Korean figure skating star Kim Yu-na has been ranked eighth among the top 10 highest paid woman athletes in the world, Tuesday (KST).
Forbes magazine announced that the Vancouver Olympic gold medalist earned about $10 million last year, to rank eighth while Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova maintained the top spot for a seventh consecutive year by earning $25 million.
The publication introduced Kim as the most popular athlete in Korea. It also mentioned that she has set up a sports management company to represent her. The company was responsible for staging ice show in Korea as well as in Los Angeles.
In data collected between July 2010 and July 2011, the earnings estimates cover endorsements, appearance fees, prize money, licensing income and salary.
Kim and Li Na, the first Grand Slam Chinese champion winning the French Open in June, earned the same amount of money but Li was one step ahead of Kim in the list and Forbes didn’t explain the discrepancy.
Li is the only other Asian on the list.
Among the top 10 highest earning females seven are tennis players and Kim is the lone winter sports athlete.
Forbes releases the list every year and Kim dropped three places from fifth with $9.7 million in the previous ranking.
Current world No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark ranked second with income half of Sharapova’s at $12.5 million.
Meanwhile the combined amount earned by the 10 highest paid women in sports was $113 million compared to the $449 million raked in by the top 10 highest paid male athletes.