How did “Russian Doll” Maria Sharapova amass her staggering fortune?

According to statistics from Forbes magazine, the assets of Maria Sharapova, who announced her retirement on February 26, 2020, is 325 million USD . This huge number comes from prize money from tournaments and sponsorship contracts of many famous brands. In the women’s tennis industry, Masha’s total income is only surpassed by American legend Serena Williams with 350 million USD .

In 2004, Sharapova changed her life after winning the Wimbledon championship. At that time, the Russian tennis player was only 17 years old and defeated Serena Williams. Before winning the first Grand Slam of her career, Masha only had two sponsors. However, everything changed quickly after that.

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Sharapova is one of the richest players in women’s tennis. Photo: Getty Images.

Thanks to the Wimbledon championship, Sharapova became a face that attracted many sponsors. One after another, big brands came to the Russian star. Sharapova’s annual income skyrocketed over time, from 3 million USD /year to 18 million USD /year.

Sharapova is not just a “mobile vase”. She has real talent. This tennis player collected all 4 Grand Slam titles on different courts. Thanks to that, Masha has a very high prize money income, only losing to Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Other legends like Kim Clijsters and Steffi Graf could only look at their juniors with admiration.

At one point, Sharapova became the female tennis player with the highest participation fee in the WTA tournament system with 500,000 USD in an event. Not only beautiful and talented, Masha is also very skillful in business. In 2012, she launched a product line, Sugarpova candy. This brand then progressed rapidly, entering the field of fashion and jewelry.

Before being involved in a doping scandal in 2016, Sharapova’s personal page attracted more than 15 million followers. In 2015, her income was said to reach 30 million USD . Later, when Masha’s career was no longer as flourishing as before, she still became a beloved face of many brands.

In 2019, Sharapova only played a total of 15 matches and fell to 373rd in the world. The last tournament she attended was the Australian Open 2020, where Masha was eliminated in round 1. Sharapova’s farewell to the tennis industry left many regrets for fans. Everyone will no longer be able to see a beautiful, talented and money-making player in the “super” ranks of women’s tennis.

Fans often joke that the amount of prize money Sharapova gets from losing tournaments is only 2 people, but stands above many people. According to Forbes , the 32-year-old tennis player pocketed 38 million USD in prize money, the third highest of all time, only behind Serena Williams ( 88 million USD ) and Venus Williams ( 41 million USD ). Now that she has retired, Sharapova still makes a lot of money from sponsorship and advertising contracts, and at the same time she has also begun to venture into business.

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