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Serena Williams Is The First Athlete To Make Forbes' Richest Self-Made Women List in America

Serena Williams just added another title to her long list of wins. She’s now making history as the first athlete to appear on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women List in America. You may have heard about the list before — Kylie Jenner was named on the list last year, causing many to question Forbes’ definition of “self-made.” This year, Williams is on the list after securing multiple partnerships, investing in tech companies, starting her own venture capital firm and joining the board of some growing startup companies. Williams announced her VC firm Serena Ventures in April, quietly funding over 30 companies led by women and underrepresented groups since 2014. The companies range across the beauty, food, and retail industries. “I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries,” Williams said in an Instagram post.  “Serena Ventures invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and...

Arriana McLymore

Jun 4, 2019

See How These Black Athletes Are Investing in Tech

From basketball courts to football stadiums, more black athletes are beginning to invest in tech startups around the country and seeing huge returns while doing it. Stars like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are seeing wins on and off the court from their recent investments. Here’s a look at some current and former black athletes making names for themselves in the startup world: Kevin Durant: Kevin Durant has built a name for himself in Silicon Valley with his startup Durant Company, which invests in tech companies. Durant has most recently invested in the Culture fund , which is focused on diversifying the tech industry. The NBA-star says his mentors Ron Conway (an early-stage Google and PayPal investor), and Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz have had a huge influence on his business ventures. Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz launched the Culture Fund and has since gained the attention of other investors like actor Will Smith and Essence Ventures CEO Richelieu...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 3, 2018