Billie Jean King is a famous American professional tennis player. She has won 16 grand slam in women’s doubles, 11 grand slams in mixed doubles while 12 in her singles. She has won various titles in her career and represented the US in the Wightman cup and federation cup. She was also the member of US victorious team in Wightman cups and seven federation cups. If you want to know more about life, career and net worth of Billie Jean in 2019, then you can read this article ahead.
Early Life & Biography
She was born on 22nd November in the year 1943 in Long Beach in California. She belonged to a Methodist family and was born to Bill Moffitt and Betty. Billie’s mother was a housewife while her father was Firefighter. She belonged to an athletic family who inspired her to be a tennis player. Her mother was really nice at swimming while her father used to play baseball, basketball.
Billie has a younger brother who has been playing basketball in the major leagues for 12 years. She used to play long beach softball and baseball during early age but then she started playing tennis at the age of 11. Her parents suggested her to play tennis, and she always looks for a ladylike sport. She used to save her money and bought her racket with the money saved by her. She played in a number of tennis tournaments, and she has been recognized as a world famous player.
She got engaged to Larry Kind in the year 1964, and then they married next year. Her husband introduced her to feminism, and that’s why she pursues her career in tennis. Later on, she realized that she was actually attracted to women and she had a relationship with her secretary Marilyn Barnett. In the year 1981, she revealed her relationship. She identifies herself as a lesbian, but she is attracted to both men and women which is why she thinks that she should be considered as bisexual now.
Career, Awards & Nominations
She started playing tennis professionally in the year 1972, and she is ranked as the fifth woman who has won four grand slam titles in the tennis history. She has also won a grand slam in mixed doubles. She has a long career in the tennis field and has won numerous awards and titles for her awesome playing style.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Billie Jean King is around $22 million which she has earned by being a famous tennis player. She has been the member of US team and has played various championships and matches during her career. She has won eleven mixed doubles titles and was the joint winner for the sportsman award in the year 1972.
She remained married to Larry and said her relationship with Marilyn was a mistake. In the year 1971, she had an abortion which came in public through a magazine article. Her husband was the one who revealed about her abortion.