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The 7 Highest-Paid Female Athletes in the World

The 7 Highest-Paid Female Athletes in the World

The 7 Highest-Paid Female Athletes in the World Serena Williams thanks the crowd at the French Open. | Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

We wish we could say that male and female athletes earned the same amount of money, but that wouldn’t be the truth. Despite the undeniable fame that comes with being a professional athlete, there is still a major gender wage gap — even in the world of sports.

However, compared to most people, female athletes still make a pretty good living. By focusing on “salaries, prize money, bonuses, endorsements, appearances fees and licensing income between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016,” Forbes determined that the 10 highest-paid female athletes combined to make a total $124 million over the past year.

Of course, as with most endeavors, some individuals made out better than others. With that in mind, here’s a look at the seven female athletes who earned more than the rest.

7. Garbine Muguruza

Total earnings: $7.6 million

While the winnings from her victory at the 2016 French Open — her first career Grand Slam — fall outside the June 1 cutoff and therefore aren’t counted in the above figure, Garbine Muguruza still earned enough loot in the past year to come in at No. 7 on the list of 2016’s highest-paid female athletes.

According to Forbes, Muguruza earned $4.6 million in prize money (second in the WTA in 2015) while pulling in a more than respectable $3 million in endorsement money. She might not be a household name to those who aren’t immersed in the tennis community, however, something tells us that the 22-year-old is here to stay.

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