Richard Williams Net Worth

Richard Williams Net Worth

What is the net worth of Richard Williams?

$10 Million

Richard Williams is an American tennis coach with a net worth of $10 million who trained his daughter Venus and Serena Williams and made them world champions.

Serena also told Refinery29 in 2021 that if it weren't for their father, she and her sister, Venus, would not be the tennis players they are now.

Quick Facts About Richard Williams

Richard Williams Net Worth$10 Million
Full NameRichard Dove Williams Jr.
Date of BirthFebruary 14, 1942
ProfessionTennis Coach
Relationship StatusDivorced
Ex-WivesBetty Johnson
Oracene Price
Lakeisha Juanita Graham

Richard Williams Earnings, Career, Wiki, and More

As of 2021, he has an estimated net worth of $10 million which he primarily acquired as a professional coach in his tennis career. Moreover, he also received many tournament cash prizes and other income through the accomplishments of her daughters' successful tennis career.

He was channel surfing after coming to Long Beach, California, and landed on the 1978 French Open where he witnessed Virginia Ruzici of Poland win the women's singles competition in the end. He wasn't very interested in tennis; what drew his attention was Ruzici's $40,000 first-place award which equates to about $170,000 in today's money. He made the decision right there and then that his daughters Venus and Serena would be tennis stars. He even wrote an 85-page game plan to turn his girls into the top tennis players on the planet.

Richard Williams with his daughters, venus and Serena. (Source: Getty Images)
Richard Williams with his daughters, Venus and Serena. (Source: Getty Images)

When his girls were children in the 1980s, he began taking them to public tennis courts to play tennis. They would practice from 6 a.m. till dusk on occasion. The family relocated from California to Saginaw, Michigan, after Venus was born. They returned to California in 1981, this time settling in the rougher Compton neighborhood.

The family relocated to Palm Beach, Florida in 1991 so that the daughters could train full-time away from Compton's violence. Rick Macci, a local coach in Florida, saw the girls' potential and began professionally training them. Venus began her professional career when she was 14 years old, in 1994. Serena turned professional the next year.

At the Australian Open in 1998, the sisters notably squared off in their first big professional match. Serena was 16 and Venus was 17. Venus was victorious in straight sets. Serena Williams won the US Open at the age of 18 in 1999.

Venus won Wimbledon at the age of 20 in 2000. When Venus won Wimbledon, he was heard exclaiming from the crowd, "Straight outta Compton!" a reference to a song by the rap group N.W.A. based in Compton, the same area in Los Angeles where the family once resided.

His daughters, Venus and Serena Williams then went on to dominate the professional women's tennis circuit for many years, winning big events regularly. He was their coach for much of the late 1990s and early 2000s, however, they have since moved on to new coaches. He can now often be seen cheering them on from the stands.

He had a stroke in July of 2016. His wife at the time, Lakeisha Williams, indicated that his status was stable. He did, however, have several strokes after that.

On November 19, 2021, Warner Bros. Pictures released his biographical film King Richard, starring Will Smith, in theaters and on HBO MAX. Reinaldo Marcus Green directed the film, which was written by Zach Baylin.

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Richard Williams Relationship, Marriage, and Personal Life

He's been married three times in his life. He met Betty Johnson after relocating to California. Before divorcing in 1973, they married in 1965 and had five children which included three sons and two daughters.

He met Oracene "Brandy" Price in 1979, and she had three daughters with her then-deceased spouse. They tied the knot in 1980. Venus and Serena are their biological daughters who were born in 1980 and 1981 respectively. In 2002, they divorced.

Following his divorce and appearances with his new partner Lakeisha Juanita Graham, a grocery store owner, he reawakened public attention. They married in 2010, and their son Dylan was born in 2012. In 2017, they divorced.

Richard Williams Early Life, Family, and Education

He was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and was the oldest of five children and the only son of Julia Mae Metcalf, who died in 1985, and Richard Dove Williams. Pat, Barbara, Penny, and Faye are his younger sisters. The family lived near train lines on East 79th Street for a while.

Regarding his academic qualifications, he completed high school and relocated to Saginaw, Michigan before eventually settling in California.

Interesting Facts About Richard Williams

  • He became less visible later in his daughters' careers, focusing on other interests such as photography.
  • He co-authored the book "Black and White: The Way I See It" in 2014.
  • When it came to protecting his girls, he was notorious for his aggressiveness. The iconic interview tape in which he yells at a reporter for trying to suffocate Venus' confidence with his questions is a genuine tribute to the extent he would go to ensure they felt safe and comfortable.