Today, the 21-year-old Osaka has become a world sports star, unexpectedly triumphant at the US Open. She also triumphed at the Australian Open earlier this year, winning her second Grand Slam title.
Osaka became the first rocket in the world in January, taking first place in the WTA singles division for half a year. She has now retired to second place, but is currently led by Australian tennis player Ashley Bartolomey.
Forbes reports that Osaka's revenue from tennis tournament prize money has grown from $ 1.5 million to $ 16 million annually, thanks largely to advertising contracts with Mastercard, All Nippon Airways, Nissan and Procter & Gamble.
Osaka's revenue is expected to grow sharply over the year, as she signed a lucrative deal with sportswear company Nike earlier this year.
Osaka has earned $ 24.3 million over the last 12 months. She is only the fourth athlete in the world to earn 20 million a year.
Previously, only three athletes, including tennis players Serina Williams (USA), Maria Sharapova (Russia) and Li Na (China), have succeeded.
According to Forbes magazine, between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019, the highest incomes in the world Serena Williamswhose income it was $ 29.2 million (25 million ads, 4.2 million in tournament prizes).
Osaka came in second with 24.3 million (16 million in ads, 8.3 million in tournament awards).
The German tennis player is in third position Angelica Kerberwhich won one year 11.8 million (6.5 million ads, 5.3 million tournaments.
Among the Top 15 Most Winning Athletes in the World, only three are not tennis players – footballer Alex Morgan (USA), badminton player Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (India) and golfer Aria Yutanugarna (Thailand). The first ten are just tennis players.
In many sports, women are paid less than men. Forbes reports that last season the highest salary for a toy in the National Basketball Association (WNBA) was $ 117.5 thousand, while the highest salary for an NBA player was $ 37.4 million.
Alex Morgan, a top 15 player in the United States, earns 5.5 of his $ 5.8 million in advertising revenue annually.
The badminton player in India, Pusarla Venkata Sindh, also received the vast majority of direct advertising revenue (5 million in advertising, 500,000 in badminton cash).
2019 Top 15 richest athletes in the world
- Serena Williams (USA) 29.2 million US dollars (tennis)
- Naomi Osaka (Japan) 24.3 million (Tennis)
- Angelica Kerber (Germany) 11.8 million (Tennis)
- Simone Halepa (Romania) 10.2 million (Tennis)
- Sloan Stephen (USA) 9.6 million (Tennis)
- Karolīne Vozņacki (Denmark) 7.5 million (Tennis)
- Maria Sharapova (Russia) 7 million (Tennis)
- Carolina Plishkova (Czech Republic) 6.3 million (Tennis)
- Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6.1 million (Tennis)
- Venus Williams (USA) 5.9 million (Tennis)
- Gavrin Mugurusa (Spain) 5.9 million (Tennis)
- From Alex Morgan (USA) 5.8 million (Football)
- Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (India) 5.5 million (Football)
- Madison Keys (USA) 5.5 million (Tennis)
- Ariya Yutanugarna (Thailand) 5.3 million (Golf)