Venus Williams’ wealth is a direct result of her many years of toiling both on and off the court.
Both Venus and her sister, fellow tennis star Serena Williams, rose to prominence at the same time and have subsequently done much to alter the sport. Despite facing adversity as young Black women, they both become two of the most well-known tennis players of all time, and their biggest rival is each other.
Venus has shattered many tennis records, as well as glass ceilings. Which leaves many to wonder, how much money does Venus Williams have? You’d think that a star athlete with her resume and reputation would be making a mint.
Find out how much Venus Williams is worth right now!
Venus Williams’ Net Worth
The American tennis star Venus Williams is worth an estimated $95 million. Williams, a former World No. 1, is widely regarded as the player who established a new dominant era in women’s professional tennis. She is often cited as the first African-American woman and the first woman to reach No. 1 in the Open Era singles rankings.
Venus Williams’ Inspiring Story of Overcoming Racism
On June 17, 1980, Venus Williams entered the world. She was born in Lynwood, California. At the age of seven, she was discovered by local pro tennis player Tony Chesta, who immediately saw her potential. To train with instructor Rick Macci, Venus and her family relocated to Florida. Both the Williams sisters’ first professional coach was Macci.
At the age of four, Richard Williams began training Venus. Before his two daughters were even born, Richard had already set up a detailed 85-page plan to force them to learn and play tennis. He decided to pursue tennis after seeing how much money Virginia Ruzici was making on television.
The 14-year silence that followed Serena Williams’ decision to skip the Indian Wells Open is still audible in our brains and ears.
Richard Williams, Venus’s father, took his daughters out of the junior circuit. Richard reasoned that being young, the girls should prioritize other things outside tennis, such as having fun and doing well in school. Because he overheard some parents on the circuit making derogatory comments about his girls, he was also driven by racism.
Venus took her father’s advice to heart and earned two degrees. In 2007, Venus graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an associate degree in fashion design. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 2015 from Indiana University East.
A Tennis Trailblazer and Champion
According to the WTA, Venus has amassed more than $42,513,897 in prize money over the course of her career. We’re not really surprised by that staggering sum, to be honest, because in 2019, the tennis player earned $5.9 million, placing her as the 10th highest-paid female athlete in the world; $5 million of that was from endorsements.
Considering that women tennis players have been paid substantially less than men for the vast bulk of the sport’s history, Venus’s achievements seem even more remarkable.
To give just one example, in 2007 (the year Venus won her fourth Wimbledon title), she made history by becoming the first woman to receive the same amount of money as the male champion of a major tennis tournament. It’s become the norm to give men and women the same amount of money when they win a competition, but nevertheless! That’s the way to make history, right there.
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By the end of 2017, Venus had raked in $38 million from her tennis career. She surpassed Maria Sharapova ($36.5 m) to become the highest-paid female tennis player of all time, just trailing her sister Serena Williams ($85 m). Her total earnings surpass $42 million as of March 2022.
Venus earns an estimated $5-10 million annually off the court from endorsement deals.
Venus Williams Buys $10 Million Retirement Home in Florida
Venus Williams spent over $10 million in early 2019 on a hidden waterfront ‘ retirement home’ with its own beach and a separate cottage for sister Serena on exclusive Jupiter Island, Florida. There are three bedrooms in the main home. There are two guesthouses on the property in addition to a pool, outdoor kitchen, bar, and stunning ocean views.
During their tennis careers, Venus and Serena lived together in a mansion they purchased in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for over $600,000 in 1998. They finally decided to put it up for sale after 20 years for $2.5 million.
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