The 2017 Forbes ranking of the top 10 highest paid athletes in 2017 was published. Of this ranking, the top 7 female athletes in the world are the highest paid in 2017.
Outline of the ranking
The ranking is dominated by the tenniswomen. Indeed, they occupy 5 places on the Top 7.
In seventh place, Caroline Wozniacki is with a salary of $ 5 million and $ 2.5 million winning prizes.
Then, sixth place is occupied by Garbine Muguruza. She has a salary of $ 3.5 million and $ 4.2 million in prize winnings.
Then, in fifth place, it is Venus Williams who earns $ 3.5 million in earnings and $ 7 million in salary. It is distinguished by its struggle for equal wages and against an autoimmune disease, the Gougerot-Sjögren syndrome. In addition to tennis, Venus Williams owns ten of the Jamba Juice juice stores located in Washington DC in the United States.
Fourth and third place are Randa Rousey and Danica Patrick. They have $ 11 million (salary $ 3 million and $ 8 million) and $ 12.5 million ($ 5 million, $ 7.5 million, respectively). What is extraordinary with these sports is that they excel in sports sports men. Indeed, they are respectively mixed martial arts athlete and race driver.
Then Angelique Kerber who pocketed 5 million wages and 7.6 million wins.
Finally, the one who walks on the highest step of the podium is none other than Serena Williams with 19 million salary and 8 million winnings.
A shocking gap
A big point in this ranking is the gap between the salaries of the best paid tennis player and the best paid tenniswoman. Tennis is one of the sports where the gap between the wages of sportsmen is great. And this is not an isolated case.
In golf, for example, the gap is staggering: Rory McIlroy (50 million) earns much more than Lydia Ko (5.9 million). The same goes for football where Cristiano Ronaldo earns $ 93 million against $ 3.5 million for Alex Morgan.
Serena is far behind Roger Federer ($ 64 million), but is not too far behind Novak Djokovic (37.6 million).
7. Caroline Wozniacki, tennis, ($ 7.5 million)
6. Garbine Muguruza, tennis, ($ 7.7 million)
5. Venus Williams, tennis, (10.5 million)
4. Randa Rousey, martial arts, (11 million)
3. Danica Patrick, pilot, (12.5 million)
2. Angelique Kerber, tennis, ($ 12.6 million)
1. Serena Williams, tennis, ($ 27 million)