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How Serena Williams Achieved a Net Worth of $250 Million

When you think of women in professional tennis, one name in particular comes to your mind - Serena Williams. This woman is the very definition of ladies' tennis. Is this the only thing that accounts for the Serena Williams net worth? We shall explore the answer to that question in this article. Read it all the way to the end to gain the best insights.

What Is the Estimated Serena Williams Net Worth?

As of August 2022, Ms. Williams had an approximate net worth of $250 million. That estimate establishes her as one of the richest tennis players in the entire world. She even eclipses her sister, Venus Williams, who is also an extremely talented tennis player.

While Serena Williams is best known for playing tennis, she does have other endeavors that contribute to her overall net worth. She is sure to remain involved in these endeavors. Probably even more so now that she has officially retired from professional tennis.

Serena Williams Is Richer Than Her Husband

Yes, you read that correctly. Serena's husband is Alexis Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit, and has amassed far less than Serena. Alexis is worth "only" $70 million, while Serena is holding steady at $250 million.

It is interesting to note that, in the world of professional tennis, only Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are worth more than she is. It is safe to say she is the richest woman tennis player. Given all the famous female tennis players that came before her, that is quite an accomplishment.

What Were Serena Williams' Total Career Winnings?

Ranked first in that category, this part of the Serena Williams net worth comes in at $94,600+. As a point of reference, her sister, Venus Williams' total career earnings were roughly $42,000+. Venus is ranked second in this field. They were followed by Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, and Caroline Wozniacki.

Serena has had the distinction of being the number one ranked tennis player in the world eight times. She has also won more prize money than any other woman player in the history of the sport.

Early Tennis Highlights for Serena Williams

Born Serena Jameka Williams on September 26, 1981, she and her sister Venus were enthralled by the sport of tennis. In order to secure the maximum amount of time required to practice tennis, both Williams sisters were homeschooled.

Dad, Richard Williams, along with her mom, Oracene Price, were both coaches for Serena throughout her career. Moving forward, Serena would play in her first professional tournament at age 14. Following that, she gained notoriety for her performances on the court, especially in the Ameritech Cup.

A Look at Some of Serena's Tennis Titles and Accomplishments

There have been too many to list them all. Following is a glimpse at some of them.

  • 858 career wins
  • Australian Open seven times
  • French Open three times
  • Wimbeldon seven times
  • U.S. Open six times
  • Grand Slam doubles tournament wins with sister, Venus Williams
  • Grand Slam Cup
  • Olympic Games in 2012

Endorsement Deals and the Serena Williams Net Worth

Over the course of her career, Serena Williams was constantly sought after for endorsement deals. She accepted many of them, which earned more than $30 - $40 million for her. A lot of these earnings were utilized by Serena to invest in businesses.

Among the companies with whom Ms. Williams has fulfilled her promises to endorse are Kraft Foods and Nike. The latter deal with Nike also saw her signing a $40 million contract to create her own fashion line. That business is still thriving today and is predicted to continue to succeed in the years to come.

Additional Significant Endorsement Deals

There are scores of them to speak of. Each one has contributed to the overall Serena Williams net worth. A handful of them are:

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Pepsi
  • IBM
  • Gatorade
  • Beats by Dre
  • Chase Bank
  • Aston Martin
  • Intel
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Subway
  • Michelob

Serena Williams Has Conquered the Entertainment Industry Too!

Ms. Williams has appeared on an array of television shows, both in person and as the voice of animated characters. Stints as an animated character included The Simpsons in 2001 and Higglytown Heroes, which was a Playhouse Disney kids show. In 2007, Serena did guest voice work for Avatar: The Last Airbender, a Nickelodeon cartoon.

Continuing on with her television appearances, Serena Williams has been on The Bernie Mac Show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and ER. In other entertainment efforts, she posed for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2003 and 2004. It is with great pride she can say each of those appearances was a rousing success.

What Is Serena Ventures?

That is the name of her very own company. More than nine years ago, Serena Williams discovered a need for women and people of color to be provided with venture capital funding. In Serena Ventures' initial round of funding, it raised well over $110 million.

This firm has enabled many individuals to start their own business ventures. These are people who otherwise would have been turned down for funding. Ms. Williams was determined to prove her critics wrong. They said she could never succeed. Mind you, Serena Ventures is still going strong today with no plans to end its marvelous run.

Serena Takes the Fashion World By Storm!

We have already mentioned her lucrative fashion venture with Nike. There is at least one other entry into the fashion world by Ms. Williams. It is her fashion business called S by Serena and made its debut into the industry in 2020 during New York Fashion Week.

Serena credits her close friendship with Anna Wintour with much of the success of her clothing line. Another thing Ms. Wintour had a major role in was back in 2018 when Serena Williams co-chaired the Met Gala. She enjoyed that immensely! Sometimes Ms. Williams is twinned with her little daughter, Olympia. Needless to say, she loves doing that too.

Serena Williams Retires As a True Tennis Icon

Although she is proud of her status as a legend of the tennis court, Serena has no regrets about her retirement. Now she will have more time for her business activities. More importantly than that, she can spend time with her family.

This still-young woman in her early 40s is planning to expand her family and be heavily involved in their lives. Do not expect her to vanish from the public eye though. You will see her on television again during the Super Bowl. She appears in two distinctly separate commercials. Where else can you see this iconic tennis player? That remains to be seen. Keep your eyes peeled to the news in the future.

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Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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