Serena Williams became the third highest-earning tennis player in history after defeating Angelique Kerber in straight sets on centre court.
The American's 7-5 6-3 victory secured a seventh Wimbledon singles crown and brought her level with Steffi Graf on a record 22.
It also won her a pay cheque worth £2m, which represents the biggest prize of her career to date and takes her above Rafael Nadal in the tennis rich list with total earnings to $80.2m.
Only Roger Federer on $98.7m and Novak Djokovic on $101.9m have made more on the court.
Most successful women in the Open Era
|Rank||Name||Aus Open||French Open||Wimbledon||US Open||Total grand slam titles|
|7||Billie Jean King||0||1||4||3||8|
|8||E. Goolagong Cawley||4||1||2||0||7|
The next highest-earning player in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) is the currently suspended Maria Sharapova who has made $36.5m, making her seventh in the all time prize money list behind Pete Sampras on $43.3m.
This year's winner's prize was Wimbledon's biggest yet with the All England Club paying out £120,000 more than what Williams received for winning a sixth title last year.
Yet it is the US Open which narrowly takes the mantle as the richest grand slam in tennis, paying last year's US Open winners — Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta — the equivalent of £2.1m each.