No Women Made The 2018 Forbes' 100 Richest Athletes List

No Women Made The 2018 Forbes' 100 Richest Athletes List

Serena Williams, along with every other established female athlete, is seemingly absent from the yearly list.

Serena Williams, along with every other established female athlete, is seemingly absent from the yearly list.

Text: Gretty Garcia

It’s a man’s world according the Forbes’ Top 100 Richest Athletes list --

Not a single woman for the first time since 2010 graced the yearly list, which sheds light on the earnings of the world’s leading athletes. It should be noted that Serena Williams, who's remarkable comeback is currently underway after giving birth to her daughter Alexis in September, was single handedly the only female representative who made it onto the 2017 list.

The Guardian explains that despite the fact that Williams, the winner of 23 grand slam tennis single titles, raked in “$18m off-court earnings from sponsors, [it was] insufficient for her to make the top 100."

According to the Forbes website, "the 100 top-earning athletes hail from 22 different countries and compete in 11 sports with Americans (65) and basketball players (40) the most prevalent. Over the last 12 months they banked a cumulative $3.8 billion with 23% derived from endorsements and appearances." Yet, despite the diversity in various respects, the clear delineation with regards to the flagrant disparity between men and women is surely something to underscore. The direct correlation between Williams dropping off this year’s list and her decreased earnings due to her pregnancy and maternity leave is alarming. 

Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes' senior editor, reported to CNN Sport that if based on endorsements alone, Williams undoubtedly would be ranked in the top 10. Badenhausen made the claim: "She's more popular than ever with corporate sponsors. By our count she banked $18 million with those partners who she still continues to be engaged with, whether it's IBM, Nike, Wilson, so she does a lot off the court…Her endorsement earnings would put her up in the top 10 in the world. She just hasn't any prize money to go with that. I expect once Serena is back on the court and raking up those millions in prize money we'll see her back on the list next year.”

Below is the list of the top 10 earners:

  1. Floyd Mayweather ($285m)
  2. Lionel Messi ($111m)
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo ($108m)
  4. Conor McGregor ($99m)
  5. Neymar ($90m)
  6. LeBron James ($85.5m)
  7. Roger Federer ($77.2m)
  8. Stephen Curry ($76.9m)
  9. Matt Ryan ($67.3m)
  10. Matthew Stafford ($59.5m)

The full list can be seen here.

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