She’s the world’s highest-paid female athlete, but do you know how much Serena Williams is really worth?
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has earned more than $348,000 in prize money to date this year — a significant sum considering the limited number of games she played at Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open, where she lasted three rounds and one round, respectively.
Williams’ triumphant comeback began at the French Open until she withdrew her fourth-round match due to pectoral muscle injury. She continues her majors streak with the ongoing Wimbledon Championships, winning her latest game today against France’s Kristina Mladenovic, and is also expected to play at the US Open in August.
According to the Women’s Tennis Association, the pro athlete has accumulated nearly $85 million in career prize money with a record 72 singles titles. (That figure amounts to nearly $50 million more than any other female tennis player, with sister Venus ranking second at $38 million.)
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In addition to salary, Williams possesses more than a dozen endorsement deals with major brands and corporate names, including her longstanding partnership with Nike as well as Wilson Sporting Goods, Audemars Piguet, Beats by Dre, Berlei, Gatorade, Chase, Intel, IBM, Aston Martin, Mini, Tempur-Pedic, Delta Air Lines and Pepsi — all of which account for tens of millions in profits.
On top of her sponsorships, the multitalented star introduced her very own namesake clothing line at the end of May and continues to participate in Mission Athletecare — a sports equipment and accessories company she launched in 2009 with other elite pros like Dwyane Wade, Drew Brees and David Villa. (Their patent-protected products are carried by retailers including Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods.) She also memorably became one of the celebrity investors to buy a stake in the UFC two years ago.
Her net worth, as estimated by online wealth database Celebrity Net Worth, is a cool $180 million.
Last year, Williams was the only woman to make Forbes‘ richest 100 athletes list at No. 51. (No women pocketed enough to land a spot in 2018’s roundup.) She took home a total of $27 million, with prize money at $8 million and endorsements at $19 million.
It was a monumental year for the 36-year-old, who won the Australian Open in January while eight weeks pregnant, went on hiatus for the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September and two months later tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who has an estimated net worth of $9 million.