Naomi Osaka comes in as the highest-paid female athlete in 2022, followed by fellow tennis star Serena Williams, per Sportico. They’re the only women to crack the overall top 100.
While Sportico took into account both players’ on-court winnings, they topped the list for women’s sports thanks to their endorsement deals. Osaka made $53.2 million overall, with $52 million from endorsements, while Williams made $35.3 million overall, with $35 million from endorsements, according to Sportico.
HIGHEST-PAID FEMALE ATHLETES 2022: 1️⃣ Naomi Osaka 🎾2️⃣ Serena Williams 🎾3️⃣ Emma Raducanu 🎾4️⃣ Eileen Gu ⛷5️⃣ Simone Biles 🤸♂️https://t.co/okEsFRPhP4— Sportico (@Sportico) October 27, 2022
HIGHEST-PAID FEMALE ATHLETES 2022: 1️⃣ Naomi Osaka 🎾2️⃣ Serena Williams 🎾3️⃣ Emma Raducanu 🎾4️⃣ Eileen Gu ⛷5️⃣ Simone Biles 🤸♂️https://t.co/okEsFRPhP4
While Simone Biles came in third last year at $6 million, she was fifth this year despite increasing her earning her total to $9 million.
Ahead of the gymnast were British tennis player Emma Raducanu ($26.2 million) and American-born Chinese skier Eileen Gu ($23.1 million). That Raducanu and Gu started to close the gap between the top two and the rest of the list helps showcase the increasing profile and popularity of women’s sports.
Tennis players dominated the top 10, making up seven of the top 10 highest earners in women’s sports. Iga Swiatek ($8.1 million) came in at No. 7, followed by Coco Gauff ($7.7 million), Ashleigh Barty ($7.6 million) and Leylah Fernandez ($6.4 million) to round out the top 10.
Gu, Biles and golfer Jin Young Ko ($8.3 million) were the only non-tennis players in the top 10.
Alex Morgan, who led women’s sports in endorsement deals in 2022, tied with her USWNT teammate Megan Rapinoe at No. 11 on Sportico’s list. Each player made $5.9 million in 2022, per Sportico. No other soccer players were included in the top 15.