Serena Williams – interview On Investing, Buying Property and Motherhood

  • maverick carter – So, glad to be here with you. What are the determining factors for you as you look at businesses to invest in that you start to think through for investing in things?
  • Serena Williams – -: Well, for me, investments are really important in terms of, who are the other investors? Like, what does their portfolio look like? What does their past look like? Have they been successful, or are they a brand-new company? Is it a good product? Is it something you believe in? I never do anything if I don’t really believe in the product
  • maverick carter -.- Is there one that sticks out in your head that was your favorite or the best investment that you made?
  • Serena Williams – -: As a competitor, I just keep thinking about the ones that I missed that I had an opportunity to do. But you know what? You can’t miss what you don’t have, first of all.- Exactly. – And what I’ve done now is I’ve developed a team that’s specifically only for investment, and they just work strictly on that. They work strictly on meeting with companies, meeting with different portfolios, meeting with different VC firms and then deciding from there, like, “Is this good for Serena?”Of course, I’m maybe too hands-on.- [laughs] – So…I’m super, super involved. So we’ve built a team now that does strictly that. And my fiancé’s in finance, so kind of had a cheat sheet, which is a little bit of unfair advantage. So he always is like, “Okay, this company–you want to invest in this.- Look at this. Take a look at this.- So it’s been like I’ve been cheating a little bit the past couple years, but it’s been great.
  • maverick carter — What part of it do you love the most? Some people like the process. – I like building.- You like building. You like the process.
  • Serena Williams – -: I do. I feel like if I believe in something, I really like to build on it. And I really love believing in some of these companies, you know, so that, for me, is my favorite part.
  • maverick carter — No matter how many accomplishments, no matter how much money you get, what is it that keeps you the best tennis player that you can be, which is the best tennis player in the world? What is it that keeps you wanting to kick people’s asson the tennis court?
  • Serena Williams – -: I love what I do.I’ve always loved what I do,and I think it goes back from my first year on tour, where I just never picked up my checks, ’cause I did it because I wanted to be the best, I loved what I did, and I never wanted to do anything else. And also, I hate to lose, and so, for me, those elements create who I am. And that’s why I’m Serena, and that’s just who I am.
  • maverick carter — Is there, like, a guilty-pleasure purchase that you just can’t stop buying? It could be purses. It could be some kind of food. Is there a thing or things that you’re like,”Damn, I want to stop buying that”?-
    I have the weirdest one.
  • Serena Williams – -:It’s property.[both laughing]Yeah, that’s really random.
  • maverick carter – So how many homes, properties do you have, and where?-
  • Serena Williams – -: I don’t know. A lot.- A lot? – Yeah. It’s…
  • maverick carter – And you never sell?
  • Serena Williams – -: Some people do get that thing, and they just sell.- I know. They, like, go and sell.I don’t sell a lot, and when I do, I regret it. Oh, I’m still regretting that one sell.
  • maverick carter – There was one you sold?
  • Serena Williams – -:- I did. I should’ve never sold it.- Where was it at? – It was on the water.- In L.A. or here? – In Florida.- Oh. – I know, see? I know. What was I thinking?
  • maverick carter – There’s a rule–you should never sell beachfront, ’cause they’re not making any more.
  • Serena Williams – -:- Right
  • maverick carter – As you think about your tennis career–Now you’re gonna have a childLike, have you thought about how that affects your tennis career as far as time commitments?
  • Serena Williams – -: Yeah, I haven’t thought about it a lot in my career at all.Mm-hmm.I’ve always been really Really one direction kind of individual. But I feel like having a child is really opening new doors, ’cause I feel like I can understand parents and especially mothers. I feel like I can understand, you know, even more, companies. Juts
    –I honestly feel like it opens a whole mother.
    .- It does. You’re right
    .- The aspect of business opportunities. And even, like, looking from child food–Like, I’m really a health nut, so I’m like, “I want to make sure my baby eats really healthy.”And so it’s just, like– that just–all new other opportunities for investments…
  • maverick carter – That you never paid attention to.
  • Serena Williams – -:- That I would’ve never paid attention to. So it’s really interesting, and, you know, I never–But most of all, I just want to give the baby lost of love

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