Serena Williams has become the first-ever athlete to make Forbes ‘ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, which ranks the most successful female entrepreneurs in the country.
In addition to being a 23-time Grand Slam winner, Williams—who ranks in at #80 on the list and graces the cover of the Forbes issue—is also a businesswoman, investing in numerous companies via Serena Ventures. The tennis star, who has an estimated net worth of $225 million, has reportedly been investing in 34 startups in recent years.
Her venture firm is focused on companies that are founded by women and minorities and so far 60 percent of the investments has gone towards that. Williams also has her own clothing line called S by Serena which is self-funded, and she holds stakes in American football team the Miami Dolphins as well as the UFC.
Williams’ career prize money of $89 million is twice as much as any other female athlete and the tennis star has more than a dozen corporate partners.
According to Forbes, Williams has several sponsors including Bumble, Beat Electronics, Chase, Gatorade, Wilson Sporting Goods and JP Morgan. The tennis player also has endorsements worth $19 million. Williams is married to Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of social media platform Reddit. According to Business Insider, Ohanian’s net worth totaled $9 million in 2018.
The 37-year old was previously featured on three other Forbes lists including the Forbes Power Women where Williams was ranked at 79 and ranked at 51 on The World’s Highest Paid Athletes 2017. Williams also ranked at 69 on Forbes Celebrity 100 2014 list.
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