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How Would Venus Williams Spend $1.4 Million?

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How Would Venus Williams Spend $1.4 Million?

We asked the Wimbledon ladies champóthe first ever to receive the same jackpot as her male counterpartóto blow her prize money in a New York shopping spree.
By Sarah Bernard



Serena and I have an apartment in New York and itís not furnished, so Iíd get that done. I wouldnít design it myself; Iíd have the girls from V Starr, my design company, do it. Itís hard work! Iíd want a guitar for the apartmentóa Gibson J45 acoustic ($8,000 for a vintage 1955 model at Matt Umanov). And a purple Fender Stratocaster ($6,000 at Sam Ash). Serena plays, too, so Iíd get her a pink Fender Strat ($6,000 at Sam Ash). Weíd have fun. For my room, a custom king-size mattress would be cool ($10,400 at Duxiana), and sheets from Frette ($6,950 for a Helena Limited six-piece set) and a Frette bathrobe ($550). Every girlís got to have a bathrobe.



Once a year I go to Giuseppe Zanotti and buy all the shoes I want. Strappy shoes with big jeweled alligators or snakes or butterflies on them. I usually walk out with about twelve pairs ($7,800 for twelve). I keep them for life or until Serena steals some or my other sisters come and lift them. Weíre all pretty much the same size, my mom and all my sisters. Iíd also get my mom a shopping spree. Everything she wears is from St. John or Escada. So she could have a spree at both ($50,000). And Iíd get her a car. An Infinity QX56 ($57,960, fully equipped).






Right now I have three dogs. A Havanese called AorangióIíd just won Wimbledon when I got him, and the practice site at Wimbledon is called Aorangi Park. So he got named after that. And two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Harry and Winston. Iíd go to American Kennels and get another Havanese and another Cavalier King Charles. I love Yorkies, so Iíd get a Yorkie and a Maltese and a bulldog ($15,700 for five dogs). Serena has a Maltese and a Jack Russell. Iím always suckered into buying them bags and treats. I think the Juicy Couture stuff is really cute, though. Iíd get them each a bed ($975 for five at Juicy Couture) and some Greenies treats ($74.95 for five boxes at Petco).



Iím always flying. I used to not mind, but this year itís really wearing on me. Iíd get private jet hours from Net Jets ($1,176,069.30 toward 50 hours in a Citation Sovereign). That would help me so much. And a purple cashmere blanket from HermŤs ($2,025) to take on the plane. Iíve come to accept that Iím always cold.



Iím a really picky eater and I have a hard time eating enough. Thereís this diner called Route 66 that has the best breakfast ($16.75 for eggs, fruit, and granola). When Iím competing, I actually eat lunch for breakfast. One year Serena and I ordered in every day from Benihana before the U.S. Openówe just got into a groove. And we won. So for the two weeks of this U.S. Open, Iíd get food for both of us ($679). Also, Serena loved the earrings I wore at Wimbledon. A big pink stone attached to a row of diamonds that I got at the Belgium airport. Iíd get her a pair of earrings (cobblestone earrings, $2,000 at H. Stern New York). I was looking at a watch at Wempe. A Patek Philippe. Itís white gold and it has diamonds around a mother-of-pearl face (ladiesí annual-calendar watch, $48,800). Itís even prettier when you put it on. I looked at it but didnít get it. Iíll get it when I win another slam.





REALITY CHECK
What I Really Spent Today
Lunch from the restaurant across the street from my office. A tuna salad...$10
I bought gas for $20. I think. I didnít look.
Dolly Madison Zingers and a tangerine soda...$2.50
TOTAL: $32.50
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How Would Venus Williams Spend $1.4 Million?

