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World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes: Only 2 Women on the List

These athletes are living the life and while they’re certainly rolling in the dough, some of them are getting away with murder. Here are the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, more than a few of whom are going to have you scratching your head. There are only 2 women on this list. Why aren’t women athletes paid as much as men athletes? You tell me! Only tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams made the top 100 highest-paid athletes. This isn’t about the battle of the sexes. It’s not about whether a female athlete could beat a male athlete at the same sport. This is about women not being valued in our society as much as men. This happens to women who work in all fields. It’s called the Gender Pay Gap. Studies show that women only make 79% of what a man earns. There are no signs of this changing much. The gap is not expected to close for about 100 years. I’m actually not that upset that only 2 women are among the top 100 highest paid athletes, but I am mad as hell that all women, especially women of color, who only make 64% of what white men earn, are getting their fair share of the pie.

 RankNamePaySalary/WinningsEndorcementsSport
floyd-mayweather_100x100#01Floyd Mayweather$300 M$285 M$15 MBoxing
manny-pacquiao_100x100#02Manny Pacquiao$160 M$148 M$12 MBoxing
cristiano-ronaldo_100x100#03Cristiano Ronaldo$79.6 M$52.6 M$27 MSoccer
lionel-messi_100x100#04Lionel Messi$73.8 M$51.8 M$22 MSoccer
roger-federer_100x100#05Roger Federer$67 M$9 M$58 MTennis
lebron-james_100x100#06LeBron James$64.8 M$20.8 M$44 MBasketball
kevin-durant_100x100#07Kevin Durant$54.2 M$19.1 M$35 MBasketball
phil-mickelson_100x100#08Phil Mickelson$50.8 M$2.8 M$48 MGolf
tiger-woods_100x100#09Tiger Woods$50.6 M$0.6 M$50 MGolf
kobe-bryant_100x100#10Kobe Bryant$49.5 M$23.5 M$26 MBasketball
ben-roethlisberger_100x100#11Ben Roethlisberger$48.9 M$46.4 M$2.5 MFootball
rory-mcilroy_100x100#12Rory McIlroy$48.3 M$16.3 M$32 MGolf
novak-djokovic_100x100#13Novak Djokovic$48.2 M$16 M$32 KTennis
zlatan-ibrahimovic_100x100#14Zlatan Ibrahimovic$39.1 M$33.1 M$6 MSoccer
lewis-hamilton_100x100#15Lewis Hamilton$39 M$36 M$3 MRacing
ndamukong-suh_100x100#16Ndamukong Suh$38.6 M$38.2 M$400 KFootball
fernando-alonso_100x100#17Fernando Alonso$35.5 M$34 M$1.5 MRacing
gareth-bale_100x100#18Gareth Bale$35 M$25.5 M$9.5 MSoccer
jon-lester_100x100#19Jon Lester$34.1 M$33.7 M$400 KBaseball
derrick-rose_100x100#20Derrick Rose$33.9 M$18.9 M$15 MBasketball
sebastian-vettel_100x100#21Sebastian Vettel$33 M$32 M$1 MRacing
rafael-nadal_100x100#22Rafael Nadal$32.5 M$4.5 M$28 MTennis
mahendra-singh-dhoni_100x100#23Mahendra Singh Dhoni$31 M$4 M$27 MCricket
neymar_100x100#24Neymar$31 M$14 M$17 MSoccer
carmelo-anthony_100x100#25Carmelo Anthony$30.5 M$22.5 M$8 MBasketball
maria-sharapova_100x100#26Maria Sharapova$29.7 M$6.7 M$23 MTennis
carson-palmer_100x100#27Carson Palmer$29 M$28.5 M$0.5 MFootball
james-rodriguez_100x100#28James Rodriguez$29 M$24.5 M$4.5 MSoccer
jj-watt_100x100#29J.J. Watt$27.9 M$20.9 M$7 MFootball
robinson-cano_100x100#30Robinson Cano$27.6 M$24.1 M$3.5 MBaseball
dwyane-wade_100x100#31Dwayne Wade$27.2 M$15.2 M$12 MBasketball
peyton-manning_100x100#32Peyton Manning$27 M$15 M$12 MFootball
kimi-raikkonen_100x100#33Kimi Raikkonen$27 M$25 M$2 MRacing
clayton-kershaw_100x100#34Clayton Kershaw$26.9 M$25.7 M$1.2 MBaseball
wayne-rooney_100x100#35Wayne Rooney$26.9 M$19.9 M$7 MSoccer
gerald-mccoy_100x100#36Gerald McCoy$26.7 M$26.5 M$150 KFootball
chris-paul_100x100#37Chris Paul$26.1 M$20.1 M$6 MBasketball
radamel-falcao_100x100#38Radamel Falcao$25.9 M$21.9 M$4 MSoccer
albert-pujols_100x100#39Albert Pujols$25.9 M$23.4 M$2.5 MBaseball
