Serena Williams' net worth: Tennis, business deals and ‘Being Serena’

New mom and tennis superstar Serena Williams is no stranger to the spotlight. She stepped on the tennis scene in 1995 and has since evolved into one of the greatest and richest female athletes of all time. Now the multimillion-dollar tennis icon has given fans a deep look into her private life and professional career in her HBO documentary series “Being Serena.”

The five-part series, which began airing in May 2018, is narrated by Williams and filled with coveted access to the tennis star, including coverage about her marriage, complications during her pregnancy, her return to tennis after giving birth to her daughter, and a look behind the success of her illustrious career.

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Serena Williams attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams (L) and sister Venus Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Serena Williams and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Co-Founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Venus Williams attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bella Hadid attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams (L) and sister Venus Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Co-Founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Serena Williams and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Vera Wang attends the 'Being Serena' New York Premiere at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Gigi Hadid attends the 'Being Serena' New York Premiere at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
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Serena Williams Net Worth: $180 Million

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic Gold medals, Williams has an impressive resume and a bank account to match. Her net worth is $180 million, nearly $100 million more than the net worth of her sister Venus. Keep reading to find out how the tennis player, fashion designer and businesswoman made her millions.

Tennis Career

At just 14 years old, Williams played her first professional tennis match in 1995. Although she lost, she won her first U.S. Open four years later in 1999, making her the first Williams sister do so, according to CNN.

In 2002, Williams accomplished a feat that most tennis players only dream of when she completed a “Serena Slam,” winning four Grand Slam titles: the French Open, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open a year later in 2003. Williams won a string of multiple Grand Slam titles from 2005 to 2017, scoring her latest title at the Australian Open in January 2017 while she was eight weeks pregnant.

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My baby is 6 months today. So yummy.
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She's like "Mommmmmmmmmmm my friends are looking" #freshfaces
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When I first saw this @voguemagazine cover it brought tears to my eyes. All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my beautiful daughter @olympiaohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget. The article is a must read. Link in bio
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Mama never sleeps. When she does, I go on adventures with daddy. "Come on!"
My final top 10 moment of 2017. Of course includes @olympiaohanian they say save the best for last. I could not choose so I just choose 10 random videos. They all were so cute to me 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️
There are so many reasons to quit, but even more to keep playing. Even if you don’t go pro, sports can teach you so much. So keep playing. Link in bio. #sistersinsweat #gatoradepartner @gatorade
Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. You have to check out link in bio for her amazing journey. Also check out my IG stories 😍😍❤️❤️
We clearly don't take enough family portraits. This one's from the honeymoon. @olympiaohanian was not ready for the snap... 😒 2017 was a year to remember for a lot of reasons (good as well as bad) so that they may all serve as motivation, inspiration, and a compass for what we know to be right. These two women are my everything. And the duty I have to them as a husband and a father is the greatest responsibility I'll have in my life; I'm honored to bear it. And I know I'll always find new ways to keep making you, laugh, @serenawilliams. 2018 is going to be a phenomenal year. And may there be many, many more to come. Wherever you are in the world tonight, I hope you're with people you love.
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Endorsements and Business Endeavors

Throughout her career, Williams has earned just over $84 million in prize money, the highest of all female tennis players, with her sister Venus behind her at No. 3, according to the Women’s Tennis Association. From 2016 to 2017, Williams took home $27 million in prize money and endorsements — that’s twice the total from any other female athlete in the world, according to Forbes.

Williams was crowned the highest-paid female tennis athlete in 2016 after her rival Maria Sharapova temporarily lost endorsement deals due to a doping scandal. But one of the biggest endorsement deals for Williams came from Nike in 2004: a five-year deal worth $40 million. The star has since negotiated and signed other deals with the sports retail giant.

Williams has also scored numerous endorsement deals with other major brands besides Nike, including:

  • Gatorade
  • Intel
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Beats by Dre
  • Lincoln

Williams is the most marketable professional athlete in the world — just above her sister Venus and NBA star LeBron James — according to a 2017 Nielsen report.

Williams’ net worth has also increased with business ventures outside of her sport. In 2004, she started her own clothing line, Aneres, which is currently sold on HSN. She followed that up by joining a number of celebrities who invested in the Ultimate Fighting Championship after it was purchased for a record-setting $4 billion by WME-IMG. Williams, along with her sister, became part-owner of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. And most recently, TMZ reported that the tennis icon is filing trademark documents that indicate she might launch her own cosmetics line as well.

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Serena Williams’ Husband, Baby and More

In December 2016, Williams announced her engagement to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, whose net worth is $9 million. News that Williams was pregnant with the couple’s first child was accidentally revealed when she posted a photo of herself with a small baby bump on Snapchat, which she eventually removed. In September 2017, she gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Shortly after the birth of their daughter, Williams married Ohanian in a star-studded ceremony in New Orleans. At the wedding, Williams wore $3.5 million worth of jewelry and three designer dresses, according to Vogue.

In May 2018, the tennis star was in attendance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Williams was one of many celebrities at the wedding, and her profile continues to rise along with her wealth, which will likely get even larger as she pursues new business avenues and championship titles.

Serena Williams at Wimbledon 2018

In March 2018, Williams made a comeback to the tennis court when competed in her first singles tournament after taking time off to care for her newborn daughter and recovering from pregnancy complications.

She is set to compete in the French Open beginning May 27, followed by an appearance at Wimbledon in July and the U.S. Open in August 2018.

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