American professional tennis player and former world No. 1, Venus Williams is believed to be worth about $75 million.
Who Is Venus Williams?
Venus was born to Afro-American parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California. The second youngest member of her family, she has four siblings, Serena Williams, and three half-sisters – Yetunde Price, Lyndrea Price, and Isha Price.
Venus was born in a renowned tennis family background as her father and mother Oracene Price are former tennis players. Regarded as one of the all-time greatest women tennis players, Venus obtained a degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and also has an associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.
How Much Is She Worth?
Venus’ first contact with the tennis racket and ball was when her father took her to Los Angeles public courts, close to their family’s house in Compton. She, thereafter, fell in love with the sport, and subsequently turned professional at the age of 14. Today, the talented tennis star is celebrated all around the world.
At 14, she signed a promotional deal with Reebok, which led to other bigger endorsements, including a deal worth a minimum of $40 million with Nike in 2003. Venus has also endorsed Gatorade, nail polish, and majorly Wilson rackets during her career. According to reliable sources, she typically makes between $5 and $10 million per year from endorsements.
Apart from her career as a tennis star, Venus also runs few businesses to grow her fortunes. She is the CEO of interior design firm V Starr Interiors, has her own fashion line EleVen and is a part-owner of Miami Dolphins. Williams has also been ranked as one of the most influential celebrities in the world several times by Forbes.
In the year 2012, Venus Williams received a whopping $250,000 from Wilson’s Leather shopping, $1,000,000 from Avon Cosmetics, $1,100,000 from Wrigley Chewing Gum, $12,900,000 from Misc. Earnings, and $1,000,000 from McDonald’s.
Apart from competing with opponents on tennis courts, she is one of America’s bestselling authors. Writing helped in ballooning Venue’s net worth, having written several books including bestseller ’Come To Win: on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession’ in 2010. Her entrepreneurial skills are also sought-after and have led to multiple speaking engagements.
Venus has won a whopping $30 million in prize money. The gold medalist athlete endorses huge brands like Tide, Nike, Addidas, and others.
In June 2011, she was named as one of the Legends of ‘Womens Tennis: Past, Present, and Future’ by Time Magazine. She was placed at 77th in Forbes magazines list of the top ‘100 Most Powerful Celebrities’ in 2009.
A multi-millionaire, Venus earns a good amount of salary from endorsements, sponsorships, and her playing career.
Her impressive wealth makes her world’s fourth-richest player and the second highest-earning female tennis player of all time, behind sister Serena, who enjoys an estimated net worth of $200 million.
For almost two decades, the Williams sisters have dominated Women’s tennis.
As a pair, they have proved virtually unbeatable in top-flight competition. However, they have also excelled individually, having stayed at the top of the sport for many years.
One of the best women tennis players in history, Venus Ebony Starr Williams is the elder sister of Serena Williams, both of whom are the most decorated players. Currently ranked No. 11 in the singles category, Venus was ranked top on three different occasions for a total of 11 weeks.
The first African-American to reach the feat as the top tennis player in the world back in 2002, Venus has been best known for changing the level of women’s game and developing the power of athleticism among females. Considered as the best ever women player on the grass court, she has been hailed as one of the world’s best player in the world today.
With a record-breaking seven Grand Slam singles titles, thirteen doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles, Venus is the only player to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. Having won over 200 games in Grand Slam singles matches, she won four of the six Grand Slams in between 2000 and 2001 to be cherished as the rising star in the game.
This four-time Olympic gold medalist has been one of the best in the game, a few short of her younger sister Serena Williams. This duo is considered as one of the most powerful in tennis history today for their ushering gameplay. Venus has met Serena in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. In the doubles category, the duo has won 13 Grand Slam titles and are undefeated in Grand Slam finals.
Does She Have A Husband or Boyfriend?
Venus Williams has always been in the limelight due to her flourishing tennis career. She, however, gained media attention because of her personal life.
Williams is not married at present but from her dating timeline, we can confirm that Elio Pis is her last known boyfriend. Elio, a Cuban model met her in 2012, when he modeled for Venus’ fashion line, “EleVen.” After subsequent hangouts, the duo grew from friends to lovers. Even though Venus was eight years older than Elio, they instantly hit it off.
The last time both of them were seen together was in the year 2015. However, it’s still unclear if Venus and Elio are still together. But from information on the ground, it appears the lovebirds are not together again or maybe they’ve been rekindling their love secretly.
Before dating Elio, Venus had a brief relationship with a former US Amateur champion and professional golfer, Hank Kuehne. The couple started seeing each other some years back. They, however, went public in 2007 and subsequently got engaged in 2010. But the engagement was called off three years later. Hank, a native of Dallas, Texas, made Venus’s Wimbledon matches memorable by accompanying her to the games from 2007 till 2010. After their separation, Hank started dating his current wife Andy.
At the moment, it appears Venus is ‘busy’ with her flourishing tennis career. Whether she is still dating Elio or not, we hope she walks down the aisle soon.
It remains a mystery for now if Venus actually had a secret wedding with her boyfriend. Unverified reports, however, had it that she secretly wedded. Speculations of a possible marriage between the tennis star and her boyfriend came after she was reportedly spotted wearing a new wedding ring in November 2017.
After stalking Venus, we couldn’t come across reliable information about her wedding. Moreover, the tennis star has not officially commented or released a statement regarding her wedding. Till she does that, we’ll keep waiting for firsthand information from our darling Venus with the hope she is doing fine by Pis’s side.
On June 9th, 2017, Venus made headlines when she got involved in a car crash that led to the death of a 79-year-old man, Jerome Barson who died on June 22nd, nearly two weeks after he sustained a fractured spine and suffered other internal injuries.
According to Williams, she was on her way to a tennis club near her home when she entered the intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on a green light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia and subsequently stopped in the middle due to backed up traffic. It was at that point, she added, that Barson’s Hyundai Accent – driven by Jerome Barson’s wife, Linda Barson – collided with her car.
Following the incident, the family of the deceased filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams and their attorney, Michael Steinger. In her affidavit, Mrs. Barson alleged that the tennis star ran a red light – an allegation Venus denied.
A statement released by the Palm Beach Gardens Police in November indicated that Venus was “at fault for violating the right of way” of the other vehicle. However, she has not been charged with a crime as an investigation is still ongoing.
Quick Facts About The Tennis Star
- Full Name: Venus Ebony Starr Williams
- Profession: Tennis player, Entrepreneur, Writer
- First official game: At the age of fourteen.
- Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
- Weight: 159.8 lbs (72.5 kg)
- Ethnicity: African American
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: June 17, 1980
- Place of Birth: Lynwood, California, U.S.
- Education: Indiana University East
- Marital Status: Dating (Elio Pis)
- Children: 0
- Zodiac: Gemini