Maria Sharapova dominates the sport on and off the courts. Now she’s turned her sights to the business world…
In Forbes’ recent list of ’30 Under 30′ — showcasing the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of 30 — Sharapova receives top billing for her dominance in sports and business.
According to Forbes, she was the world’s highest-paid female athlete last year, earning $29 million, of which $23 million came from deals off the court. A four-time grand-slam winner, she’s piled up endorsements over the years from, among others, Porsche, Motorola, Tiffany and Nike, which created a Maria Sharapova apparel line.
Last year she launched her first independent business, a candy line called Sugarpova, with 12 flavors of premium candies (not to mention jewelry and accessories featuring the Sugarpova lips logo) and estimated revenues of $6 million.
“Business has always been a passion of mine,” she says. “And I have always had a sweet tooth… A tennis career is such a small part of life.”
Other tennis players on Forbes’ list include:
Andy Murray (26): The Scottish Murray was a winner at Wimbledon this past summer, possibly worth tens of millions in endorsements. Especially after previous victories at the U.S. Open and London Olympics.
Kei Nishikori (24): Japan’s top player now rakes in $9 million annually in endorsements, generally unheard of for those without a Grand Slam title. In an SNL “It’s Pat!” moment, Nishikori was incorrectly listed as a female on the Forbes list, playing in the WTA. Oops!
Caroline Wozniacki (23): She extended a lucrative deal with Adidas this year. Seventh highest-paid female athlete earned $13.6 million over the past year, about $11 million of which came from her endorsement stable.
Here’s Maria talking about her Sugarpova candy line and her ambitions in business…