Tiger Woods: $800M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, TaylorMade Golf, Bridgestone Golf
Tiger Woods is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable names in the history of his sport. He’s had wild success as a professional, claiming more than 80 PGA Tour titles, tied for No. 1 overall with Sam Snead.
Floyd Mayweather: $505M
Notable Sponsors: FanDuel, Corona, BodyArmor
Yes, I’m aware he’s supposedly retired; however it seems inevitable that we’ll see Floyd “Money” Mayweather step into the ring at least one more time. With 50 wins and no defeats, he might just be the best boxer of all time.
Cristiano Ronaldo: $500M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, KFC, Samsung
Currently playing for Real Madrid, Ronaldo is widely believed to be the greatest soccer player on the planet right now. His recent contract with Juventus pays him almost $65M per year, dwarfing contracts of the highest paid players in other organizations around the world.
Lebron James: $480M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats
Lebron James is a three-time NBA Champion and four-time MVP; he’s considered by some to be an even greater basketball player than the legendary Michael Jordan. He has been the most dominant force on the court over the past decade and has been paid well for his services.
Roger Federer: $450M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, Rolex, Gillette
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has set many records throughout his career. He owns 20 Grand Slam Titles, the most ever for a male player. He was ranked the top tennis player in the world for nearly a decade and is still one of the best today.
Serena Williams: $200M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, Beats, Chase
Serena Williams is the most recognizable female tennis player in the history of the sport. She has won 44 Grand Slam titles, more than any other player in the Open Era. She has also won gold medals in the Olympics and is currently ranked as the No. 9 female player in the world.
Maria Sharapova: $140M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, Head, Evian
This is another athlete who is officially retired as of early 2020. I leave her on this list because at only 32 years old, she still has the potential to make a comeback. Sharapova turned pro at just 14 years old, winning seven Grand Slam titles throughout her career and being ranked the No. 1 player in the world several times.
Venus Williams: $95M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, Beats, Pepsi
Venus is every bit as talented as her younger sister, Serena, and gets paid handsomely for her abilities. She has collected 26 grand slam titles throughout her career. Both sisters revolutionized the game of tennis with their exceptional athleticism and skill sets.
Caroline Wozniacki: $30M
Notable Sponsors: Adidas, Rolex, Babolat
Wozniacki is the first woman from a Scandanavian country to ever become the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world. She has a Grand Slam title to her name and recently won the 2018 Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka: $25M
Notable Sponsors: Nike, MasterCard, Nissan
Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has won two Grand Slam titles already at just 22 years old. Over the past year, Osaka has earned $37.4M from prize money and her endorsements, making her the highest paid female athlete in history.
Written by: Cameron Jones