Serena Williams is one of the most well-known athletes in the world, in fact, there’s literally no one like her. She’s been passionate about her love for tennis since she was a child, having her father coach and guide her—as well as her big sister Venus—since they were children.
According to Forbes (and unsurprisingly), Williams is one of the highest paid athletes in the world. She is also the only woman to crack the top 100 on that list, but Williams says she’s never once been motivated to play harder or better by the money.
While being interviewed for “Kneading Dough,” the personal-finance video series from LeBron James’ media company, Uninterpreted, Williams said, “I’ve never actually played for money —I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy. Not once did I think about a check.”
“I just played for the love of the sport,” Williams told sports business manager Maverick Carter.
“I never touched [my first million-dollars] — I just put it in the bank. And I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit it, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this,’ and so I ended up going inside: ‘Just put it on my account!’”
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