Saina Nehwal is one of the main reason behind India’s growth in Badminton. The shuttler well and truly put India on the world map and helped erase China’s dominance in the sport. She also became the first Indian to win the medal in Badminton at the Olympics. Only Indian woman to reach No. 1 ranking, 3 Commonwealth Gold medals, 11 Superseries titles, Saina’s list of accolades goes on and on. And it, therefore, comes as no surprise that one of the best shuttlers in India is also one of the best-paid woman athletes. Let us take a look at Saina Nehwal net worth:
Saina Nehwal Net Worth
Saina’s Badminton journey began with success in Commonwealth Youth Games and BWF World Junior Championship. The Haryana-born athlete then moved to a bigger stage, winning the Indonesia Open super series in 2009. She reached the No. 2 ranking in the same year. Since then, Saina has never looked back and gone on to become one of the best Badminton players in India, men or women.
Saina’s bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics was the proof of her hard work. She also finally managed to reach the top of the world rankings in 2015. With her success, not only did Saina become part of history but also the role model for thousands of Indian girls looking to make it big in sports.
With such an exceptional resume and a cabinet full of trophies and medals, one can expect the dollar bills to follow. And they did. (Plays the Richie Rich Dollar tune in the background)
According to Fox Sports, Saina was the fifth highest-earning badminton player in 2018. In her medals, BWF Superseries wins, BWF Grand Prix, the 29-year old has total prize money worth $762,072 (₹5.4 Crores), most by an Indian. She was also named in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2018, ranked 58th richest in the list. Her total earnings, according to Forbes, are ₹16.54 crores, 10th highest in Indian athletes. Apart from PV Sindhu, every other athlete ahead of her in the list is a cricketer. (Prize money and earnings are two very different things).
Apart from her prize money, Saina’s earnings come from various brands endorsements. The shuttler has also managed to attract several brands thanks to her unparalleled success. Including her earnings, houses, and cars, Saina’s estimated net worth is $3 million (₹21.3 crores).
Brand Endorsements : Saina Nehwal Net Worth
Saina signed a ₹40 crore deal with Rhiti Sports, a sports management company in 2012. But she discontinued the agreement in 2013 and signed with KWAN Entertainment and Marketing Solution for an undisclosed amount.
Saina’s sporting equipment come from Yonex, leading brand in the world of Badminton. She has a deal with the Japanese company where 4% of the profits of ‘Saina Products’ sold across the globe go to the athlete.
The shuttler is also one of the few Indian athletes to be a part of Herbalife, a sports nutrition company. She is also a brand ambassador for Sahara India, Edelweiss, Top-Ramen, Vaseline, Savalon, Corn Flakes, Emami Group, Fortune Cooking Oil, Godrej No Marks, Honor Smartphones, Indian Overseas Bank, Iodex, Rasna and NECC.
Cars and Other Investments
Saina’s collection of vehicles includes Mini Cooper, Mercedes Benz, and BMW. The athlete bought a luxury home in Hyderabad in 2015, which is worth around ₹4.6 crores.