Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka 2021 Net Worth Comparison: Who Is the Richer Athlete?

Published 08/25/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Serena Williams is the GOAT in Tennis and Naomi Osaka is largely seen as the successor to her throne. Moreover, they are also two of the most marketable athletes outside the court.

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On the court, the 39-year-old Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles. It is a record in the Open Era (since 1968). Comparatively, the 23-year-old Osaka obtained her fourth major tournament title at the 2021 Australian Open. 

Apart from tennis, the American professional has made profitable investments in various business verticals. As for the young Japanese, she has become the face of many globally recognized brands.

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So naturally, the question arises: Who is richer between the two? Is it Serena, or it is Naomi?

Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

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Serena Williams: Net Worth 2021 (on and off-court earnings)

According to Forbes, Serena Williams has a net worth of $240 million as of 8-4-2021. Of this whopping amount, $94 million are her on-court earnings. What’s interesting is that her prize money is double the on-court earnings of any athlete on the WTA Tour.

Also, Serena’s business resume has nearly 20 corporate partners, investments in 66 startups via Serena Ventures (her capital firm), a complete e-commerce clothing store, jewelry line, etc. She is also a board member of Poshmark (a social marketplace) and Momentive (parent company of Survey Monkey).

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 22: Serena Williams
speaks on stage during keynote conversation at 2019 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley at San Jose McEnery Convention Center on February 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage)

Besides being an investor and entrepreneur, Serena is also a philanthropist. Hence, she is the perfect blend of an athletic and a business mind.

Naomi Osaka: Net Worth 2021 (on and off-court earnings)

Coming to Osaka, she has a net worth of $60 million as of 6-4-2021. As per Forbes, she even made an earnings record for a female athlete for two consecutive years.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 27: Naomi Osaka of Japan walks out on to court prior to her during her Women’s Singles first round match against Anna Blinkova of Russia on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Remarkably, over $50 million of her net worth comes from endorsement deals. These include a partnership with American software company Workday, luxury brand Louis Vuitton, and Vacation rental company Airbnb.

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To sum up, tennis queen Serena Williams is way more wealthy than the Japanese star Naomi Osaka. She leads the current WTA World No.2 in both on and off-court earnings.

But a thing to remember, while Serena is nearing the end of her career, Osaka is only starting. And since the Japanese professional has already started on the marketing part, the sky will be limit until she plays the sport.

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Thus, it will be interesting to see whether Osaka overtakes Serena in net worth in the long run or not. What do you think?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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