Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are known for their accomplishments in the tennis courts but did you know that both are avid startup investors?
Serena Williams' Investments
Serena Williams has made over 60 investments through her venture firm, Serena Ventures, which backs companies that focus on diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity. The firm currently has a $33 billion market cap.
Some of the investments that she has made include a learning platform, a virtual clinic for people of color, and even an NFT platform. This is on top of having her own clothing line, S by Serena, and also owning a piece of the Miami Dolphins.
Maria Sharapova's Investments
As for Maria Sharapova, she has made successful investments in the health and fitness space with Tonal, a home smart gym, and Therabody, a deep muscle massage treatment. She's also co-owner of the famous SuperGoop! sunscreen.
Maria and Serena competed at the highest level of the tennis world and I can't wait to see what moves they make in the investment world!
Janet Lee is an MBA candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management on a full-tuition fellowship. She is currently working for TenOneTen Ventures, Visible Hands VC and Tech Coast Angels. Before business school, she started two businesses, a tech-forward real estate brokerage and international trade & logistics company. Her MBA focus is venture capital, for which she was recently awarded the Deutschman Venture Fellowship.