Highest Paid Women Athletes in 2005

Here is the list of the top paid women athletes for 2005, taken from Forbes Magazine's 2005 Best Paid Athletes list. Earnings estimates (US dollars) are for June 2007 to June 2005. Totals include salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees.

The highest paid sportswoman for this year was Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova with earnings of 18.2 million dollars, well less than the highest paid male athlete Tiger Woods who had combined earnings of 87 million dollars in 2005. See more lists of the World's Highest Paid Women Athletes.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1. Maria Sharapova Russia Tennis 18.2
2. Serena Williams USA Tennis 12.7 1
3. Annika Sorenstam Sweden Golf 7.3
4. Venus Williams USA Tennis 6.5 2
5. Lindsay Davenport USA Tennis 6

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