Maria Sharapova is a Russian pro-tennis player with an estimated net worth of $80 million dollars. Born April 19, 1987, she is a 3-time Grand Slam Singles Champion and the highest paid female athlete of all time. She is ranked Number 16 in the world. Sharapova moved to the United States with her father at age 16 to escape poverty and to attempt to launch a professional tennis career. She enrolled in the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy and, by age 17 had won her first Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2004. She won her second Grand Slam – the U.S. Open – in 2006; and her third Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in 2008. Sharapova has also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and was named the most-searched for athlete by Yahoo in 2005 and 2008. She has won 20 tournaments, has earned over $13 million in prize money and receives additional income form numerous product endorsements. Maria Sharapova is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Project.
Maria Sharapova's career has been spotty, due to a chronic shoulder condition that has required surgery. She has been ranked #1 in the world four times and has won 22 singles titles, three doubles titles, and three Grand Slams. She is currently ranked 16th in the world but she is the highest paid female athlete in the world!