Winning isn't everything, right? When it comes to pro sports, the familiar cliche rings even more true (see: Patrick, Danica). But to make more money in one year than any other female athlete in the world, you do have to be the most successful on the field, correct? See for yourself with Forbes magazine's top five highest-paid female athletes in the last 12 months.
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5. DANICA PATRICK, $15 million
Percent of winnings from endorsements: 53.3 NASCAR's starlet has not tasted Victory Lane this year, and has only notched a pair of top 10 finishes. But good or bad on the track, Patrick still rides her sponsors all the way to the bank.
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4. YUNA KIM, $16.3 million
Percent of winnings from endorsements: 98.2 Weep not for the Sochi silver medalist, despite a highly-scrutinized judging scandal. While she has retired from competitive figure skating, she continues to rake in the dough as one of the most famous people in South Korea.
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3. SERENA WILLIAMS, $22 million
Percent of winnings from endorsements: 50 In women's tennis history, Williams has earned more than double the amount of prize money as Maria Sharapova. But all those wins merely lands her the third spot on the money list including endorsements. Still, she is not being ignored, with several prominent sponsors worldwide.
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2. LI NA, $23.6 million
Percent of winnings from endorsements: 76.3 The first Asian-born player ever to win a Grand Slam event, Li has even surpassed Serena Williams in money made over the past 12 months. The biggest reason? A monster bonus from Nike after her Aussie Open title in January.
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1. MARIA SHARAPOVA, $24.4 million
Percent of winnings from endorsements: 90.2 Despite injury marring the back end of her 2013 tennis season, "Sugarpova" can afford more sweets than any other female athlete on the planet. We're pretty sure her smile will be seen widely over the next 12 months as well. For full list, click here with h/t to Forbes