According to a report released by business magazine Forbes, Naomi Osaka is the world’s highest-paid female athlete.
Over the last year, the Japanese superstar, who has helped raise awareness of mental health concerns in sports, earned $57.3 million in prize money and endorsements.
Over the previous year and a half, Osaka’s profits have come almost entirely from an endorsement portfolio that has grown by more than ten brand partners.
In addition to commercial arrangements with Tag Heuer and Louis Vuitton, the four-time Grand Slam champion has relationships with Nike, Beats by Dre, and Mastercard, among others.
She also has shares in BodyArmor and Hyperice, as well as becoming an investor in the North Carolina Courage, a professional women’s soccer team.
The list was released following Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open to focus on her mental health following a public spat over the Grand Slam’s mandated press conferences, which she claimed took too much of a toll on her mental health.
Serena Williams ($45.9 million) and her older sister Venus Williams ($11.3 million) were next on the list. The top five were American gymnast Simone Biles ($10.1 million) and Spanish tennis player Garbine Muguruza ($8.8 million).
Tennis players accounted for five of the list’s ten slots, according to Forbes, marking the sport’s lowest result in more than a decade and a stark contrast to 2019, when it claimed all ten spots.
Other athletes in the top ten included South Korean golfer Ko Jin-young ($7.5 million), Indian badminton star P.V. Sindhu ($7.2 million), world No. 1 tennis player Ashleigh Barty ($6.9 million), golfer Nelly Korda ($5.9 million), and basketball player Candace Parker ($5.7 million).
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