As the father of two of the greatest tennis players of all time, fans have been curious about Richard Williams’ net worth for decades.
Richard—the father of Serena and Venus Williams—was born on February 14, 1942, in Shreveport, Louisiana. After he graduated from high school, he moved to Saginaw, Michigan, before eventually relocating to California, where he met his first wife, Betty Johnson. Richard and Johnson married in 1965 and welcomed five children—Sabrina, Richard III, Ronner, Reluss, and Reneeka—before their divorce in 1973. In 1979, Richard met Oracene “Brandy” Price, who had three daughter with her late husband. The two married in 1980 and had two daughters—Venus and Serena—before their divorce in 2002. Richard married a third time in 2010 with Lakeisha Juanita, a grocery store owner who’s a year older than Venus. The two welcomed a son named Dylan in 2012 and divorced in 2017.
After Venus and Serena were born, Richard—who learns how to play tennis from a man nicknamed “Old Whiskey—decided that his daughters would be professional tennis players when he saw Virginia Ruzici, a professional tennis player from Romania, on television, according to Jacqueline Edmondson’s 2005 book, Venus & Serena Williams: A Biography. According to the biography, Williams wrote an 85-plan and started teaching Venus and Serena when they were four and three. When Venus and Serena were 10 and nine, Richard moves their family from Compton, California, to West Palm Beach, Florida, to train them under Rick Macci, the same tennis coach that trained players like Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova.
In 1995, however, Richard pulled Venus and Serena from Macci’s tennis academy and coached them at home. The decision came after he also stopped sending Venus and Serena to junior tennis tournaments, so they could focus on school. He decision to keep them out of tournaments also came after he heard parents of other players disparage Venus and Serena with racial remarks. In 2021, Richard, who served as Venus and Serena’s coach for most of their tennis careers, became the inspiration of the movie, King Richard, which follows Serena and Venus’ childhood and how their father made them the tennis superstars fans know today. The movie starred Will Smith as Richard and Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus and Serena respectively.
“There’s a scene where my dad says…” Serena told Entertainment Weekly in 2021 about King Richard. “Well, Will says that you’re doing this for every Black girl. And that really hit me in a different way because obviously at the time we didn’t know.” Serena also explained to EW why she and Venus wanted their father to be the focus of the movie, instead of them. “There are so many ways to tell this story. But I think telling it through my dad was the best way because he had the idea. He knew how to do it,” she said.
So what is Richard Williams’ net worth and where is he now? Read on for what we know about Richard Williams’ net worth and how much he’s made as the father of two of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Where is Richard Williams now?
So where is Richard Williams now? In 2016, Richard, who was 74 at the time, suffered a stroke. His wife at the time, Lakeisha, told Radar Online that Richard was in stable condition but would need speech and physical therapy. “His condition is fair,” she said. “He’s up and walking around, but he’s not at 100 percent.” She continued, “He needs speech therapy, psychological therapy and physical therapy but for now he refused. I’m trying to get him under control and relaxed so that when we come back from out of town we could try to get that going. But he doesn’t wish to be bothered with anybody.”
He went on to suffer two more strokes. According to court documents obtained by The Daily Mail in 2020, Richard has since been diagnosed with dementia due to “brain damage” from his most recent strokes. The documents also claim that he is “totally incapacitated to conduct any business.” The documents were filed amid Richard’s legal war with his ex-wife, Lakeisha, whom he divorced in 2017. Richard claimed that Lakeisha had falsely transferred his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, into her name. According to the documents, Richard’s doctor testified that Serena and Venus’ father had an “inability to remember things” and that his “muscles weakened” after he suffered a series of strokes in 2016 that left him barely able to speak. Richard claimed that Lakeisha had forged his signature on the mortgage papers to transfer the property to her. His lawyers claimed at the time that, if he did sign the documents, his “mental capacity was compromised” from the strokes, so he didn’t understand what he was signing. As of June 2021, the case is ongoing, according to The Sun.
What is Richard Williams’ net worth?
So what is Richard Williams’ net worth? Richard is worth $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Though Richard is a multi-millionaire, his net worth is still just a fraction of how much his daughters Serena and Venus are worth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Venus is worth $95 million, with more than $42 million earned in prize money from the Women’s Tennis Association. Serena, for her part, is worth $210 million, with more than $94 million earned in prize money. Serena also received $55 million from Nike, which she signed a five-year endorsement deal with in 2003. In an interview with GQ in 2021, Serena opened up about how her father was “before his time.” “My dad was and still is way before his time. You see, when someone is different—when they don’t act or look how a person assumed they would—the first reaction is often fear,” she said. “They think, How do we break them? My dad anticipated that, but he would not allow himself or his family to be broken.”
Serena also told Refinery29 in 2021 about how she and her sister, Venus, wouldn’t be the tennis players they are today if it wasn’t for their father. “There would be no Venus and Serena if it wasn’t for Richard,” she said. “He’s always thinking on a different level. Even now, he is always thinking five steps above everyone else. And the way he taught tennis with techniques, the way he pushed myself and my sister, it was a great opportunity to tell his story.”
Simone Biles and Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Wear Matching Outfit Colors for Date Night
Simone Biles and NFL boyfriend Jonathan Owens have been the internet craze since they made their relationship public. The two met during the pandemic, and have been inseparable ever since.
