Women in sports have never been shy to knock down the door of the "boys' club" and crash the party. These special women have earned millions of dollars in their careers by winning titles and securing sponsorships. Their lucrative careers have inspired people worldwide. Read on to learn about some of the richest women in professional sports.
Ronda Rousey: $13 Million
Ronda Rousey has had an incredible career in wrestling, mixed martial arts, judoka, and WWE. She also holds a bronze medal in judo from the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Aside from her earnings from sports, Rousey's income is padded with checks from her acting career.
Maria Sharapova: $180 Million
With over 33 career singles titles and five Grand Slams, Sharapova was once named the highest-grossing female athlete in 2014.
Her earnings of $180 million make her a star who's still showing her pure talent.
Serena Williams: $250 Million
The youngest Williams sister was No.1 for 319 consecutive weeks. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles too.
Today, she's still playing, and her net worth has built up to $250 million.
Caroline Wozniacki: $50 Million
Wozniacki is the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top-ranking position in the Open Era. She would win the 2017 season-ending WTA Finals and the 2018 Australian Open.
While she's still playing today, Wozniacki has earned $50 million.
Ana Ivanovic: $16 Million
The now-retired Serbian tennis player got her first breakthrough in 2004, narrowly defeating Venus Williams in the second round of the Zurich Open.
She has earned $12 million during her intriguing career. Still young, Ivanovic will have every chance in the coming years to reclaim her former glory, and with that, more money will likely come flowing her way.
Venus Williams: $95 Million
The oldest of the Williams siblings is one of the all-time greats of women's tennis. With $95 million to her name, Venus has proven that she's as talented as anyone else on tour.
It's amazing how much money she's earned.
Victoria Azarenka: $20 Million
Azarenka has won 20 WTA singles titles. With two Australian Open titles in her career, she reached the U.S. Open finals in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013.
Azarenka has pulled in $20 million in career earnings.
Christie Kerr: $7 Million
The former U.S. Women's Open champion earned $7 million thanks to both prize money and plenty of sponsorships.
With two major championships under her belt and over 15 LPGA Tour wins, the Florida native has been golfing at the pro level since 1996.
Anna Kournikova: $50 Million
The former Russian competitor's celebrity status made her a well-known tennis star worldwide. Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000.
She amassed a net worth of $50 million, largely thanks to her marketing endorsements.
Paula Creamer: $8 Million
Creamer has the nickname "The Pink Panther," thanks to her many bright outfits. The California native is one of the most steady golfers in the game.
She's ranked as high as number two in the Women's World Golf Rankings, and her career earnings are worth more than $8 million.
Inbee Park: $9 Million
Park was the number one ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf rankings for four separate runs.
Seven major championships have helped her earn $7.9 million in her still-young career.
Danica Patrick: $80 Million
Patrick's 2008 Indy Japan 300 victory made her the first woman to accomplish the feat in an IndyCar Series race. The Wisconsin native has a net worth of $80 million.
Since retiring from racing, Patrick has continued to earn money through sponsorships and investments.
Li Na: $60 Million
The Chinese tennis player retired in 2014. Her victories at the 2011 French Open and the 2014 Australian Open made her the first Grand Slam singles champion from Asia.
Earning $90 million made her one of the most feared opponents.
Yani Tseng: $6 Million
Tseng is the youngest male or female player to win five major titles.
Oh, and she has earned just over $6 million in her career. While their winnings rarely match those of their male counterparts, athletes like Tseng show that consideration should be given to fair and equal pots for first-place finishes!
Sloane Stephens: $20 Million
Sloane Stephens made her pro event debut in 2007, and by 2012 had found her rhythm, climbing the WTA rankings and playing the full season.
In 2017 Stephens became the US Open champion and reached her career-best ranking of No. 3 in the world after Wimbledon in 2018. Stephens's net worth is an estimated $20 million.
Jelena Jankovic: $15 Million
Jankovic has won 15 WTA singles titles and two doubles titles. The now-retired Serbian even won the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Jamie Murray.
Her success helped her accumulate $15 million in earnings.
Agnieszka Radwanska: $25 Million
Radwanska won 14 singles titles and reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. She would defeat Simona Halep in straight sets.
Following her retirement, Radwanska made nearly $7 million. Those earnings, of course, are split between winnings and sponsorships.
Lindsay Davenport: $20 Million
Davenport is one of five women who has been the year-end World No.1 at least four times. She even achieved the same ranking in doubles too.
When she walked away from the game in 2011, her earnings were $20 million.
Lorena Ochoa: $15 Million
The Mexican golfer left her mark on the golf world when she was the top-ranked female golfer for 158 consecutive weeks.
While being considered the best Latin American female golfer of all time, Ochoa has racked in over $15 million.
Annika Sorenstam: $40 Million
The Swede dominated in her era like no other golfer before. With 93 international championships, 72 LPGA tournaments, and ten majors, it's no wonder why she was such a special talent.
All in all, she would make $40 million in her career.
Karrie Webb: $15 Million
The Aussie golfer plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She also turns out a few times a year on the ALPG Tour too. With 41 wins on the LPGA Tour, Webb is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Webb has solidified herself with earnings of more than $15 million.
Kim Yuna: $8 Million
Kim is the first South Korean figure skater to win a medal at an ISU Junior or Senior Grand Prix event.
After hanging up her skates following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the former skater has gained a net worth of around $8 million.