Forget Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. Serena Williams deserves to be in the conversation for the greatest athlete of all time. Aside from her 85% career winning percentage and 23 singles Grand Slam titles, Williams brought a booming popularity to women’s tennis that had never been seen before.
Williams has earned $94 million in prize money over the course of her incredible tennis career, and her various endorsements and investments have made her net worth explode to astronomical levels. Williams’ net worth is now even higher than the combined net worth of two of the biggest superstar quarterbacks in the NFL today — Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.
Serena Williams’ iconic tennis career
When you think of the top athletes who have dominated their respective sports for nearly their entire careers, Serena Williams should be the first name that comes to mind. Williams has won 23 singles Grand Slam titles spanning from 1999-2017, and she’s not quite done yet.
Those 23 titles are more than any other tennis player in the Open era. That includes Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (20), and Novak Djokovic (17).
Williams won her first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open in 1999. She was only 17 years old at the time. Williams later went on a dominant stretch in which she won five Grand Slams in the span of two years from 2002-03. But maybe her most impressive accomplishment came in her most recent Grand Slam victory. In 2017, Williams won the Australian Open while she was two months pregnant with her first child.
Talk about girl power.
Serena Williams net worth
Not only is Serena Williams the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, but she’s also the richest. And it’s not even very close, either.
As of February 2021, Williams has earned an absurd $94 million in prize money over the course of her career. That’s more than twice as much as any female athlete has earned in any sport.
Aside from her on-court earnings, Williams is also the most marketable female athlete in the world. She earns tens of millions of dollars every year through her endorsement deals with Nike, Wilson, Gatorade, Beats by Dre, and countless other companies. She’s also a savvy investor, as her Serena Ventures portfolio is worth over $10 million today.
Williams’ net worth now stands at $225 million, according to Forbes, and that number is only going to rise in the coming years.
Serena Williams has a higher net worth than Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers combined
If you still don’t comprehend Serena Williams’ massive reach not just in women’s tennis, but in the sports world as a whole, look no further than this stat. Williams’ $225 million net worth is higher than the combined net worth of Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers, two likely Hall of Famers and two of the most popular athletes on the planet today.
Mahomes, who has only been a starter in the NFL for three seasons, has a net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. That figure is set to balloon over the next few years once Mahomes starts raking in his $503 million contract.
Aaron Rodgers has a more impressive net worth of $120 million, but it still pales in comparison to Williams’. Mahomes and Rodgers could combine their net worths and still be $65 million short of Williams.