Serena Williams Just Became the First Athlete to Make This Iconic ‘Forbes’ List

Serena Williams just scored a major first, and all we have to say is…yaaasss, queen!

The professional tennis player, 37, is the first athlete to make Forbes’s annual list of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women, with an estimated fortune of $225 million. The mag announced Williams’s accomplishment prior to releasing the full catalog of names, and damn, talk about impressive.

The athlete’s net worth comes from her 23 Grand Slam wins, along with various side businesses. However, her most noteworthy business achievement is her new investment company, Serena Ventures, which has been secretly investing in forward-thinking companies for the past five years.

In addition to appearing on the cover of Forbes’s special issue (hits newsstands June 30), Williams also sat down for an interview with the mag, where she discussed this latest business venture and confirmed that she’s taking a hands-on approach.

“I want to be a part of it,” she said. “I want to be in the infrastructure. I want to be the brand, instead of just being the face.”

While it goes against her fear of taking risks, Williams admitted that Serena Ventures is a nice change of pace. “It’s fun to get in there. I don’t gamble. I don’t jump off buildings,” she added. “I’m the most non-taking-a-chance kind of a person, but I felt like seed was where we wanted to be.” 

Other celebs featured on Forbes’s list of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women include Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, Beyoncé Knowles and even Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd.

Guess Williams can cross another major win off her list.


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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...