We asked the Wimbledon ladies champóthe first ever to receive the same jackpot as her male counterpartóto blow her prize money in a New York shopping spree.
By Sarah Bernard



Serena and I have an apartment in New York and itís not furnished, so Iíd get that done. I wouldnít design it myself; Iíd have the girls from V Starr, my design company, do it. Itís hard work! Iíd want a guitar for the apartmentóa Gibson J45 acoustic ($8,000 for a vintage 1955 model at Matt Umanov). And a purple Fender Stratocaster ($6,000 at Sam Ash). Serena plays, too, so Iíd get her a pink Fender Strat ($6,000 at Sam Ash). Weíd have fun. For my room, a custom king-size mattress would be cool ($10,400 at Duxiana), and sheets from Frette ($6,950 for a Helena Limited six-piece set) and a Frette bathrobe ($550). Every girlís got to have a bathrobe.



Once a year I go to Giuseppe Zanotti and buy all the shoes I want. Strappy shoes with big jeweled alligators or snakes or butterflies on them. I usually walk out with about twelve pairs ($7,800 for twelve). I keep them for life or until Serena steals some or my other sisters come and lift them. Weíre all pretty much the same size, my mom and all my sisters. Iíd also get my mom a shopping spree. Everything she wears is from St. John or Escada. So she could have a spree at both ($50,000). And Iíd get her a car. An Infinity QX56 ($57,960, fully equipped).






Right now I have three dogs. A Havanese called AorangióIíd just won Wimbledon when I got him, and the practice site at Wimbledon is called Aorangi Park. So he got named after that. And two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Harry and Winston. Iíd go to American Kennels and get another Havanese and another Cavalier King Charles. I love Yorkies, so Iíd get a Yorkie and a Maltese and a bulldog ($15,700 for five dogs). Serena has a Maltese and a Jack Russell. Iím always suckered into buying them bags and treats. I think the Juicy Couture stuff is really cute, though. Iíd get them each a bed ($975 for five at Juicy Couture) and some Greenies treats ($74.95 for five boxes at Petco).



Iím always flying. I used to not mind, but this year itís really wearing on me. Iíd get private jet hours from Net Jets ($1,176,069.30 toward 50 hours in a Citation Sovereign). That would help me so much. And a purple cashmere blanket from HermŤs ($2,025) to take on the plane. Iíve come to accept that Iím always cold.



Iím a really picky eater and I have a hard time eating enough. Thereís this diner called Route 66 that has the best breakfast ($16.75 for eggs, fruit, and granola). When Iím competing, I actually eat lunch for breakfast. One year Serena and I ordered in every day from Benihana before the U.S. Openówe just got into a groove. And we won. So for the two weeks of this U.S. Open, Iíd get food for both of us ($679). Also, Serena loved the earrings I wore at Wimbledon. A big pink stone attached to a row of diamonds that I got at the Belgium airport. Iíd get her a pair of earrings (cobblestone earrings, $2,000 at H. Stern New York). I was looking at a watch at Wempe. A Patek Philippe. Itís white gold and it has diamonds around a mother-of-pearl face (ladiesí annual-calendar watch, $48,800). Itís even prettier when you put it on. I looked at it but didnít get it. Iíll get it when I win another slam.





REALITY CHECK
What I Really Spent Today
Lunch from the restaurant across the street from my office. A tuna salad...$10
I bought gas for $20. I think. I didnít look.
Dolly Madison Zingers and a tangerine soda...$2.50
TOTAL: $32.50
I wish I was that rich

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Re: How Would Venus Williams Spend $1.4 Million?

I love that she actually spent like 15 pounds in the day rather than her 1.4 million

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Wow.......................
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I hope Vee isnt a spendthrift like that.

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Re: How Would Venus Williams Spend $1.4 Million?

On their reality show, she was accused of being cheap.
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How Would Venus Williams Spend $1.4 Million?

We asked the Wimbledon ladies champóthe first ever to receive the same jackpot as her male counterpartóto blow her prize money in a New York shopping spree.
By Sarah Bernard



Serena and I have an apartment in New York and itís not furnished, so Iíd get that done. I wouldnít design it myself; Iíd have the girls from V Starr, my design company, do it. Itís hard work! Iíd want a guitar for the apartmentóa Gibson J45 acoustic ($8,000 for a vintage 1955 model at Matt Umanov). And a purple Fender Stratocaster ($6,000 at Sam Ash). Serena plays, too, so Iíd get her a pink Fender Strat ($6,000 at Sam Ash). Weíd have fun. For my room, a custom king-size mattress would be cool ($10,400 at Duxiana), and sheets from Frette ($6,950 for a Helena Limited six-piece set) and a Frette bathrobe ($550). Every girlís got to have a bathrobe.



