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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.

Max$531,125
Min$219,209
Average$403,222.10
Median$400,120
Standard Deviation$101,303.14
Statistics for how much the top 2 players of each discipline make.

Here are the details on a per player basis.

Player2019 Prize Money (USD)World RankingDiscipline
Kento Momota$531,1251Men’s Singles
Zhang Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong$530,8571Mixed Doubles
Marcus Fernalid Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo$502,8701Men’s Doubles
Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan$460,3001Women’s Doubles
Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping$401,9252Mixed Doubles
Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan$398,3152Men’s Doubles
Chen Yufei$393,6752Women’s Singles
Tai Tzu Ying$307,7001Women’s Singles
Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota$286,2452Women’s Doubles
Chou Tien Chen$219,2092Men’s Singles
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.

If you would like to see how prize money is broken down, take a look at BWF’s official document here. And below, we have a table indicating the level of the tournaments. Lastly, also keep in mind that not all tournaments have prize money, such as the BWF World Championships, but is extremely prestigious. We wrote all about the most prestigious tournaments that players all over the world want to win in What are the Most Prestigious Badminton Tournaments? We also wrote about the BWF World Tour and how much money is in the prize pools in Major Badminton Tournaments and Prize Money, the BWF World Tour Explained.

Level 1Level 2-3Level 4+
HSBC World Tour FinalsBlibli Indonesia OpenAsia Championships
Celcom Axiata Malaysia OpenBarfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open
Daihatsu Yonex Japan OpenCrown Group Australian Open
Danisa Denmark OpenDaihatsu Indonesia Masters
Fuzhou China OpenGerman Open
Toyota Thailand OpenKorea Open
Victor China OpenPerodua Malaysia Masters
Yonex All England OpenPrincess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters
Yonex French OpenSingapore Open
Yonex Chinese Taipei Open
Yonex German Open
Yonex Swiss Open
Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open
Yonex Sunrise India Open
BWF Tournament Levels

Men’s Singles Rank 1: Kento Momota

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals1$120,000
Yonex All England Open1$70,000
Victor China Open1$70,000
Victor China Open1$70,000
Danisa Denmark Open1$54,250
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open1$52,500
Fuzhou China Open1$49,000
Asia Championships1$30,000
Korea Open1$30,000
Singapore Open1$26,625
Daihatsu Indonesia Masters2$13,300
Yonex German Open1$11,250
Yonex French Open8 – 15$2,250
Blibli Indonesia Open16 – 31$1,250
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open16 – 31$700
Total$531,125
Kento Momota 2019 Winnings

Women’s Singles Rank 1: Tai Tzu Ying

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals2$60,000
Danisa Denmark Open1$54,250
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open1$49,000
Yonex All England Open2$34,000
Victor China Open2$34,000
Singapore Open1$26,625
Blibli Indonesia Open3 – 4$10,500
Yonex French Open3 – 4$10,500
Fuzhou China Open3 – 4$9,800
Korea Open3 – 4$5,800
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open5 – 8$4,125
Perodua Malaysia Masters5 – 8$2,100
Total$307,700
Tai Tzu Ying 2019 Winnings
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Men’s Doubles Rank 1: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
Blibli Indonesia Open1$92,500
Victor China Open1$74,000
Danisa Denmark Open1$57,350
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open1$55,500
Yonex French Open1$55,500
Fuzhou China Open1$51,800
HSBC World Tour Finals3 – 4$30,000
Perodua Malaysia Masters1$27,650
Daihatsu Indonesia Masters1$27,650
Asia Championships2$15,200
Singapore Open3 – 4$4,970
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open5 – 8$3,850
Korea Open5 – 8$2,400
Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open5 – 8$2,400
Toyota Thailand Open5 – 8$2,100
Total$502,870
Per Player$251,435
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 2019 Winnings

Women’s Doubles Rank 1: Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals1$126,000
Yonex All England Open1$74,000
Victor China Open1$74,000
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open1$51,800
Asia Championships1$31,600
Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open1$31,600
Danisa Denmark Open2$27,125
Blibli Indonesia Open3 – 4$17,500
Fuzhou China Open3 – 4$9,800
Crown Group Australian Open2$5,700
Yonex French Open5 – 8$4,125
Korea Open5 – 8$2,400
Daihatsu Indonesia Masters5 – 8$2,100
Yonex German Open5 – 8$900
Yonex Swiss Open5 – 8$900
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open16 – 31$750
Total$460,300
Per Player$230,150
Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan 2019 Winnings

