Highest Paid Women Athletes in 2006

Here are some of the top paid women athletes for 2006, taken from Forbes Magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list. Forbes also publish a list of the 2006 Best Paid Athletes which is comprised mostly of male athletes.

The highest paid sportswoman for this year was Maria Sharapova with earnings of 19 million dollars, well less than the highest paid male athlete for the same time period Tiger Woods who had combined earnings of 90 million. This is not an official list of top paid sportswomen - there may be other women who make as much as these but did not have the popularity to make the Celebrity list. See more lists of the World's Highest Paid Women Athletes.

Name Country Sport earnings (US$ million) previous year
1 Maria Sharapova Russia Tennis 19 1
2 Michelle Wie USA Golf 17
3 Serena Williams USA Tennis 10 2
4 Annika Sorenstam Sweden Golf 8 3
5 Venus Williams USA Tennis 7 4



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