ryan-howard_100x100#40Ryan Howard$25.6 M$25 M$0.6 MBaseball
dwight-howard_100x100#41Dwight Howard$25.5 M$21.5 M$4 MBasketball
cliff-lee_100x100#42Cliff Lee$25.2 M$25 M$200 KBaseball
miguel-cabrera_100x100#43Miguel Cabrera$25.1 M$22.1 M$3 MBaseball
amare-stoudemire_100x100#44Amar’e Stoudemire$25 M$22 M$3 MBasketball
sergio-aguero_100x100#45Sergio Aguero$24.9 M$17.9 M$7 MSoccer
blake-griffin_100x100#46Blake Griffin$24.7 M$17.7 M$7 MBasketball
serena-williams_100x100#47Serena Williams$24.6 M$11.6 M$13 MTennis
prince-fielder_100x100#48Prince Fielder$24.3 M$24 M$300 KBaseball
joe-johnson_100x100#49Joe Johnson$24.2 M$23.2 M$1 MBasketball
joe-mauer_100x100#50Joe Mauer$24 M$23 M$1 MBaseball
cc-sabathia_100x100#51CC Sabathia$23.9 M$23 M$0.9 MBaseball
chris-bosh_100x100#52Chris Bosh$23.8 M$20.8 M$3 MBasketball
zack-greinke_100x100#53Zack Greinke$23.7 M$23.7 M$50 KBaseball
eli-manning_100x100#54Eli Manning$23.7 M$15.7 M$8 MFootball
dale-earnhardt-jr_100x100#55Dale Earnhardt, Jr.$23.6 M$14.6 M$9 MRacing
justin-verlander_100x100#56Justin Verlander$23.4 M$22.7 M$0.8 MBaseball
andy-dalton_100x100#57Andy Dalton$23.3 M$22.3 M$1 MFootball
masahiro-tanaka_100x100#58Masahiro Tanaka$23 M$22 M$1 MBaseball
mark-teixeira_100x100#59Mark Teixeira$23 M$22.5 M$0.5 MBaseball
felix-hernandez_100x100#60Felix Hernandez$22.9 M$22.7 M$200 KBaseball
cole-hamels_100x100#61Cole Hamels$22.7 M$22.5 M$200 KBaseball
jimmie-johnson_100x100#62Jimmie Johnson$22.7 M$16.2 M$6.5 MRacing
wladimir-klitschko_100x100#63Wladimir Klitschko$22.5 M$19 M$3.5 MBoxing
andy-murray_100x100#64Andy Murray$22.3 M$6.3 M$16 MTennis
matt-kemp_100x100#65Matt Kemp$22.2 M$21 M$1.2 MBaseball
lesean-mccoy_100x100#66LeSean McCoy$22.1 M$21.3 M$0.9 MFootball
drew-brees_100x100#67Drew Brees$22 M$11 M$11 MFootball
tony-romo_100x100#68Tony Romo$22 M$17 M$5 MFootball
adrian-gonzalez_100x100#69Adrian Gonzalez$21.5 M$21.1 M$400 KBaseball
jacoby-ellsbury_100x100#70Jacoby Ellsbury$21.4 M$21.1 M$300 KBaseball
tyron-smith_100x100#71Tyron Smith$21.4 M$21.1 M$250 KFootball
deron-williams_100x100#72Deron Williams$21.3 M$19.8 M$1.5 MBasketball
usain-bolt_100x100#73Usain Bolt$21 M$15 M$21 MTrack
luis-suarez_100x100#74Luis Suarez$21 M$16.5 M$4.5 MSoccer
matt-cain_100x100#75Matt Cain$20.8 M$20.4 M$400 KBaseball
david-wright_100x100#76David Wright$20.8 M$20 M$0.8 MBaseball
carl-crawford_100x100#77Carl Crawford$20.7 M$20.4 M$300 KBaseball
jayson-werth_100x100#78Jayson Werth$20.6 M$20.4 M$200 KBaseball
cesc-fabregas_100x100#79Cesc Fabregas$20.3 M$15.3 M$5 MSoccer
hanley-ramirez_100x100#80Hanley Ramirez$20.3 M$20 M$300 KBaseball
russell-westbrook_100x100#81Russell Westbrook$20.3 M$15.8 M$4.5 MBasketball
justin-rose_100x100#82Justin Rose$20.2 M$8.2 M$12 MGolf
yaya-toure_100x100#83Yaya Touré$20 M$17 M$3 MSoccer
rudy-gay_100x100#84Rudy Gay$19.9 M$19.3 M$0.6 MBasketball
jordan-spieth_100x100#85Jordan Spieth$19.8 M$8.8 M$11 MGolf
adam-wainwright_100x100#86Adam Wainwright$19.8 M$19.7 M$150 KBaseball
frank-lampard_100x100#87Frank Lampard$19.7 M$15.7 M$4 MSoccer
kevin-love_100x100#88Kevin Love$19.7 M$15.7 M$4 MBasketball
david-ortiz_100x100#89David Ortiz$19.7 M$15.7 M$4 MBaseball
eden-hazard_100x100#90Eden Hazard$19.6 M$16.1 M$3.5 MSoccer
alex-smith_100x100#91Alex Smith$19.6 M$19.1 M$0.5 MFootball
kei-nishikori_100x100#92Kei Nishikori$19.5 M$4.5 M$15 MTennis
devin-mccourty_100x100#93Devin McCourty$19.3 M$19.1 M$250 KFootball
mesut-ozil_100x100#94Mesut Ozil$19.3 M$12.8 M$6.5 MSoccer
aaron-rodgers_100x100#95Aaron Rodgers$19.1 M$11.6 M$7.5 MFootball
billy-horschel_100x100#96Billy Horschel$19 M$16 M$3 MGolf
jeremy-lin_100x100#97Jeremy Lin$18.9 M$14.9 M$4 MBasketball
maurkice-pouncey_100x100#98Maurkice Pouncey$18.9 M$18.8 M$100 KFootball
max-scherzer_100x100#99Max Scherzer$18.9 M$18.7 M$150 KBaseball
james-harden_100x100#100James Harden$18.8 M$14.8 M$4 MBasketball

source & photos/Forbes