She is young, beautiful, admired by millions and a millionaire. This is Maria Sharapova, a skilled professional tennis player and even more skilled promoter and marketer of her own image. She is one of the professional sportspersons with the highest earnings from various endorsements and she knows exactly how to strike gold from every advertising deal she signs.
Maria Sharapova Net Worth - $125 Million
Birth Name - Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Date of birth - 19 April 1987
Zodiac Sign - Aries
Birth Place - Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality - Russian
Height - 6′ 2″
Profession - Model, Tennis player
A Little Russian Girl with a Big Dream: Maria Sharapova started out like million other Russian girls with a talent for tennis and the will to make sacrifices to reach the top. She worked her way up the WTA ranks and, for some years, has reached the elevated top 5 level. With major wins in top Grand Slam Tournaments, Maria Sharapova accumulated wealth, WTA points and notoriety.
Her first notable achievement is reaching the quarter finals of the Roland Garros French Open in 2004, at the age of 17. Just a few weeks later, Maria Sharapova wins the Wimbledon Singles title – the first out of a total of 5 Grand Slam titles. In between Grand Slam tournaments, Sharapova amassed other 15 WTA Tour titles, and became one of the most serious contenders for the No. 1 WTA ranking.
A Savvy Marketer of Her Image: The tall, glamorous blonde also attracted the attention of top advertisers who approached her to endorse their product. Quite unsurprisingly, her biggest endorsement deal is with Nike, who supplies her with tennis rackets, balls and clothing for all tournaments. Her loyalty to Nike brand (she has been using their gear for over 10 years) added $70 million to Maria Sharapova net worth when her endorsement deal was extended in 2010 for another 8 years.
The Swedish beauty brand Avon has been looking for a while for a fresh face to become the ambassador of their fragrance Luck. And who is luckier than the young and beautiful Maria Sharapova, a shining star on the tennis court and under the spotlight? Avon certainly got lucky with the Russian tennis pro as the promoter of their perfume.
Luxury car brand Porsche also decided to take advantage of Sharapova’s rising star and named her a brand ambassador in 2013 (the promotional deal is set to end next year, in 2016). Other top brands Maria Sharapova promotes include Tag Heuer, Tiffany and Evian.
In total, the Russian tennis pro makes $22 million per year from endorsement deals. Sharapova has also opened her own business recently.
Aptly named Sugarpova, the brand offers the public a candy line as sweet as the taste of Maria Sharapova’s professional and financial success…