Maria Kirilenko Highest-Paid Tennis player in the World

Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid tennis players” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the tennis player, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 36-year-old Maria Kirilenko has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid tennis players for 2023 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 01/04/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Maria Kirilenko tops annual list of highest-paid tennis players

In 2020 it looked like the tennis player’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (March 31) that Kirilenko is the highest-paid tennis player in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between March 2022 and March 2023, a nearly $30 million lead over her closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Russian tennis player has an estimated net worth of $185 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Kirilenko Burger” chain) in Moscow, a Football Team (the “Moscow Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderkirilenko - Russia), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Maria) and a fashion line called “Maria Kirilenko Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Maria fans, who have been waiting for her triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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