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How Venus Williams Achieved a Net Worth of $95 Million

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (a.k.a. Venus Williams) is a successful professional American tennis player and entrepreneur who was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. When a local Compton tennis pro noticed Venus’s talents on the city’s public tennis courts, the Williams family was encouraged to follow and develop her abilities. They eventually relocated to West Palm Beach – where many rising tennis talents begin their early and intensive training on a path to tennis stardom.

Venus, who is 42, is about a year older than her younger sister, who needs no introduction – tennis phenom - Serena Williams. Venus turned pro in 1994 when she was only 14 years old. She reached her first appearance in a Major Tennis Tournament – at 17 years old, at the U.S. Open in 1997.

She currently resides in sunny Palm Beach Gardens, FL – part of the expansive south Florida metro area within driving distance of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Venus continues to play professional tennis, although her sister Serena (and professional doubles partner) has retired from the sport.

Venus Williams has been hugely successful. It is estimated that Venus Williams net worth is approximately $95 million (2022). The source of this amazing wealth has been achieved through an incredibly successful career of tennis wins/prizes, endorsements, entrepreneurial efforts, and speaking engagements. According to Forbes, Venus Williams was the third highest-paid female athlete in 2022. Her winnings on tour equaled $300,000, plus another $45 million dollars in other income like endorsements.

Venus Williams’ Stunning & Impressive Career Statistics

Venus Williams, who plays right-handed, is ranked among the all-time greatest women’s tennis players, having reached the status of the world’s number one player as a singles player (2002) and a member of a professional doubles team with Serena! Her number-one ranking in 2002 marked the first time an African American woman held the top ranking in the Open-era and, as the second Black woman after Althea Gibson, earned the honor prior to what is considered a change in the women’s and men’s sport of tennis.

Venus Williams holds a number of records that still stand. She has held the record for being included in the most Grand Slam Singles draw (91). Among the many others, Venus Williams has won four Olympic medals – tied with the most tennis medals of any athlete - with Kathleen Godfree. Venus Williams and her sister are the only women tennis players in the Open Era to win Olympic gold as a single and a doubles player.

Venus’s impressive professional career includes an amazing 49 singles titles, including seven singles Grand Slams Tennis Tournaments.

7 Singles Grand Slam Titles

During her career, Venus won these Grand Slam events as a singles player –

  • U.S. Open tournaments – 2000, 2001
  • Wimbledon tournaments –2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008

14 Double Grand Slam Titles

During her career, Venus won these Grand Slam events as a doubles player –

  • U.S. Open tournaments – 1999, 2009,
  • French Open tournaments – 1999, 2010,
  • Wimbledon tournaments – 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016
  • Australian Open – 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010,

In addition, Venus reached an impressive four consecutive major finals (2002 & 2003) – but eventually lost to his sister Serena in each match. This was the first time the same two players played each other in four major finals in the open era.

Venus Williams’ Playing Style

As a former world number one player in both singles and doubles, Venus Williams has won a total of seven Grand Slam women’s tennis singles titles, five at Wimbledon and two at the US Open. Venus is regarded as one of the all-time great professional athletes and contributors to the evolving sport of professional women’s tennis.

Venus Williams has an aggressive style of play and an all-court game. Her career win/lose record is a remarkable 815 to 269. As a right-handed player, Venus has powerful ground strokes from both sides of the court – sometimes hitting back at her opponent with massive topspin. However, her aggressive style can lead to above-average unforced errors. Venus can slice her backhand at will to take control of rallies.

Her height and arm span, at 6’1”, helps deliver a powerful serve, often providing many aces per match. At her career peak, the average speed of Venus’ first serve was 113 MPH but could peak at 10 MPH higher. Her power is supplemented by a high kick second serve. Until 2014, Venus held the official record for the fastest serve on the professional women's WTA tour.

Venus is an all-court player, approaching the net to finish points quickly with a variety of shot-making skills.

Venus’ Entrepreneurial Efforts

Like Serena, Venus Williams has enormous talent that shines off the court. Venus has many interests and causes. Her entrepreneurial efforts include –

  • Her own line of apparel is known as EleVen by Venus Williams. This includes various collections and products, including clothing, beauty/wellness, and accessories, to name a few.
  • Speaking engagements regarding her career insights as a pro athlete and her fight for equal pay in professional sports.
  • Lending her celebrity to fight for Sjogren’s syndrome, something Venus is afflicted with.
  • Taking on the role as executive producer on the 2021 movie King Richard – a biopic about her father’s impact on the rise of Venus and Serena in professional tennis.

The Williams’ Tennis Legacy

Venus and Serena Williams began their long journey to careers that set new limits along the way; they were initially coached by their father, who has to be credited with tremendous drive, motivation, and insight into what his daughters were potentially capable of.

It is hard to recognize the remarkable accomplishment of Venus without considering how powerful a combination she and Serena were to the sport of women’s professional tennis.

Essentially, the Williams sisters were the ushers of a new era in women’s professional tennis – one that included athleticism and power! Both sisters are the only two professional women’s tennis players that have reached the singles final matches in all four major tennis tournaments.

The Venus vs. Serena Rivalry Statistics

Since 1997, Venus and Serena Williams have met in 31 professional matches. Venus has won a dozen, while her younger sister Serena has outplayed Venus 19 times. Additionally, within these professional matches, the professional tennis sisters have met 15 times in Grand Slam tournaments, with Venus winning 5 of the 15 meetings.

And in the Grand Slam finals, Venus and Serena Williams have met nine times, with Venus winning two of their finals showdown in the major tournaments. Serena and Venus Williams have played each other in earlier rounds on six occasions, and whoever won that match went on to win that championship tournament four times.

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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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