Fast Facts

  • Became a tennis pro at 14 years old in 1994.
  • Faced sister Serena in the women's final of the 1999 Lipton Championships, making it the first time since 1884 that two sisters had played each other in the final of a pro event (Venus won).
  • Named Sportswoman of the Year in 2000 by Sports Illustrated.
  • Won two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics, one for the women's singles title and one for the women's doubles title with Serena; in 2008 and 2012, she and Serena won gold again in women's doubles.
  • In 2002, became the first black female tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association.
  • Starred with Serena in the reality TV series Venus and Serena: For Real, which debuted in 2005.
  • Captured her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2008, defeating sister Serena to improve to 2-5 in Grand Slam finals between the two. In 2007, Venus was the lowest-seeded winner ever at No. 23.
  • Won a bronze medal in mixed doubles, with Rajeev Ram, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
  • Named the first Promoter of Gender Equality for UNESCO, through which she donates apparel from her EleVen clothing line to needy children. 
  • Is the founder and CEO of V Starr Interiors, an interior decorating firm based in Jupiter, Florida.
  • Owns a small stake in the Miami Dolphins franchise.


  • Lyndrea — Half Sister
  • Serena Williams — Sister
  • Yetunde Price — Half Sister
  • Richard Williams — Father
  • Isha — Half Sister
  • Oracene Williams — Mother
  • Hank Kuehne — Ex-significant Other


  • The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States (AA in Fashion Design, 2007); Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana, United States (BS in Business Administration, 2015)


  • Birth Name: Venus Ebone Starr Williams
  • Birth Place: Lynwood, California, United States
  • Profession: Tennis player, Clothing designer

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