Mixed Doubles Rank 1: Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals1$126,000
Blibli Indonesia Open1$92,500
Yonex All England Open1$74,000
Victor China Open1$74,000
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open1$51,800
Daihatsu Indonesia Masters1$27,650
Yonex French Open2$26,250
Fuzhou China Open2$24,500
Korea Open2$15,200
Asia Championships3 – 4$5,600
Singapore Open3 – 4$4,970
Danisa Denmark Open5 – 8$4,262
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open5 – 8$4,125
Total$530,857
Per Player$265,428.50
Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong 2019 Winnings

Men’s Singles Rank 2: Chou Tien Chen

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
Blibli Indonesia Open1$87,500
Yonex Chinese Taipei Open1$37,500
Toyota Thailand Open1$26,250
Fuzhou China Open2$23,800
Korea Open2$15,200
Asia Championships3 – 4$5,800
Victor China Open5 – 8$5,500
Singapore Open3 – 4$5,147
Danisa Denmark Open5 – 8$4,262
Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open5 – 8$2,400
Yonex German Open3 – 4$2,175
Crown Group Australian Open3 – 4$2,175
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open16 – 31$750
Yonex French Open16 – 31$750
Total$219,209
Chou Tien Chen 2019 Winnings

Women’s Singles Rank 2: Chen Yufei

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals1$120,000
Yonex All England Open1$70,000
Fuzhou China Open1$49,000
Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open1$30,000
Toyota Thailand Open1$26,250
Blibli Indonesia Open3 – 4$17,500
Victor China Open3 – 4$14,000
Yonex Swiss Open1$11,250
Crown Group Australian Open1$11,250
Danisa Denmark Open3 – 4$10,850
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open3 – 4$10,500
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open3 – 4$9,800
Asia Championships3 – 4$5,800
Daihatsu Indonesia Masters3 – 4$5,075
Korea Open5 – 8$2,400
Total$203,675
Chen Yu Fei 2019 Winnings

Men’s Doubles Rank 2: Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals1$126,000
Yonex All England Open1$74,000
Blibli Indonesia Open2$43,750
Victor China Open2$35,000
Danisa Denmark Open2$27,125
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open2$26,250
Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open2$15,200
Singapore Open2$13,490
Daihatsu Indonesia Masters2$13,300
Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open1$11,850
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open5 – 8$3,850
Fuzhou China Open5 – 8$3,850
Perodua Malaysia Masters16 – 31$2,100
Yonex Swiss Open5 – 8$900
Crown Group Australian Open5 – 8$900
Yonex French Open16 – 31$750
Total$398,315
Per Player$199,157.50
Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan 2019 Winnings

Women’s Doubles Rank 2: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
Blibli Indonesia Open1$92,500
Fuzhou China Open1$51,800
HSBC World Tour Finals3 – 4$30,000
Perodua Malaysia Masters1$27,650
Yonex All England Open3 – 4$14,000
Victor China Open3 – 4$14,000
Crown Group Australian Open1$11,850
Danisa Denmark Open3 – 4$10,850
Yonex French Open3 – 4$10,500
Asia Championships3 – 4$5,600
Singapore Open3 – 4$4,970
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open5 – 8$4,200
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open5 – 8$4,125
Yonex German Open3 – 4$2,100
Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open3 – 4$2,100
Total$286,245
Per Player$143,122.50
Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota 2019 Winnings

Mixed Doubles Rank 2: Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping

TournamentPlacementPrize Money (USD)
HSBC World Tour Finals2$60,000
Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open1$55,500
Fuzhou China Open1$51,800
Blibli Indonesia Open2$43,750
Victor China Open2$35,000
Asia Championships1$31,600
Yonex-Sunrise India Open1$27,650
Toyota Thailand Open1$27,650
Yonex French Open2$27,125
Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open2$24,500
Crown Group Australian Open1$11,850
Yonex All England Open5 – 8$5,500
Total$401,925
Per Player$200,962.50
Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping 2019 Winnings

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Fernanda Alvarez

    This is quite interesting to find. How did you collect information for players and their winnings? Do you look for this using script or browse then copy-paste? All the best.

    1. BadmintonBites

      Thank you for your comment Fernanda. The information is completely available on BWF’s website. We don’t use any scripts to get the information, but that is certainly possible.

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