The two spent the entire holiday season together, and often take to social media to share glimpses with fans who can’t help but adore them. Recently, they left fans drooling with pictures from their date night.
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens twin in blue for a dinner date
Simone Biles met Jonathan Owens during the pandemic in 2020. Because of the lockdown soon after they met, the two were able to spend a lot of time together.
With a shared love for bulldogs, the two soon started going out and in August 2020, the lovebirds made their relationship official. Biles clearly is head over heels for Owens. Meanwhile, Owens himself has all the love and admiration for her.
The two spend the entire holiday season together, from Thanksgiving to New Years. They clearly love spending time with each other and can’t bear to stay apart.
On Sunday, the couple was out for a dinner date, wearing matching outfits. The duo looked stunning as they twinned in blue and black.
They took to their social media to post pictures of their date night.
“Just trying to match yo fly,” posted Owens.
While Biles wore a beautiful blue crop top with black leather pants, Owens decided to match her wearing a black t-shirt with a blue imprint and finishing it off with black pants.
Owens admired Biles’ personality
Jonathan Owens has earlier also revealed that he really admired Biles’ personality. Biles is a happy-go-lucky person, even though she has gone through insurmountable odds.
“She’s always happy, giggly, bubbly. If I’ve had a tough day at the office, I wouldn’t want to take that home to her. Her personality, man….,” said Owens.
Owens really admired Biles’ energy and loves to spend time with his girlfriend.
Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens first went public with their relationship in August 2020
The two of them are extremely supportive of each other and encourage each other. Biles is often spotted cheering on Owens during his matches. Meanwhile, Owens also doesn’t fail to reciprocate the same.
Owens was also standing tall with Biles while she went through her struggles, backing up her decision to step down from Tokyo 2020. He really is her pillar of strength.
Revealed: The Insane Amount of Earnings That Have Propelled Lewis Hamilton’s Net Worth to $300 Million Mark
The thing about athletes like Lewis Hamilton that differentiates them from the rest is that they set such a high standard of results that anything below a win is termed as a disappointment. But in Hamilton’s case this year, everybody seemed to agree that he had one of the best seasons of his career.
And despite not being able to add his eighth and record-breaking championship to his mountain of achievements, the Mercedes driver added a lot of digits to his earnings.
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton earned a massive $70 million from Formula 1 in terms of salary and bonuses. And an additional $12 million from sponsorships.
This meant that the total earnings of $82 million made sure that for the first time in his career, Lewis Hamilton’s estimated net worth crossed over the mark of a quarter of a billion dollars.
Now with a net worth of $300 million, Hamilton is the eighth highest-paid athlete in the world.
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
But in 2022, Lewis Hamilton might earn less compared to 2021.
How much will Lewis Hamilton earn in salary in 2022?
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton agreed to a two-year contract extension. This saw him earn a salary of $55 million (excluding bonuses) as reported by Forbes. But in his final year of the contract, the one he is currently on, it is reported that Hamilton’s salary will take a dip.
According to a report, the Mercedes driver will earn $40 million in salary in 2022.
It’s also worth pointing out that the 2021 champion Max Verstappen retains his $25 million paycheck.
The reason for the pay cut in salary of the seven-time world champion could be the fact that he is edging towards the end of his career. But also because of the cost cap that F1 introduced in 2021.
Yet it’s not as if Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have an income flow from outside the sport.
He is undeniably one of the biggest names in the global sports landscape, and his magnanimous achievements have already made sure that he’ll remain an incredibly marketable name for years to come.
Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows Off Impressive Tennis Backhand Swing: ‘Practice Makes Better’
Serena Williams’ daughter, Olympia Ohanian, showcased her talents on the tennis court in a video posted to her Instagram on Monday
Olympia Ohanian is following in mom Serena Williams’ famous footsteps.
The 4-year-old tiny tot showed off her seriously impressive tennis skills in a new video posted to her Instagram account on Monday, showcasing a swing that rivals tennis players of all age groups.
“Practice makes better,” reads a simple caption accompanying the video, in which Olympia can be seen sporting a black-and-white workout getup while she effortlessly practices her backhand on the court.
“It’s Oracene [Price] all over again!” Williams’ sister, Venus, commented, referring to their mom, who also served as their tennis coach when they were younger.
Olympia’s tennis skills shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Serena, 40, is one of the most decorated tennis players in the history of the sport, and the mommy-daughter duo spend a considerable amount of time practicing together.
“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” the 23-time Grand Slam winner told PEOPLE of how Olympia got involved with the sport, adding, “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”
Serena shares Olympia with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she wed in a star-studded event at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in November 2017.
And although Olympia clearly takes her tennis training seriously on and off the court — Serena recently showed fans her daughter’s personal gym equipment in a series of Instagram Stories earlier in January — Olympia also has an ear for music, as evidenced by her incredible piano playing.
“She likes tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she likes playing piano,” the fashion designer told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November. “When she was in my belly, I played a lot of piano music.”
“And she’s teaching me! Like, I’m not even kidding,” the tennis pro replied when Kimmel asked if Olympia was taking piano lessons. “I have a baby Mozart, [but] of course every parent thinks they have like, a baby Beethoven or whatever.”