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.