Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2023: Coco Scores Top Slot at $23M

December 6, 2023

Tennis players continue to dominate the top of the pay charts, holding nine of the 15 slots among the highest-paid female athletes, followed by soccer and skiing with two each, and single athletes from golf (Nelly Korda) and gymnastics (Simone Biles).

The top 15 earned a combined $174 million, down 19% from the prior year with the retirement of Williams ($35 million in 2022) and Osaka’s earnings off 72% to $15 million. The sum includes prize money, salaries and bonuses during 2023 for active athletes. The endorsement earnings estimates were compiled through conversations with those familiar with marketing agreements and also includes royalties, memorabilia, appearance fees, media and businesses tied to their celebrity. The figures are all before taxes and any agent fees. Sportico