Maria Sharapova’s Net Worth

Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born 19 April 1987) is a Russian former world No. 1 tennis player.

She competed on the WTA Tour from 2001 to 2020 and was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for 21 weeks. She is one of ten women to achieve the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having won silver in women’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics. She has been considered one of the best tennis competitors of her generation.

Maria Sharapova was born on 19 April 1987, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Her parents, Yuri Sharapov and Yelena are from Gomel, Byelorussian SSR.

Concerned about the regional effects of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear accident, they left their homeland shortly before Maria was born.

Sharapova first hit tennis fame in November 2000, when she won the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships in the girls’ 16 division at the age of just 13. She was then given a special distinction, the Rising Star Award, which is awarded only to players of exceptional promise.

Sharapova made her professional debut in 2001 on her 14th birthday on 19 April, and played her first WTA tournament at the Pacific Life Open in 2002, winning a match before losing to Monica Seles.

Following her Wimbledon win, attention and interest in Sharapova in the media greatly increased, and a rise in popularity was dubbed “Maria Mania.

Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on 22 August 2005 at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian woman to top the singles rankings, and last held the position on 8 July 2012.

She won five major titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. She won 36 titles in total, including the year-end championships on her debut in 2004. She also won three doubles titles. Although she played under the banner of Russia with the WTA, she has lived in and been a United States permanent resident since 1994.

Unfortunately, Sharapova failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open, testing positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned (effective 1 January 2016) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

On 8 June 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). On 4 October 2016, the suspension was reduced to 15 months, starting from the date of the failed test, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that she had committed “no significant fault” and that she had taken the substance “based on a doctor’s recommendation… with good faith belief that it was appropriate and compliant with the relevant rules”. She returned to the WTA Tour on 26 April 2017 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Sharapova has been featured in several modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan.

Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chornobyl Recovery and Development Programme. In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time, and in March 2012 was named one of the “100 Greatest of All Time” by Tennis Channel.

According to Forbes, she was the highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned professional in 2001. In 2018, she launched a new program to mentor women entrepreneurs.

Sharapova used the Prince Triple Threat Hornet for part of 2003 and then used several different Prince racquets.

She started the 2004 season with the Prince More Attack 920, which she used to win the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. She gave the racquet to Regis Philbin when taping Live with Regis and Kelly, and began using the Prince Turbo Shark MP specially designed for her at the 2004 US Open until 2005. She then switched to the Prince O3 White racquet with a custom paint job in January 2006 which helped her capture her second major at the 2006 US Open.

She briefly used the Prince O3 Speedport White at the 2007 Kremlin Cup, but ultimately switched back to the O3 White, continuing her success with the racquet by winning her third major at the 2008 Australian Open. She then switched to the Prince O3 Speedport Black in July 2008 after returning to the tour from shoulder surgery, then switched to the Prince EXO3 Black 100 in 2010. After being with Prince for ten years, Sharapova began endorsing Head racquets in 2011 and used their Instinct line, winning the French Open in 2012 and 2014 until she retired in 2020.

Sharapova signed a three-year deal to be a brand ambassador for Porsche in 2013.

Sharapova launched her confectionery brand Sugarpova in 2012. Sugarpova had a reported sales of $20 million in the year 2019. In 2014, Sharapova invested in the sunscreen brand Supergoop.

It was reported in 2021 that Blackstone had bought a majority stake in Supergoop. Sharapova also appeared as a guest shark in the American TV show Shark Tank in 2020, where she teamed up with Mark Cuban to invest $900,000 for a 30% stake in Wearable wrist and ankle weights company Bala Bangles. Later in 2020, Sharapova became an investor in the wellness brand Therabody.

Some other companies Sharapova has invested in include UFC, Tonal, Public.com, Moonpay, and Clio Snacks. In April 2022, Sharapova also became a member of the Board of Directors of the fashion brand Moncler. Sharapova acts as an advisor to brands Naked Retail and Bright.

Since 2018, Sharapova has been in a relationship with British businessman Alexander Gilkes.

In December 2020, Sharapova and Gilkes revealed they were engaged. In April 2022, Sharapova announced that they were expecting their first child. On 1 July 2022, she gave birth to a son.

The Maria Sharapova Foundation is committed to helping children around the world achieve their dreams.

Sharapova has donated $100,000 to Chernobyl-related projects. In partnership with the UNDP, she launched a $210,000 scholarship program for students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus that will award five-year scholarships to 12 students at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University.

At the 2004 US Open, Sharapova, along with several other Russian female tennis players, wore a black ribbon in observance of the tragedy after the Beslan school hostage crisis, which took place only days before. In 2005, she donated around US$50,000 to those affected by the crisis.

On 14 February 2007, Sharapova was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and donated US$210,000 to UNDP Chernobyl-recovery projects.

She stated at the time that she was planning to travel back to the area after Wimbledon in 2008, though it didn’t happen since she had to travel back to the US because of her shoulder injury. She fulfilled the trip in late June/early July 2010. Sharapova helped to promote the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,[citation needed] and was the first torch bearer in the torch-lighting ceremony during the opening festivities.

In addition, with Angela Haynes, Maria Kirilenko, Nicole Vaidišová, Rennae Stubbs, Governor Jeb Bush, and Jennifer Capriati, Sharapova participated in an exhibition in Tampa in December 2004, raising money for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund. In July 2008, Sharapova sent a message on DVD to the memorial service of cancer victim Emily Bailes, who had performed the coin toss ahead of the 2004 Wimbledon final that Sharapova had gone on to win.

Throughout her career, Sharapova’s greatest asset was considered to be her mental toughness and competitive spirit, with Nick Bollettieri stating that she is “tough as nails”; Bollettieri later described her mental strength as “unbelievable”. Hall-of-Famer John McEnroe said of Sharapova, “She’s one of the best competitors in the history of the sport.” Upon her retirement, she was described as “the ultimate competitor”, who was set apart from her peers by her mental strength, and was lauded as an “unyielding character”.

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