King Richard, the film based on Serena and Venus’s dad Richard Williams was released on November 19. We take a look at the tennis coach’s net worth in this article.
Movie lovers are raving about the Will Smith starrer on Twitter, ever since its release. The film stars Will as Richard himself and actresses Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney as Serena and Venus respectively.
King Richard shows that the Williams sisters unmatched success in tennis is just the tip of the iceberg, as their story has a lot more to it.
What is Richard Williams’ net worth?
According to the Celebrity Net Worth portal, Richard is worth $10 million.
The coach is a Shreveport, Louisiana native, who eventually settled in California.
Serena and Venus were Richard’s daughters from his second marriage to Oracene Price. The pair tied the knot in 1980 and raised their family as Oracene worked as a nurse while Richard was a security guard.
After learning about the success of Polish tennis player Virginia Ruzici he decided to help his daughter launch a tennis career.
The star famously wrote an 85-page game plan to make his daughters champions of the tennis world.
He began taking them to public tennis courts for practice. The family even moved to Palm Beach, Florida in 1991 so the girls would be safe from the violence in Compton, California.
The Williams sister met coach Rick Macci in Florida who recognized their potential and began training them. However, Richard often showed up at their practise matches and even high profile tournaments, cheering them on.
Richard was known for his ferocity when it came to protecting his daughters. The infamous interview clip that sees him yelling at an interviewer who tried to stifle Venus’ confidence with his questions, is a true testament to the lengths he would go to make sure they feel safe and secure.
Where is Serena Williams’ dad now?
As per a 2018 Daily Mail report, Richard fell a victim to two strokes, one of which affected his ability to speak.
His son Chavoita Lesane has been given the power of attorney as the 79-year-old is paving his way out of a messy divorce with estranged, third wife Lakeisha, 41.
Richard’s son Chavoita often features the star on his Instagram. A post made on October 10, on this account shows the tennis coach filming with a crew of people as Chavoita stood beside him.
There’s another adorable clip of Richard that sees him sharing an adorable moment with his granddaughter and Serena’s child Olympia as she rides her bike!
A look at ‘King Richard,’ as film releases
So far King Richard has received rave reviews from fans. However, a review in IndieWire has called the film a ‘crowd-pleasing new drama.’
The film depicts the dedication and determination of Venus and Serena’s parents to give their daughters a better life. Since the beginning of the sisters’ career, Richard was deemed as a fanatic for his antics at their games.
However, the film depicts him as a man whose determination helped him to survive the difficulties of the Jim Crow South.
Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith served as an executive producer on the film.