Serena Williams Is the Only Woman on List of Highest Paid Athletes

Serena Williams Is the Only Woman on List of Highest Paid Athletes

Scanning Forbes' just-released list of the 100 highest paid athletes, you can find representatives from various sports and countries spanning the globe.

The thing they have in common: They're all men. Except for one, that is.

If you're scrolling too fast you just might miss her, but tennis phenom Serena Williams is nestled in the 51st spot, tied with baseball player Ryan Howard, with a total income of $27 million, from salary, winnings and endorsements.

You heard us. The best tennis player in the entire world still gets paid less than 50 other athletes. Fellow tennis star Roger Federer nabbed the fourth spot, raking in $64 million — more than double what Williams made. We'll just let that sink in.

And just ("just" being a relative term here) $8 million of Williams earnings came from salary/winnings, one of the lowest on the list. (For reference, the Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who claimed the last spot on the list, earned $13.4 million in salary/winnings.)

Interestingly though, Williams did out-earn Federer in this category. He made $6 million, with the other $58 million coming from endorsement deals.

Still, as the only tennis player, male or female, to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles — the last of which she won while almost two months pregnant — you'd think she'd be higher on the list. And joined by some other powerhouse women.

Looks like we've still got some work to do, ladies.

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