As Serena Williams gears up for her subsequent Grand Slam event—the U.S. Open in New York—she continues to show that she is the best athlete of all time by topping Forbes' listing of highest paid feminine athletes, regardless of solely incomes $62,000 in prize cash over the previous 12 months.
Clearly, Williams' straight-from-tennis earnings could be down in a yr that noticed her take vital time without work earlier than and after the delivery of her lovely daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. (She didn't play competitively for 14 months.) However her bankability has lengthy been about extra than simply her athletic accomplishments, and he or she pulled in $18.1 million in endorsements and enterprise ventures, which embrace her Serena clothes line.
That's greater than twice as a lot in off-the-court earnings as the subsequent girl on the listing, Williams' good pal and fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, who introduced in $6 million in endorsements however $7 million in prize cash.
In truth, the highest six athletes on the listing come from the world of tennis (Venus Williams is available in at quantity six), which says one thing about how feminine athletes in that sport are paid, each on and off the court docket. Nevertheless, once you take a better take a look at the listing of highest-paid male athletes, the pay discrepancy for girls comes into sharp focus.
In truth, the high 100 highest-paid athletes on the planet, in keeping with annual knowledge obtained by Forbes, are all males. Boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the listing with $285 million. And whereas Serena Williams' current wage could look completely different than it has up to now (when enjoying full time in 2016–2017, she earned $27 million), it appears totally ridiculous that she could be the one girl shut to creating the listing in any given yr. Maybe essentially the most direct comparability will be made to Roger Federer, whose earnings over the previous yr topped $77 million and landed him at quantity seven on the Forbes' listing.
In fact, these are all monumental sums of cash that almost all of us can solely dream of—however the elementary drawback of pay inequality stays. Even for the G.O.A.T.
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