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Billie Jean King Wiki Biography
Billie Jean Moffitt was born on the 22nd November 1943, in Long Beach, California USA, and is a former professional tennis player, best known for being the No. 1 on the WTA rankings, and winning 39 Grand Slam titles – 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King’s career started in 1959 and ended in 1983.
Have you ever wondered how rich Billie Jean King is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that King’s net worth is as high as $15 million, earned largely through her successful pro tennis career.
Billie Jean King Net Worth $15 Million
Billie Jean King is a daughter of Bill Moffitt, a firefighter, and Betty, a housewife, comprising a conservative Methodist family. She went to Long Beach Polytechnic High School and later studied at California State University, Los Angeles. Billie Jean started playing tennis on the free public courts in Long Beach.
King made her Grand Slam debut in 1959 when she was only 15years-old, losing in the first round to Justina Bricka in three sets. King’s first major result came in 1961, when she won the women’s doubles at Wimbledon with Karen Hantze Susman. She won the competition nine more times (1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970-73, and 1979). Billie Jean won all four Grand Slams in singles: he Australian Open in 1968, French Open in 1972, Wimbledon in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, and 1975, and the US Open in 1967, 1971, 1972, and 1974. From the beginning od the ‘open’ era, her net worth improved steadily.
King also won the majors in doubles and mixed doubles during the late 60’s and 70’s. Overall, Billie Jean won 129 titles (67 during the open era) and earned her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. She remains one of the greatest tennis players in history, and thanks to the titles she won during her career, King’s net worth significantly increased.
During her long professional career, King won numerous awards, including the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1967, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 1972, Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 1999, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, among others.
Regarding her personal life, Billie Jean King was married to one of the founders of World Team Tennis, Larry King from 1965 to 1987; King had an abortion in 1971. Later, Billie Jean said that she decided to have an abortion because she thought that the marriage with Larry wasn’t strong enough to raise a child. However, the fact that she was interested in women more than in men had to do something with that decision. In 1968, she realized that she was a lesbian, and had an intimate relationship with her secretary Marilyn Barnett in 1971. Still, she didn’t ‘come out of the closet’ for a long time, mainly because of public opinion during the 70’s and 80’s.
In 2008, Billie Jean published her book called “Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes” in which she explains her sexuality and the struggles she went through along the way. King has residences in both New York and Chicago where she lives with her partner, Ilana Kloss. King has a younger brother, Randy Moffitt, who was a professional baseball player and played for the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays, during his 12-year-career.
|Full Name||Billie Jean King|
|Net Worth||$15 Million|
|Date Of Birth||November 22, 1943|
|Place Of Birth||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||134 lbs (60.7 kg)|
|Profession||Tennis player, Film Producer|
|Education||Long Beach Polytechnic High School, California State University, Los Angeles|
|Spouse||Larry King (m. 1965–1987)|
|Parents||Betty Moffitt, Bill Moffitt|
|Nicknames||Billie Jean Moffitt , Billie Jean Moffitt King|
|Awards||Presidential Medal of Freedom, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, Shorty Award for Athlete, Glamour Lifetime Achievement Award|
|1||Shared Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year” cover with basketball great John Wooden, becoming the first female athlete and tennis player to merit that honor (1972).|
|2||Co-founder of World Team Tennis.|
|3||The Elton John song “Philadelphia Freedom” was the name of her World Tennis team (1974-1978).|
|4||She became the chief executive officer of Teamtennis (1989).|
|5||As a tennis player, she won 20 Wimbledon titles, 13 US Open titles, the French Open, the Australian Open and 29 Virginia Slims singles titles.|
|6||Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990.|
|7||First woman athlete to earn more than $100,000.|
|8||Ranked the number one tennis player seven times between 1966 and 1974.|
|9||She helped establish the Virginia Slims professional tennis tour for women in 1970.|
|10||First woman commissioner in professional sports history.|
|11||Her fame heavily increased after her “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and win against darer Bobby Riggs on September 20, 1973, in Houston, Texas.|
|12||She founded the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation.|
|13||She had an abortion in 1971.|
|14||Her brother Randy Moffit was a major league pitcher (1972-1983).|
|15||In 1981, she admitted her bisexuality amid a palimony suit brought by former lover Marilyn Barnett (King won the suit).|
|16||Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1967 & 1973|