Madrid Open finalist Jessica Pegula stands to inherit a fortune so vast she could buy Chelsea and still have over a billion quid left over to buy a private jet or two.
Pegula, 28, is making waves in the world of tennis after reaching her first WTA 1000 Final, where she will face Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur on Saturday evening. But the prize money she’ll bank from her efforts in the Spanish capital do n’t come close to the incredible sums she stands to inherit from her billionaire father.
Jessica, who earlier this year reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, is the heir to a £4.7billion family fortune earned by her father Terrence, currently the 434th richest person in the world.
That’s not a bad situation to be in. And once she inherits her father’s fortune, Jessica will be so rich that she could even afford to buy Premier League giants Chelsea, currently up for sale due to sanctions imposed on Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
American billionaire Todd Boehly is the front runner to purchase the club with a bid worth over £3.5billion. That means if Jessica ever decides she wants a piece of the west London pie, she could snap up Chelsea and still have £1.2billion left over to play around with her.
For now, though, the Pegula family will have to make do with a healthy collection of other billionaire playthings, including NHL team Buffalo Sabers and other Buffalo-based sports outfits the Beauts and the Bandits.
The family also own a £60million superyacht, which can house 12 guests and has room for 18 crew, as per superyachtfanclub.com. Not bad by any stretch.
Given her father’s incredible wealth, Jessica could have been forgiven for forgoing a difficult career in tennis to enjoy the trappings of a billionaire lifestyle. But the beautiful heiress is seriously making a name for herself out on court.
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Fresh from reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, she is now up to no.14 in the WTA rankings – only three spots below British star Emma Raducanu – and in her first WTA 1000 final.
Last year, Jessica opened up about her family’s wealth and its affect on her tennis career, telling Wide World of Sport: “When I was younger, it was more like I wanted to make a name for myself and then I realized as I got older , I should embrace the whole family aspect of it instead.
“It was almost hurting me in a way because it wasn’t going to go away and I learned to embrace that, kind of have fun with it. Tennis is my thing, it’s my job, it’s my career. It’s very separate and my parents don’t really have any say right now in anything I do on the court.”
Jessica isn’t just an excellent tennis player. She’s an entrepreneur, too. In 2017, she opened an ice-hockey-themed restaurant with her sister Ella Kelly in Buffalo, New York.
According to the restaurant’s website, the 28-year-old: “Leads in the creation and development of the healthy food and beverage menu items, and overall business management.” If that wasn’t enough to be getting on with her, she also has her own skincare range called Ready 24, which has been on the market since 2017.