The 9 Highest Paid Female Athletes of 2012

We just wrapped up an Olympics that some people have called “the Women’s Games” because there were more female athletes with considerably higher profiles than ever before. So obviously, with this increase in notoriety, female athletes are making tons of money these days, right?

Well, that depends. Compared to you or me, sure, they’re making tons of money. But compared to their male counterparts? Not so much. The ladies at the top of the list you’re about to read do pretty well for themselves. But the ones at the bottom still “only” make about as much as the average NBA player does in a season.

Of course, that kind of salary isn’t going to leave them struggling to pay the mortgage, and I’m not saying we should feel sorry for them. It’s just that the extent of the disparity is surprising given the attention that female athletes get these days.

Anyway, read on to find out who the 9 highest-paid female athletes are and how they made their bucks. Several of these women are mainstays on these rankings, but there are a few new faces. So let’s get to it.

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