Here’s How Serena Williams Became Forbes’ First Athlete on Richest Self-Made Women’s List

by TV One Interns

June 5, 2019

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Congratulations are in order for Serena Williams who is the first athlete to make it on the Forbes’ richest self-made women list.

Williams, who is worth an estimated $225 million recently sat down with Forbes to talk about all of the financial and business moves she made in order to reach this point.

But how did the 23-time grand slam champion do this? Serena has made an estimate of $29 million from her endorsement deals. She also has been investing her money in startup companies, 34 companies to be exact. These range from HoneyLove a shapewear brand, Floravere an online bridal store, and many many more over the course of her five years of investing.

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After investing in all of these successful companies, the Compton native created her own venture fund earlier this year called Serena Ventures which “invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity.”

Alongside the cover star, Forbes’ listed Oprah Winfrey ($2.7 billion), Rihanna ($600 million),  and Beyonce ($400 million) as some of the richest self-made women in 2019.

Being a part of this dynamic group of women was something that the 37-year-old was working on specifically stating “I want to be a part of it,” she told Forbes. “I want to be in the infrastructure. I want to be the brand, instead of just being the face.”

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You can view the full list here and see all of the other incredible self-made women who made the 2019 list.

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