Maria Sharapova Net Worth 2021: How Much Is Maria Worth Right Now?

Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, a five-time Grand Slam Singles Champion. At just 29 years of age, she’s one of the highest paid female athletes of all time. But her empire came tumbling down when Sharapova announced on Monday that she tested positive for the recently banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open.
Rumor has it her management agency, IMG Tennis intended to have Sharapova announce her retirement on Monday, February 3, 2016. But instead, Sharapova approached the lectern, admitted to taking the drug, and asked for a second chance at her career.
No doubt this scandal has a huge impact on her endorsement contracts, but first let’s take a look at how Sharapova came to make her fortune.

Maria Sharapova’s net worth as of 2019: $125 Million


2004

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Born in Nyagan, Russia, Sharapova moved to the United States with her father at age 7 to escape poverty and to launch a professional tennis career. At only 17 years-of-age, Sharapova defeated Serena Williams to win the prestigious Wimbledon tournament.  She won her second Grand Slam – the U.S. Open – in 2006, her third Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in 2008 and her fourth, the French Open in 2012.
Do you smell that in the air? It’s money in the air. We’re talking prize money.
Kaching!


2008

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Even though she’s a monster on court, the real money comes from off-court earnings. Sharapova has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and was named the most-searched for athlete by Yahoo in 2005 and 2008.
In 2008 Sharapova signed a deal with Tiffany & Co that saw her wear a different set of earrings for each of the four Grand Slams over a two-year period. Sharapova has said previously that “Beauty sells. I have to realize that’s a part of why people want me. I understand it. It’s fine. I’m not going to make myself ugly.”
The majority of Sharapova’s sponsors fall into the luxury bucket, or at least consumer items aimed at the middle- and upper-classes. Deals with the likes of Evian, Samsung, Porsche, Tag Heuer and Avon bring in around $12 million a year in off-court earnings.


2010

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Sharapova, who’s been sponsored by Nike since she was just 11-years-old, signed an eight year extension to her contract in 2010, reported to be worth around $70 million in total.
The deal is also thought to entitle Sharapova to a percentage of the sales from her line of dresses designed in conjunction with Nike.
Sharapova also receives $2 million per annum to play Head racquets, which puts her on a par with Roger Federer (who receives the same amount from Wilson) and rakes in double what Wilson pay Serena Williams.
In 2010, she has ended a 10-year sponsorship deal with racket manufacturer Prince Sports Inc.


2012

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In 2012 Sharapova started her own confectionary company, which she called “Sugarpova”. She invested $500,000 of her own money into the venture, which sells tennis ball-shaped chewing gum, gummy lips and the like online and in pop-up stores. The company sold 30,000 bags of candy in its first six months, and has since branched out into (inedible) clothing and jewelry.


2014

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2014 was a profitable year for Maria Sharapova. With victory in the Australian Open and three further ranking titles under her belt, the Russian banked $5.2 million of prize money in total – a marked increase on an injury-hit 2013.
With $35 million of prize money earned since she turned pro in 2001, Sharapova sits second in the WTA’s all-time career earnings list. While that’s extremely impressive, it’s just half of Serena Williams’ prize money pile. And yet, for all Williams’ dominance on the court Sharapova is miles ahead when it comes to off-court earnings. Sharapova earns millions more every year from numerous product endorsements for companies like Nike and Head.
To top it all off, Sharapova owns two mansions: one on Manhattan Beach, CA, and the other on Longboat Key, FL. The properties are worth comfortably north of $10 million in total.


2015

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In July 2015, Sharapova lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semi-final, and withdrew from tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati due to a leg injury shortly before traveling to Canada for her first hardcourt event.


2016-2017

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Everything came to a screeching halt for the golden child when on Monday, March 7, 2016, Sharapova admitted that she tested positive for meldonium for the Australian Open. Taken in high doses, meldonium is a performance enhancing drug. Sharapova said she’d been prescribed this drug by her family doctor for the past ten years to treat symptoms of diabetes, and wasn’t aware the drug had moved from the monitored list to the banned list in 2016.
Sharapova’s long-term sponsors Nike, TAG Heuer and Porsche announced they will be suspending sponsorships while the investigation continues.
On June 8th, 2016, Maria Sharapova was suspended from tennis for two years for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. Maria responded by saying she would appeal the decision to sport’s highest court.
On October 4, 2016, her suspension was reduced to 15 months. Sharapova is expected to return to tennis in April of 2017.


2018

Ace Tennis star, Maria Sharapova hopes to regain her touch on the turf after facing a 15-month suspension from drug tests.

2019

After being forced to retire from Shenzhen Open quarter-final for a thigh injury, Maria Sharapova might not play this year’s Australian Open.

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