Female athletes are earning less than their male counterparts, but these 10 ladies still managed to bank a whopping $124 million in salary, prize money, appearances and endorsements from June 2014 until June 2015. Here are 10 highest paid female athletes in the world.
Total earnings: $24.6 million
Williams is, without a doubt, one of the greatest athletes in the world. The world No. 1 has a chance to make tennis history at the US Open this year, because a win would be her fourth consecutive title in New York, and the 33-year-old tennis star is one shy of Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam singles trophies, and only three shy of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Williams earned $11.6 million from winnings and $13 million from endorsements during the given period. She has deals with Nike, Wilson, Aston Martin, Pepsi, OPI Products, Delta Airlines, Gatorade, and Beats by Dre, and she added Chase and Audemars Piguet to her endorsement portfolio.