US tennis star Serena Williams has become the first athlete to make Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women, with an estimated $225 million fortune.

She’s more than a tennis player, she’s a business maven. 

The 23-time Grand Slam winner has invested money into 34 startups over the past five years, with the latest investment entity, Serena Ventures, being launched last April.

Williams said that the firm will have a social purpose, focusing on funding companies run by women and minorities. So far, 60% of the player’s investments have gone to companies led by women or people of color.

Via Forbes

“I want to be a part of it,” Williams said about her financial investments. “I want to be in the infrastructure. I want to be the brand, instead of just being the face.”

Along with her investments, the 37-year-old American made $29 million from endorsements over the past 12 months, registering the highest income of her sports career.

Serena is a real dynamo. 

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