Badminton is a relaxing sport that many of us may have played for fun, but in some parts of the world, this is more than a casual summertime activity. Badminton is a worldwide sport that can be very competitive.
The game became an Olympic sport in 1992, and athletes train long and hard to compete. This sport seems pretty simple, considering it features two rackets, a net, and a shuttlecock that is hit back and forth. However, much like tennis, it takes a lot of skill to be really good at it. Many people don't realize the fame associated with this sport in some areas of the world. Here are the current ten richest badminton players.
10 Lee Chong Wei
Lee Chong Wei is one of the best badminton players in the world. Wei hails from the Asian country of Malaysia and as of 2018 has a net worth of approximately $75 million. In 2012, Wei was declared the best paid Asian athlete in the world and participated in the 2008 Olympics as well.
Lee Chong Wei won three silver medals at the Olympics and has been hailed as a national hero by the prime minister of Malaysia. Wei makes most of his money these days through ad revenues and is taking a break from the professional competition while he recovers after a struggle with nose cancer.
9 Lin Dan
Lin Dan is a Chinese badminton player who had a net worth of around $37.5 million. Lin Dan is a two-time Olympic gold medal winner and is also a five-time world badminton champion. Lin Dan is hailed as the world's greatest badminton player following the retirement of Lee Chong Wei and has won all nine major badminton titles in the world. Lin Dan has also made history numerous times throughout his career such as in 2012 when he became the first single's player to defend his gold medal, which Dan had previously won in the 2008 Olympics.
8 Chen Long
Chen Long is another Chinese badminton player who is hailed as a legend. Chen Long has gone up against many other champions including Lee Chong Wei whom he faced in 2018 at the Rio Olympics before Wei announced his sabbatical. Chen Long emerged in 2007 as a Junior World Champion and has improved his game ever since then. Long's best year was recorded as 2011 with him winning the Thailand Open, Denmark Open, China Masters and the Japan Open. Long has won 30 titles throughout his career and has 420 recorded wins. Lang’s estimated worth was recorded at $100k- $1 million.
7 Peter Gade
Peter Gade is another retired badminton player who hails from the land of Denmark. Although he is no longer an active player, Peter Gade net worth is about $100,000 – $1M. Gade made his mark in history when he won the singles title for the All England Open Badminton Championships in 1999, and since then has had an impressive career until his retirement in 2012 following a bitter loss in the French Open. Throughout his badminton career, Gade had a record of 517 wins, paralleled by a mere 155 losses. Gade also won a bronze medal in the London global championship.
6 Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal is a young badminton player from India and has made history in many ways. For starters, Nehwal is one of the best-paid woman badminton player in the world with a net worth of $3 million. Nehwal won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics and is a former world #1 titleholder.
Nehwal has won over 24 titles throughout the course of her career and currently boasts a record of 414 wins and only 177 losses. Nehwal has also been acknowledged by the government of India for raising awareness about badminton and uses a custom Yonex GR 301 Badminton Racquet.
5 Taufik Hidayat
Taufik Hidayat hails from Indonesia and is now retired. This badminton player has a record of 413 wins and 138 losses and at one point held the #1 rank for badminton in the world. Hidayat has allegedly built up millions over the course of his career and has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million. Regardless, it is safe to say Hidayat has built a fortune as he has been involved in numerous charity initiatives. In 2012, Hidayat gave back to his community in Jakarta by building a home for badminton, the Taufik Hidayat Arena. Upon his request, the rackuet company, Yonex, has also produced many racquets as a tribute to Hidayat like the Yonex Arcsaber.
4 Jan Ø. Jorgensen
Jan Ø. Jorgensen is another Danish badminton player who has a record of 416 wins and is currently ranked at #20 in the world ranking. Jorgensen plays for the Danish badminton league and has not had that long of a career. Jorgensen competed in 2008 at the European Badminton Championships and took home the bronze medal and continued to win medals in 2010, 2012 and 2016. he became the first European male to win the Indonesia Open for male singles in 2014. Most recently he competed in 2019, making it to the 3rd round in the finals of the Total BWF World Championships. The player's net worth is $23 million approximately.
3 Wang Yihan
Wang Yihan is a retired professional Chinese badminton player whose net worth is estimated to be around $7 million in 2019. Yihan has competed in the Olympics and won Silver at the 2012 London Olympics. Wang Yihan was also once a BWF Champion in 2011 but her career truly began in 2006 with her win of the 2006 world cup singles competition. This 2006 win publicized Wang Yihan's career and made her a badminton superstar overnight, garnering the attention and respect of professional badminton players and fans all over the world. Wang has a career record of 368 wins and only 91 losses.
2 Kento Momata
Kento Momota is a Japanese badminton player and is best known for his unusually explosive movement on the field during games. Momota is 25-years old and has won a few major tournaments such as the World Championships, of which he has won two titles and the All England title, of which he possesses one. Momota is currently ranked #1 in the world and his professional badminton career began in 2011 when he first competed in the 2011 World Junior Championship in Taiwan. Kento Momota has a record career record of 305 total wins and only 77 total losses. His net worth is considered to be $3 million.
1 Carolina Marin
Last on this list is Carolina Marin. Marin hails from Spain and is a 26-year-old top-notch badminton player who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, giving Spain its first-ever medal in the sport. She is currently ranked #8 in women’s badminton and still competing. Marin has won the European and the World Badminton Championships, making her the youngest in history to win the European Championship. Her current estimated net worth is $2.5 million. She started at age 11 to play professionally and currently has two Badminton World Federation World Championships and three European Badminton Championships. She has a total of 356 wins.