Top 10 Richest Gymnasts
Gymnastics is popular around the world, and in recent decades has become one of the most highly anticipated sports of the Olympics. It is not as highly paid as more mainstream sports like baseball and basketball, but many gymnasts have found financial success through competition wins and sponsorship deals. Keep reading to learn about the top ten richest gymnasts in the world.
Who Are the Richest Gymnasts in the World?
- Simone Biles
- Nadia Comăneci
- Alina Kabaeva
- Shawn Johnson
- Mary Lou Retton
- Alicia Sacramone
- Bart Conner
- Gabby Douglas
- Kerri Strug
- Aly Raisman
1. Simone Biles
Simone Biles is currently the wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $16 million. With 25 World medals and seven Olympic medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast of all time and is widely considered the sport’s greatest athlete. She is a seven-time U.S. all-around champion, six-time U.S. vault champion, five-time U.S. balance beam champion, and five-time U.S. floor exercise champion. Olympic athletes do not earn a salary, but they do get paid for earning medals. She was paid $37,500 for each of her four gold medals, $22,500 for her silver medal, and $15,000 for her two bronze medals. She earns most of her money through endorsement deals with companies like Athleta, Beats by Dre, MasterClass, Visa, and Kellog’s.
2. Nadia Comăneci
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci is the second wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $10 million. At just 14 years old, Nadia became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at an Olympic event for her uneven bars performance at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. She went on to score perfect 10s six more times at those same games and won three gold medals. At the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, she won two more gold medals for the balance beam and floor. Nadia defected to the United States in 1989 and built a career as a coach, businesswoman, and model. She owns a number of gymnastics-related businesses with her husband, gymnast Bart Conner, including Perfect 10 Productions, which produces gymnastics shows for major networks like ESPN and Fox Sports.
3. Alina Kabaeva
Alina Kabaeva is the third wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $10 million. Nicknamed “Russia’s Most Flexible Woman,” she is one of the most decorated rhythmic gymnasts in history. She won her first world title at the age of 13 and, throughout her career, won 21 European Championship medals, 14 World Championship medals, and two Olympic medals– a bronze at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and a gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. After retiring from gymnastics in 2007, she entered politics, serving in the Public Chamber for two years as a member of the lower house of parliament. She was later appointed as a chairwoman of Russia’s New Media Group.
4. Shawn Johnson
American former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson is the fourth wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $9 million. Her disciplines included all-around, floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars, vault, and team. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she collected one gold medal and three silver, and she also earned three gold medals at the 2007 World Championships. She announced her retirement from gymnastics in 2012. Shawn continues to earn money through influencer marketing and brand deals with Nike, Nestle, Calia, and more. She has also written and sold three books, won season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, then went on to win second place in the season 15 all-star edition.
5. Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton is the fifth wealthiest gymnast in the world, with an estimated net worth of $8 million. Inspired by her idol Nadia Comăneci, Mary Lou became the first American woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in gymnastics when she scored perfect 10s on the floor and vault at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. She won the most medals out of every participant at those Olympic games and was named Sportswoman of the Year and Amateur Athlete of the Year by the American press, in addition to becoming the first female athlete to be featured on the front of a Wheaties box. Her wealth is owed to her successful career in gymnastics, various TV appearances, and advertisements with GNC, defunct drugstore chain Revco, pain relief cream Australian Dream, and others.
6. Alicia Sacramone
Alicia Sacramone Quinn is the sixth wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $8 million. She won a silver medal as a member of the United States gymnastics team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and won 10 World medals over the course of her career. She was named USA Gymnastics’ Sportswoman of the Year four times. Alicia has since remained involved in the sport through coaching, choreographing, and working as a commentator and analyst at NCAA gymnastics competitions. In 2011 she became the first gymnast to make an endorsement deal with Under Armour, and she also has a partnership with P&G Beauty, among other brands.
7. Bart Conner
Bart Conner is the world’s seventh wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $5 million. He is the only American gymnast to win gold medals at every level of competition, having earned the titles of USA Champion, NCAA Champion, Pan-American Games Champion, World Champion, World Cup Champion, and Olympic Champion. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, he earned the United States its first gold medal in men’s gymnastics in 80 years and performed an original move called the “Conner spin.” Bart has since opened several gymnastics-related businesses with his wife, gymnast Nadia Comăneci such as the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy and the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience. He has also worked as an announcer and commentator for gymnastics coverage on every major television network.
8. Gabby Douglas
Two-time Olympian Gabby Douglas is the eighth wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $4 million. At the 2012 London Olympics she was a member of “The Fierce Five,” the artistic gymnastics team that won the United States its second team gold medal for gymnastics. She also became the first American to win gold medals in the all-around and team events in the same games and the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Later, she won a team gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Throughout her career, Gabby had endorsement deals with Nike, Gillette, Kellogg, Mattress Firm, Smoothie King, and more. She has also made several television appearances and had her own movie, “The Gabby Douglas Story,” on Lifetime and her reality show, “Douglas Family Gold,” on Oxygen.
9. Kerri Strug
Kerri Strug is the ninth wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $4 million. She was a member of the “Magnificent Seven,” the women’s gymnastics team of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that won the United States its first gold medal for the women’s team event. Kerri is best remembered for performing the vault on an injured ankle to clinch the gold medal for the American team in 1996. She also won three medals in team events at the World Championships in 1991, 1994, and 1995. After her career in gymnastics, Kerri worked as an elementary school teacher. She later served as a staff assistant with the White House Office of Presidential Student Correspondence, then worked for the General Counsel in the Treasury Department, and in 2005 joined the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention staff as a presidential appointee.
10. Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman, an American former Olympic gymnast, is the tenth wealthiest gymnast, with an estimated net worth of $4 million. A six-time Olympic medalist for the United States, she was the captain of both the 2012 Olympics’ “Fierce Five” and the 2016 Olympics’ “Final Five'' teams. She was the most decorated American gymnast at the 2012 Olympic Games, and at the 2016 Olympics, she and Gabby Douglas became the first Americans to win back-to-back team gold medals. Aly also helped bring the American teams to gold at the 2011 and 2015 World Championships. In addition to earning money through her successful gymnastics career, she has had sponsorship deals with Olay, Poland Spring, Pandora Jewelry, and Aerie.
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- Jordyn Wieber, net worth $3M
- McKayla Maroney, net worth $3M
- Margarita Levieva, net worth $3M
- Nastia Liukin, net worth $2M
- Dominique Moceanu, net worth $2M
- Laurie Hernandez, net worth $2M
- Kacy Catanzaro, net worth $500K
- John Orozco, net worth $500K
- Amy Jo Johnson, net worth $300K
Who are the richest men’s gymnasts in the world?
American former Olympic gymnast Bart Conner is currently the richest male gymnast in the world, with a net worth of $5 million. Information about the net worths of other male gymnasts is limited because gymnastics is widely dominated by women, both in the number of competitors and in media coverage.
Who are the richest women’s gymnasts in the world?
American former Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is currently the richest female gymnast in the world, with a net worth of $16 million. Some of the other wealthiest female gymnasts include Nadia Comăneci, who has a net worth of $10 million; Alina Kabaeva, who has a net worth of $10 million; Shawn Johnson, who has a net worth of $9 million; and Mary Lou Retton, who has a net worth of $8 million.