It might be surprising to some people that badminton players can make quite a bit of money. While badminton may not be as lucrative as some other sports like basketball or soccer, top badminton players still have net worths in the tens of millions.
Badminton players create wealth in several ways – such as through sponsors/funding, prize money, advertisements, and their own businesses. In this post, we will be focusing on just prize money since all of the other categories don’t have publicly available information for us to look up.
What we did was look at the top 2 players/teams in each badminton discipline and calculated how much prize money they earned in 2019. We have a summary below of all the players/teams sorted by most prize money and then we broke down how they made the money in the sections below.
Statistics for how much the top 2 players of each discipline make.
Here are the details on a per player basis.
2019 Prize Money (USD)
Zhang Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong
Marcus Fernalid Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan
Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping
Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan
Tai Tzu Ying
Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota
Chou Tien Chen
Prize money for the top 2 players of each discipline. Rankings as of 7/3/2020.
Wow, that’s a lot of money! Kento Momota leads the charge with $531,125 in tournament winnings. You can also think of the prize money as a rough indication of how dominant the players are in their respective disciplines. For example, Kento Momota is very dominant in men’s singles while Tai Tzu Ying is less dominant in women’s singles as shown by the prize money difference.
Keep in mind that all of this data is pre-tax money and that the prize money split is the same between the two different singles disciplines and is also the same between the three doubles categories. The doubles categories has a larger pot than the singles’ pots but will have to be split any prize money between two players.