Serena Williams enjoyed a dazzling week at Wimbledon. Out of the grand slam game for 16 months as she started a family and endured post-delivery complications, the 25th seeded Williams fought her way into the finals. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watched from the All England Club's Royal Box, as Williams finished second to Angelique Kerber on July 14.
Williams is among many star athletes who have excelled in business as well as in sports. Off the tennis court, she has invested in Daily Harvest, a New York-based subscription service specializing in frozen, plant-based, one-step-prep foods and founded by CEO Rachel Drori. Other investors in Daily Harvest include: actress Haylie Duff, chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay, Oscar Award-winning actress and founder of Goop Gwyneth Paltrow, and venture capital firms Lightspeed Venture Partners and VMG Partners.
Many star athletes have put their winnings into the food and beverage business. If you’ve had a beer and chicken wings while waiting for a flight at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, or grabbed a smoothie while shopping at the Federal Plaza in Rockville, Maryland, or enjoyed a steak dinner at New York’s Grand Central terminal, you’ve got a sports celebrity to thank.
Here's a look at the investments of 13 athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams, Dale Earnhardt Jr., LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Danica Patrick and Greg Norman.