Serena Williams
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How Serena Williams’ net worth was built

Serena Williams’ skills on the tennis court have made her one of the world’s highest-paid athletes and have earned her lucrative endorsement deals.

Her father taught Williams and older sister Venus Williams to play tennis, starting at a very young age.

By 1991, Serena Williams was 46-3 on the junior United States Tennis Association tour. Just four years later, in 1995, she turned pro. In 2002, she won the French Open, the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. In each tournament, she defeated her sister in the finals. That year, she took home around $12 million and was ranked as the top female tennis player. Her career prize money as of mid-2017 totaled $84.5 million, according to the Women’s Tennis Association.

But while her time on the court has added to her total wealth, endorsement deals have earned her more than twice as much money. A five-year deal with Nike was worth as much as $40 million. And she gets bonuses from Nike for Grand Slam titles. Williams also has had deals with Chase, Delta Airlines, Pepsi, IBM and several other companies. Plus, she has a clothing line and owns stake in the Miami Dolphins.

Serena Williams had a net worth of $170 million as of July 2017, according to TheRichest.

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Serena Williams

  • Born: 1981
  • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

What she’s up to now

Williams recently got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. She has sidelined her tennis career as she awaits the birth of her first child, due during the second half of 2017. She won at Wimbledon in 2016 but isn’t participating this year.

She played in the Rio Olympics in 2016 but was eliminated in the third round of women’s singles and was shut out in the first round of women’s doubles.

She also works on the Serena Williams Foundation, which aims to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged youth and has built schools in Africa.


Accolades

In 2016, Serena won her 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, which tied Steffi Graf’s record but is shy of Margaret Court’s record of 24. She has a total of 72 singles titles and 23 doubles titles under her belt.

Williams has won the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete twice and has been named Best Female Tennis Player on eight previous occasions. She was nominated for both awards again in 2017.

 

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