This is a first since 2010. And still, last year, only one sportswoman made the list: the tennis player Serena Williams. The American athlete had put her career on hold for a year to give birth to her daughter. There has always been at least one woman – and as many as three in some years – in the list since it was expanded to include at least 50 names in 2010.
“Women are consistently undervalued and sadly this is just one of many very stark examples,” Sam Smethers, chief executive of British equality charity Fawcett Society, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
For information, Forbes takes into account salaries, bonuses, winnings in competition and sponsorship to establish this famous ranking. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the standings for the fourth time in seven years after earning $275 million for his fight against MMA champion Conor McGregor . The second and third place do respectively to FC Barcelona’s Argentinian footballer Leo Messi ($ 111 million) and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 108 million).