Billie Jean King Net Worth
Billie Jean King Net Worth and salary: Billie Jean King is an American form World No. 1 professional tennis player who has a net worth of $16 million. Billie Jean King was born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California. Considered one of the best tennis players of all time, King won 12 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles. King also took the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. Over her career, King often represented the U.S. in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup and was a member of the victorious U.S. team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, King was the U.S. captain in the Federation Cup. An advocate for sexual equality, at age 29 (1973), she won the so-called Battle of the Sexes tennis match against 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. She was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, World Team Tennis (with former husband Larry King) and the Women's Sports Foundation. King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Fed Cup Award of Excellence was bestowed on King in 2010. In 1972, King was the joint winner, with John Wooden, of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award and was one of the Time Persons of the Year in 1975. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year lifetime achievement award. King was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1990 and 2006. The USTA National Tennis Center in New York City was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Her awards and honors read like a who's who in tennis, including the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1967; Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1972, making her the first female athlete ever to receive that honor to date; she was named by Life magazine as one of the 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century in 1990 among many other professional kudos. Her playing style was aggressive and she was a hard-hitting net-rusher with excellent speed.