Breaking Barriers: Top Female Athletes Cashing In – Women’s sports, and the athletes that participate in them, continue to grow in popularity. A recent article in Forbes, ranks the top ten female athletes in total income. While on-field earnings continue to languish well behind their male counterparts, money from endorsements shows that sponsors see their value.

The top 10 female athletes accounted for a combined $167 million in pretax earnings which represents a 23% increase compared to 2020. Additionally, in 2019, all top-10 spots were taken by tennis. Now, the sport accounts for just five positions. From a collectibility standpoint, it’s not just their overall income that is seeing an increase but the values of their cardboard as well.

Here is a look at the the top 10 highest paid female athletes in 2020 as well as a look at some of their most popular trading cards where applicable.

 

Breaking Barriers: Top Female Athletes Cashing In

No. 1 – NAOMI OSAKA – Tennis • Age: 24 • Japan

No. 2 – SERENA WILLIAMS – Tennis • Age: 40 • United States

No. 3 – VENUS WILLIAMS – Tennis • Age: 41 • United States

No. 4 – SIMONE BILES – Gymnastics • Age: 24 • United States

No. 5 – GARBIÑE MUGURUZA – Tennis • Age: 28 • Spain

  • Total Earnings: $8.8M
  • On-The-Field Earnings: $2.8 million
  • Off-The-Field Earnings: $6 million

No. 6 – JIN YOUNG KO – Gymnastics • Age: 26 • South Korea

No. 7 – P.V. SINDHU – Badminton • Age: 26 • India

  • Total Earnings: $7.2M
  • On-The-Field Earnings: $0.2 million
  • Off-The-Field Earnings: $7 million

No. 8 – ASHLEIGH BARTY – Tennis • Age: 25 • Australia

No. 9 – NELLY KORDA – Golf • Age: 23 • United States

No. 10 – CANDACE PARKER – Basketball • Age: 35 • United States

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