Sports stars make their millions in different avenues, from prize money, sponsorships and endorsements or even guest appearances.
Urbannewsgh.com have compiled a list of the top 5 richest tennis players in the world, including ex and current pros. The usual suspects all feature, but number one may come as a bit of a surprise.
1. Ion Tiriac $2 billion
Who predicted this?! Ion Tiriac takes top spot in this list by quite some margin.
His tennis career is probably the most uninspiring from all 25 players mentioned, but he has made his billions after hanging up his racket.
The Romanian founded the private bank, Banca Tiriac in 1990, earning his fortune that way.
In 2007, he became the first Romanian to ever make the billionaires list in Forbes magazine.
2. Roger Federer $450 million
Roger Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, however, the Swiss man has to settle for second place on this list.
As one of the most successful players in history, it’s no surprises to see him so high up.
He has his own clothing brand as well as being one of the most marketable sportsmen in the world, so to see him so far ahead of the likes of Djokovic, in third, is no surprise.
3. Novak Djokovic $200 million
It won’t come as a surprise to see this man in the top three. He is joint with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam wins in second place behind Nadal’s 21.
He will surely go down as an all-time great.
The current world number 1 has sparked controversy lately after missing tournaments for his stance on the Covid 19 vaccine.
4. Rafael Nadal $180 million
Nadal has earned over $100 million in prize money, showing just how dominant he has been in the sport for such a prolonged period of time.
5. Serena Williams $180 million
Undoubtedly the greatest female tennis player of all time, Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles to add to her plethora of other triumphs and Olympic Medals along with her doubles successes with her sister, Venus.
She is the highest female on this list, which is no surprise when she earns up to $20 million annually from her sponsorships and endorsement deals.