23-time Grand Slam Champion and Entrepreneur
Serena Williams embodies style, power, beauty and courage. The longest ranked #1, the most successful female player of the Open Era and prized WTA player of all time, Serena has overcome insurmountable odds to win 23 career grand slams. Not only is she remarkable at tennis, her success with endeavors outside of the sport include film, television, and fashion. Her tennis ability combined with her off-court presence makes her one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world – an icon.
Serena has won a title in all four grand slam tournaments. She has won 73 singles championships, 23 doubles championships, and was also a gold-medalist at the 2000 (doubles), 2008 (doubles), and 2012 (singles and doubles) Olympics. In 2015, Serena won four grand slams: Wimbledon, The French Open, The Australian Open, and The 2014 US Open, a feat affectionately known as the “Serena Slam”. With such accomplishments, Sports Illustrated named Serena their “2015 Sportsperson of The Year”. In 2017, Serena went on to clinch the Australian open to win her 23rd Grand Slam title.
Off the court, Serena has become a highly regarded entrepreneur, investor, and fashion designer. Last year, Serena graced the cover of Fast Company’s Most Productive People issue and in 2019 Forbes featured Serena on the cover of their ‘Self Made Millionaire’ annual issue. In 2014, Serena established her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, which focuses on investing in women and founders of color and has built a portfolio of over 20 early stage companies. In 2018, Serena launched her own clothing label, S By Serena, which premiered at New York Fashion Week in 2019. She also has partnered with KP Sanghvi on a luxury jewelry line called Serena Williams Jewelry. In the entertainment space, earlier this year Serena announced a first look film and television deal with Amazon Studios, with the first project being a new self-focused documentary series. In 2018, Serena released a five part Emmy nominated docuseries on HBO titled “Being Serena.”
Serena is a dedicated philanthropist and focuses her efforts on the Yetunde Price Resource Center which the Williams family opened in their hometown of Compton, California. Named after their eldest sister who was killed by senseless gun violence, the Resource Center conducts community asset inventory and develops a comprehensive resource network designed to connect residents affected by violence with service providers.