Serena’s The First Athlete On Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women List

Her estimated fortune stands at $225 million and counting.

Serena Williams has just become the first athlete to make Forbes’ annual list of the richest self-made women.

Forbes estimates that the tennis legend—who will also be featured on the cover of its June 30 special issue—has an estimated fortune of $225 million.

Aside from being a 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams is also a venture capitalist.  In April, she publicly announced her venture firm, Serena Ventures, which she’s been running in “secret” since 2014.

“Serena Ventures invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity,” she wrote in her Instagram announcement.

The venture firm launched a self-funded clothing line called S by Serena last May, Forbes reported.

The coins don’t just stop there, aside from her venture firm and brands, Williams has several investments including dating app Bumble and a list of over 30 startups, according to Forbes. Williams told the magazine, “I want to be part of it. I want to be in infrastructure. I want to be the brand, instead of just being the face.”

Forbes also reports that 60% of the Williams’ investments have gone to companies led by women or people of color.  She is also a global adviser to Verizon Media, HuffPost’s parent company.

Williams recently competed in the 2019 French Open but lost to Sofia Kenin in the third round.

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