Serena Williams is pursuing her family, hobbies and business full time after retiring from tennis. She started providing startup funds 10 years ago and thanks to her commitment, as reported by the Express, she has now built a very important portfolio of clients.
Without forget that Serena Ventures, closed a $111 million debut fund this past spring. More than half of the companies in her portfolio are founded by women and 47% of her founders are black. Wemimo Abbey, co-founder of fintech startup Esusu, explained how invested Williams is in her clients after describing a message she took from the sports superstar in the middle of the night.
Abbey told Business Insider: "I'm like: Wait, Serena Williams is thinking about Esusu at 4 in the morning. That's pretty awesome. That's how you know you've done it!" Serena Williams' investment portfolio includes no fewer than 90 companies in which she made early investments.
16 of them went on to have valuations over $1 billion.
Serena, the life after tennis
Last August, Serena Williams granted an interview to her Vogue colleagues and talked about many topics. Among these, the US tennis legend said: "At the beginning of my career, I never thought about having children.
There were times when I wondered if it was appropriate to bring children into this world, I didn't feel comfortable with that possibility. But now without telling lies, I have great support regarding my children. My husband tells me I'm very practical, but he has to say that in five years Olympia was only once away from me for 24 hours.
Last year I was injured and picked up my daughter from school every day, I couldn't wait to see her face again."