Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Is Using Her $25 Million Net Worth to Invest in Female Athletes
Naomi Osaka is the third-ranked women’s tennis player in the world. You can make an argument that she’s the second-most popular women’s player behind only the legendary Serena Williams.
Since becoming a professional player in 2013, Osaka has quickly climbed up the rankings and popularity board. She has won three Grand Slams in her career and was named the 2020 AP Female Athlete of the Year.
Thanks to her elite tennis skills and good looks, Naomi Osaka has built up a net worth of over $25 million. What’s even more admirable is that instead of keeping all her money to herself, Osaka uses her generational money to invest in female athletes.
Naomi Osaka was named Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete in 2020
Naomi Osaka was named Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete in May of 2020. She surpassed Serena Williams by earning $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over a 12-month span.
After winning the 2018 US Open over Williams, Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. The 23-year-old, who was born in Japan, moved to the United States at the age of three. She has a sister who plays tennis as well.
Osaka’s three Grand Slam titles have come at the 2018 US Open, the 2019 Australian Open, and the 2020 US Open. She did hold the No. 1 ranking spot for a while in 2019 and is eager to get back there.
With a net worth of more than $25 million, Naomi Osaka has decided to use some of her wealth to instill more confidence in female athletes. Her latest investment was so big that even NBA superstar Chris Paul gave her a shoutout.
Naomi Osaka invests in NWSL’s North Carolina Courage
Naomi Osaka has invested in the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She is now a team owner, a huge accomplishment for the Japanese icon.
Chris Paul, who was born and raised in North Carolina, took to social media to congratulate Osaka on her latest investment. The Courage soccer club won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019 after moving to North Carolina. They will certainly get more coverage now that Osaka is affiliated with them.
“I am thrilled to welcome Naomi as an owner of the North Carolina Courage,” chairman and founder of the club Stephen Malik said, via ESPN. “She brings an invaluable viewpoint on topics beyond sports. I cannot think of anyone better to help us as we continue to make a difference in our community and inspire the next generation of women.”
Naomi Osaka continues to show why she’s such an incredible role model. It’s going to be fascinating to track her future investments, as they will likely be groundbreaking.
The 2021 Australian Open begins on February 8
Naomi Osaka is currently training for the Australian Open. The tournament begins on February 8 at Melbourne Park.
The Tennis star begins her days by eating avocado toast. Osaka then hits the courts to practice and ends her busy schedule by training in the gym and getting treatment on her body.
Naomi Osaka is hungry to win her fourth Grand Slam at the Australian Open this year. Even if she comes up short, though, Osaka will be a winner off the court since she’s using her platform to instill positive change in America.