June 17, 1980 Venus Ebony Starr Williams, professional tennis player, businesswoman and author, was born in Lynwood, California. Williams’ family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida when she was ten so that she and her sister could attend a tennis academy. She began her professional tennis career in 1994 and won her first World Tennis Association singles title in 1998. Over her career, she has won 46 WTA singles titles and 22 Grand Slam titles, 7 in singles, 13 in doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. That is more than any other active player, other than her sister Serena. At the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games, Williams became only the second player to win Gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same games. She also won a Gold medal in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Williams has also led the fight for equal prize money for women. After Wimbledon and the French Open announced in 2007 that they would award equal prizes to women, the Chicago Sun-Times cited Williams as “the single factor that changed the minds of the boys” and a leader whose “willingness to take a public stand separates her not only from her female peers, but also from our most celebrated male athletes.” Williams received her associate degree in Fashion Design in 2007 and is chief executive officer of her own interior design company. She and her sister became part-owners of the Miami Dolphins in 2009, the first African American female owners of a National Football League franchise. “Venus and Serena: A Biography” was published in 2005 and Williams published “Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession” in 2010. She was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time magazine in 2011. Also that year, Forbes magazine listed her number 10 on its list of Most Powerful Black Women in the United States.