2-3 boxing record. Despite participating in other sports, the UFC is where she’s become best known, and taking out Rousey might be her greatest distinction. After all, she was unable to hold on to the belt, yet the winnings from three greatly different sports and endorsements have brought her net worth up to about $3.5 million.
Mikaela Shiffrin – $3 Million
Mikaela Shiffrin has made waves in the skiing world over the past decade, with two gold medals and one silver from the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Now that Lindsey Vonn is retired, it seems that Shiffrin has taken up the mantle as the leader of U.S. women skiers. Shiffrin has attracted media attention since she was 17, which has brought her a lot of endorsements from companies like Adidas and Barilla. Her net worth is $3 million.
Sydney Leroux – $3 Million
From a family of baseball/softball players, Sydney Leroux was born to an American father and a Canadian mother in Surrey, Canada. The decision to play for the American national team has doubtlessly helped her exposure, as she was one of the first female players featured on FIFA 2016. Leroux has Nike endorsements along with Beats by Dre and Nestlé. It’s thanks to all of these endorsements, not her earnings from playing soccer, that she’s gotten a net worth of $3 million.
Elena Dementieva – $15 Million
With a career record of 576-273, Elena Dementieva is considered one of the best female players that never won any of the major singles tournaments. One honor she does have that other, better-ranked tennis players do not, however, is an Olympic gold medal, which she got at Beijing 2008 in the women’s singles competition. She made almost $15 million in career prize winnings and, with all of the endorsements throughout the years, her net worth comes out to about that amount: $15 million.
Simone Biles – $4 Million
Although not one of the “Fierce Five” that rocked the 2012 Olympics, Simone Biles had already gotten some $2 million in prize money and endorsements by the time the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro rolled around. Since then, Biles has added another $2 million to her net worth, thanks to her incredible performance in Rio, where she won gold in the vault, the all-around, and the floor exercise categories. She also won a gold medal for being part of the winning US team.
Chris Evert – $16 Million
Chris Evert was an absolute monster on the tennis court, winning the Australian Open, French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon multiple times. You know the term tennis bracelet, which actually means a diamond bracelet? Evert coined this when she said the diamond bracelet she lost in the 1987 US Open was a “tennis bracelet.” She’s got her own tennis academy, publishes Tennis magazine, commentates, and owns a clothing line. That’s why she’s got a net worth of $16 million, even after a costly divorce or two.
Serena Williams – $200 Million
Serena Williams is the richest female athlete with a net worth of $200 million. It makes sense that this is in the game of tennis. Furthermore, it’s no surprise that it’s Serena Williams who has made that much money, as her career prize money earnings currently stand at over $92 million. That number excludes all of the endorsement money she’s earned over the years, which has been well-deserved. In the past two decades, she has been the most dominating force in women’s tennis by far.
McKayla Maroney – $4 Million
McKayla Maroney is one of the most memorable gymnasts of all time. She’s the one pictured with an unimpressed face standing on the podium after winning silver in the 2012 Olympic Games. Maroney become a popular meme and her recognition has doubtlessly helped her get endorsements. She’s also had some guest appearances on TV shows, which doubtlessly helped her get to a net worth of $4 million. Injuries brought her to retire early, but she can always bank on her athleticism and the unimpressed look imprinted in our minds.
Maria Sharapova – $195 Million
Maria Sharapova is the greatest female Russian tennis player, with the distinction of being the first to be ranked number one in the world. She managed to hit the top spot when she was just 18 years old, but success on the court isn’t the only reason why she’s so wealthy. Sharapova comes in behind the Williams sisters in all-time earnings with over $38 million in prize money, yet she’s valued at $195 million. Although she’s widely considered one of the best competitors in women’s tennis, it’s her modeling career more than endorsements that have earned her money.
Ana Ivanovic – $16 Million
Ana Ivanovic was inspired by watching fellow Yugoslavian tennis great Monica Seles, who is actually an ethnic Hungarian. The unity of Yugoslavia broke as the Kosovo War tore their country apart, yet Ivanovic made sure to train, regardless of the NATO airstrikes. She won the French Open in 2008 and won over $15 million in prize money from 2003 until 2016, when she retired. Currently, she’s worth some $16 million by herself, but she married German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger in 2016, who is worth some $80 million.
Eugenie Bouchard – $6 Million
Eugenie Bouchard, from Montréal, made her mark in 2014 when she reached the finals at Wimbledon, as well as the semi-finals at the US and Australian Opens. Her recent performance has been quite dismal compared to where she was a few years ago and she’s not currently ranked that high, but she is the first female Canadian to have been ranked in the top five in singles, thanks to her 2014 successes. Her $6 million net worth comes from prize money and endorsements.
Ronda Rousey – $15 Million
Ronda Rousey is retired from MMA, but she’s still among the most widely recognized female athletes in the world. Starting off by winning Judo medals in the Olympics and other competitions, she retired from the sport at age 21 and moved to mixed martial arts. While she was the very first female fighter signed to UFC, the money she has made has also come from appearances in movies, such as in the Expendables 3 and Furious 7, as well as TV shows like Entourage. No longer an MMA fighter, today she wrestles in the WWE.