Once a year I go to Giuseppe Zanotti and buy all the shoes I want. Strappy shoes with big jeweled alligators or snakes or butterflies on them. I usually walk out with about twelve pairs ($7,800 for twelve). I keep them for life or until Serena steals some or my other sisters come and lift them. Weíre all pretty much the same size, my mom and all my sisters. Iíd also get my mom a shopping spree. Everything she wears is from St. John or Escada. So she could have a spree at both ($50,000). And Iíd get her a car. An Infinity QX56 ($57,960, fully equipped).






Right now I have three dogs. A Havanese called AorangióIíd just won Wimbledon when I got him, and the practice site at Wimbledon is called Aorangi Park. So he got named after that. And two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Harry and Winston. Iíd go to American Kennels and get another Havanese and another Cavalier King Charles. I love Yorkies, so Iíd get a Yorkie and a Maltese and a bulldog ($15,700 for five dogs). Serena has a Maltese and a Jack Russell. Iím always suckered into buying them bags and treats. I think the Juicy Couture stuff is really cute, though. Iíd get them each a bed ($975 for five at Juicy Couture) and some Greenies treats ($74.95 for five boxes at Petco).



Iím always flying. I used to not mind, but this year itís really wearing on me. Iíd get private jet hours from Net Jets ($1,176,069.30 toward 50 hours in a Citation Sovereign). That would help me so much. And a purple cashmere blanket from HermŤs ($2,025) to take on the plane. Iíve come to accept that Iím always cold.



Iím a really picky eater and I have a hard time eating enough. Thereís this diner called Route 66 that has the best breakfast ($16.75 for eggs, fruit, and granola). When Iím competing, I actually eat lunch for breakfast. One year Serena and I ordered in every day from Benihana before the U.S. Openówe just got into a groove. And we won. So for the two weeks of this U.S. Open, Iíd get food for both of us ($679). Also, Serena loved the earrings I wore at Wimbledon. A big pink stone attached to a row of diamonds that I got at the Belgium airport. Iíd get her a pair of earrings (cobblestone earrings, $2,000 at H. Stern New York). I was looking at a watch at Wempe. A Patek Philippe. Itís white gold and it has diamonds around a mother-of-pearl face (ladiesí annual-calendar watch, $48,800). Itís even prettier when you put it on. I looked at it but didnít get it. Iíll get it when I win another slam.





REALITY CHECK
What I Really Spent Today
Lunch from the restaurant across the street from my office. A tuna salad...$10
I bought gas for $20. I think. I didnít look.
Dolly Madison Zingers and a tangerine soda...$2.50
TOTAL: $32.50



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I live for this thread. I would love to spend that money on everything that she's buying. It's nice to know that she has taste.


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haha, that's awesome.
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Some of those prices seem ridiculous? Like really, is there any bathroom that is REALLY worth hundreds or thousands of dollars?

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she'd only get half of the prize money at the most - after taxes, paying agents, etc.
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@ what she really spent. I'm glad she is responsible with her money.

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On the show I think it was Oracene being "cheap" with her money. Didn't she get mad that they had to pay a ton of money for food that wasn't that good?

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On the show I think it was Oracene being "cheap" with her money. Didn't she get mad that they had to pay a ton of money for food that wasn't that good?

I was talking about the part when Serena went to look at a new Mercedes Benz and she mentioned that Venus was too much. She doesn't want to spend the money but she was eating potato chip in a $140,000 car.

I don't think Oracene was complaining about the money. She was upset that they wanted to charge them more because of their celebrity status.
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at the Reality Check.
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