The 100 top-earning athletes hail from 23 countries and compete in ten sports, with Americans (65) and baseball players (26) the most numerous. Over the last 12 months, they banked a cumulative $3.15 billion, 29% of which came from endorsements and appearances. More
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are the only two women to crack the top 100 this year for the second straight year. They flip-flopped spots with Williams adding new sponsors and securing lucrative bonuses from her three 2015 Grand Slam titles, while Sharapova’s prize money fell nearly $5 million with her sidelined after a failed drug test in January.