By Weston Blasi
The coronavirus pandemic did not stall the earnings of female sports stars.
The 10 highest-earning female athletes made a combined $167 million before taxes in 2021, a 23% jump from 2020 levels, according to a new annual earnings list from Forbes .
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Interestingly, just one of the 10 athletes on the list made more money directly from her sport than she did “off the field.”
Here is a list of the 10 highest-paid female athletes and how they made their money. The dollar figures below were calculated by Forbes.
10. Candace Parker, $5.7 million
The star of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, Candace Parker, benefits from a lot of endorsement deals to counteract the fact that her WNBA salary is capped at $200,000 due to league rules. Parker has deals with Adidas /zigman2/quotes/206448829/delayed XE:ADS +1.87% , Capital One /zigman2/quotes/226519535/composite COF.PRL -0.06% and CarMax /zigman2/quotes/204412041/composite KMX -2.54% .
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Parker also works as an NBA analyst for Turner Sports.
Parker’s earnings from the past year were $200,000 on the court, and $5.5 million off the court.
9. Nelly Korda, $5.9 million
Korda, one of the LPGA’s star golfers, won her first major at the Women’s PGA Championship.
Korda benefits from several sponsorships, including Hanwha Q Cells, a manufacturer of solar cells, and UKG, a tech company focused on workforce management, according to Forbes .
Korda’s earnings from the past year were $2.4 million on the course, and $3.5 million off the course.
8. Ashleigh Barty, $6.9 million
Barty is the only athlete on this list who made more money from playing her sport than she did through other endeavors.
She was the highest-earning woman based on from tennis tournament winnings in 2021.
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Barty’s earnings from the past year were $3.9 million on the court, and $3 million off the court.
7. P.V. Sindhu, $7.2 million
Perhaps not a household name in the U.S., Sindhu is a 26-year-old badminton star from India. Sindhu has medaled in each of the last two Olympics Games.
Sindhu has over 3 million followers on Instagram , and has lucrative sponsorship deals with ed-tech giant Byju’s and used-car platform Spinny, in addition to partners like Li-Ning sportswear and India’s Bank of Baroda, according to Forbes.
Sindhu’s earnings from the past year were $200,000 on the court, and $7 million off it.