Serena Williams has undoubtedly cemented her legacy as one of the greatest tennis players ever, and her massive net worth helps prove that. Making her professional debut at the age of 14 back in October 1995, Williams has dominated the sport for over two decades now. Some of her major accomplishments include 39 Grand Slam titles, 23 of which came in singles and 16 in doubles. Her 39 Grand Slams are tied for third all-time and No. 2 in the Open Era.
Certainly, the 38-year-old has made a fortune hitting a tennis ball on a racket. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Serena Williams’ net worth as of 2020 stands at around $200 million, making her the highest-earning female player of all time.
Forbes ranked Serena Williams No. 33 on its highest-paid athletes list earlier in 2020, earned $36 million. The year before, the Michigan-born superstar was ranked No. 63. Williams also became the highest-paid female athlete in back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017, earning $28.9 million and $27 million, respectively, in prize money and endorsements. For her 25-year career, she has reportedly earned over $90 million in prize money while playing tennis.
Along with her career earnings, the popular tennis megastar also has a ton of endorsements to her name. Williams is one of the most famous ambassadors of Nike. In 2004, she signed a $40 million fashion line deal with the American apparel and shoe company.
Aside from Nike, Williams has also endorsed other huge global brands from various industries, such as Gatorade, Wilson, Pepsi, Aston Martin, Audemars Piguet, Beats by Dre, IBM, Intel, Chase, and much more.
Serena also serves as a director on the board of SurveyMonkey and the Chief Sporting Officer of Aston Martin. Along with her sister, fellow tennis legend Venus Williams, Serena also became a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins. They bought a small stake of the NFL squad in 2009, becoming the first female African American owners in the league.
In 2004, Williams also began her own clothing line called “Aneres,” which is her first name spelled backwards. In 2019, she launched a sustainable clothing line called “S by Serena.”
Aside from her endorsements, business, and clothing ventures, Williams has also gone into the world of entertainment, lending her voice and appearing on some shows. She has done voice acting in a number of cartoon shows, including “The Simpsons” (2001), Disney’s “Higglytown Heroes” (2005), and Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (2007). She has also appeared in television shows, including “My Wife and Kids,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “ER,” and “Law & Order.”
However, Williams doesn’t keep all the wealth to herself and never fails to give back to the community as much as she can. She and her sister have participated in tennis matches to raise money for charities. The former world No. 1 also created The Serena Williams Foundation, which gives university scholarships to underprivileged students in the country. Likewise, the foundation also helped build the Serena Williams Secondary School in Kenya. Aside from her own foundation, Serena and Venus also teamed up to create the Williams Sisters Fund.
As much as she has given back to the community, Williams, more importantly, has used her platform to be a voice for social change. Serena Williams is certainly more than an athlete.