Maria leads Forbes 30 Under 30

Video: Maria talks to Forbes Magazine

Maria has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 issue this week, featuring 450 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs who are changing our world. The list includes 30 individuals in 15 categories under the age of 30, and Maria is in the Sports category.

On the Forbes website:
This winter the world’s fourth-ranked tennis player heads back to her hometown, the resort of Sochi, Russia, to serve as an NBC correspondent for the 2014 Winter Olympics. There’s a reason the network wants her face on the games: Sharapova sells. She was the world’s highest-paid female athlete last year, earning $29 million, of which $23 million came from deals off the court. A four-time grand-slam winner, she’s piled up endorsements over the years from, among others, Porsche, Motorola, Tiffany and Nike, which created a Maria Sharapova apparel line. Last year she launched her first independent business, a candy line called Sugarpova, with 12 flavors of premium candies (not to mention jewelry and accessories featuring the Sugarpova lips logo) and estimated revenues of $6 million. “Business has always been a passion of mine,” she says. “And I have always had a sweet tooth. … A tennis career is such a small part of life.”