Alexis Ohanian, the husband of tennis champion Serena Williams, says that he is humbled by seeing the impact that his wife Serena and her sister, Venus, have had in the world.
Alexis Ohanian on the impact that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have made in the world
The 37 year old Ohanian, who co-foudned the site Reddit and recently stepped down from the Board of the company, told CNN in an interview, "I get to see the impact that Serena and [her sister] Venus have on so many people all over the world, and it's humbling.
I've had a front row seat to exactly how different it is and how much she's toiled not only as a woman, but as a Black woman. Olympia is not going to question everything Serena has done to make this world better for Olympia.
I want to sit at that dinner table when Olympia's a little older and feel like I've done my part, too. I have 16 years, give or take, to have enough of an impact. Ten years ago, I would get stopped for being 'the Reddit guy' and that made me feel nice.
And then a few years after that, people would be pitching me their startups because they knew I was doing investing and that felt nice, too. But then, a few years ago, people just started shouting at me, 'Alexis, I love your wife!' And, you know, obviously that's a great feeling, too."
Ohanian says that he would happy if their daughter Olympia wanted to follow in his footsteps or in Serena's footsteps or choose any other career as well. "I would love for my daughter to be a CEO and a startup founder.
I would love for her to be a professional athlete. Serena admits that when she sees Olympia running around with a soccer ball, having a great time playing with me, she gets a little jealous. But don't worry, Olympia is really great with a racket, too."
Serena Williams is considered by many to be among the greatest players of all time, having won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career. She is trying to equal the record held by Margaret Court, who has won 24 Grand Slam singles titles and could achieve the same at the US Open later this month.