The fundamentals of capitalism state that each one of us should parlay our talents and gifts in exchange for wealth, based off what the market desires. When it comes to professional athletes, that group is able to take their copious abilities and exchange it for almost ungodly sums of money, since that’s what their market value is. Of course, some athletes are also able to use their talents to help pad their net worth with lucrative sponsorships and endorsement deals.
Many female professional athletes have done a great job capitalizing on that overall package of talents — as represented in this list. We highlighted the highest paid female athletes in the world, who were able to generate their earnings through a combination of in-sport talent, off-the-field efforts, and online followings. This list represents the best of the best of those combinations. Who are they and how much do they make? Click the Next Button below to get started.
German-born Alica Schmidt isn’t necessarily a household name to the common sports fan, but she’s far from a niche presence in the track and field world. While we expect her recognition to grow after she potentially competes in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, she’s not doing too bad on the popularity index right now, considering she’s currently sitting north of 1.6 million followers on Instagram.
Schmidt’s net worth of somewhere around $500,000 may not raise eyebrows in the same way as many of her peers on this list, but it’s safe to say that she has an immense upside — for multiple obvious reasons. Thanks to being a frequent presence in the sports blogosphere, it wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprising to see her public profile increase, with her net worth following suit.