Maria Sharapova is the Highest-Paid Female Athlete in the World
2012 French Open champion, Maria Sharapova, came on top of the new Forbes "World's Highest-Paid Athletes List" today.
The Russian is the only woman to make the top 50, bringing in $27.9 million ($5.9 million on tennis tournaments, and $22 million in endorsements). Masha is ranked number 26th.
Sharapova earns much more off the court than on it, thanks to deals with Evian, Head, Nike, Samsung and Tag Heuer.
Sales for the Maria Sharapova Collection, her line of products at Nike subsidiary Cole Haan, doubled last year.
Her ballet flat is the best selling female shoe and very soon she will have her own candy company called Sugarpova.
The only other woman on the list is fellow tennis player Li Na with a total of $18.4 million in earnings .