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Richard Williams III

Facts of Richard Williams Iii

Full NameRichard Williams Iii
First NameRichard
Middle NameWilliams
Last NameIii
Professioncelebrity stepbrother
Father NameRichard Williams
Father Professiontennis coach
Mother NameBetty Johnson
Gender IdentityMale
SibilingsRonner Williams, Reluss Williams, Sabrina Williams, Reneeka Williams, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Dylan Williams, and Katrina Jones
Date of Birth1967

Richard Williams III is known as the paternal step-brother of Serena Williams

Serena is a professional tennis player with 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era

She is the former world number 1 in women’s tennis.

Richard’s Family and Siblings

Richard is the son of Richard Williams and his wife, Betty Johnson

He has four siblings. They are two brothers and two sisters named Ronner, Reluss, Sabrina, and Reneeka Williams

Richard also has two paternal step-sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, a paternal step-brother named Dylan Williams, and a maternal step-sister Katrina Jones.

Richard was charged with a domestic dispute.

As per SunSentinel, Richard was arrested by the cops as his wife, Ana Williams, stated he began choking her at their home near Palm Beach Garden in April 2011

As per the arrest affidavit, they had a verbal disagreement after Ana put her two children to bed. 

Ana called 911 after Richard tried to choke her to the point she started passing out

Williams was jailed and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Richard’s father's relationships

Richard got married to Betty when he moved to California. Betty already had a daughter from her previous relationship.

The pair tied the wedding knot in 1965 and were separated in 1973 after eight years of togetherness.

Richard then met Oracene Price in 1979. At that time, Oracene had three daughters with her deceased husband, Yusef Rasheed.

The couple walked down the aisle after a year in 1980.

Richard and Oracene share two daughters, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

However, things didn’t work out well for them, and they got divorced in 2002 after 22 years of marriage. 

The reason is assumed to be domestic violence

Williams then got married to Lakeisha Juanita Graham in 2010 and divorced in 2017.

Lakeisha is a grocery store owner. They have a son together named Dylan, who is born in 2012

Richard Williams III’s father with his ex-wife Lakeisha, and son Dylan.
Richard Williams III’s father with his ex-wife Lakeisha, and son Dylan. Source:

Richard’s elder sister Sabrina calls their father a ‘Sperm donor.’

Sabrina is the eldest daughter of Richard and Betty

Richard abandoned his first family and got married to Serena and Venus Williamsmother, Oracene.

She claimed that her father was a serial cheater and believed he had several children scattered across the country.

In her interview with ‘The Sun’, she stated that when she was eight, Richard abandoned the family, telling her he was going to a store to buy her bicycle.

Her mother told her that he was never coming back

Sabrina mentioned that her father showed up to her when she was ten and talked again when she was in college

She further added that he was not a dad but just a sperm donor as he never helped or looked out for them.

He, along with his sister, criticized their dad’s biopic “King Richard,” calling it a comedy.

The 2021 biopic “King Richard,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, depicts the life of coach Richard, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams

He and his elder sister Sabrina have strongly criticized the film for cruelly omitting their dad’s first family, not showing his first thirty years, and not casting any of the family members from his marriage to his first wife (their mother, Betty). 

Sabrina said the film to be no less than a comedy questioning How can one make a movie telling half the story?  

According to her, the film suddenly starts with her dad and his new wife Oracene and their children, which seems nothing happened before.  

She also feels the title to be over the top and outrageous, saying her dad considers himself to be the king of the world, while others who have been around him and known him closely do not think he is the king as he has lived through two of his tennis star daughters forsaking all of his other children. 

She added to try not to laugh out loud while watching the film since she knows the full story. 

His sister also stated that as a black American, Will Smith, who is probably getting an Academy Award for playing their dad, should have wanted to tell the full story, while Sabrina stated the actor should be ashamed of himself and feels pity toward her dad more than being angry. 

Her late mom Betty whom she described as having had a great sense of humor, would have laughed out loud if she was alive, calling him "That rat b******.”

She added that she stopped giving a damn to her then-husband a long time before she died. 

She said of her dad failing to be a good dad and that he chose tennis for them so that it could make him a millionaire. 

She confessed to even burying her dad in her head and will not be attending his funeral.

His nephew committed suicide.

His nephew Alphonse Williams, son of Sabrina Williams, died by committing suicide at the age of just 21 on the 3rd of February, 2022

He was suffering from a multitude of mental and physical health issues that included bipolar disorder and Peyronie’s disease.  

His sister Sabrina admitted to knowing his struggles with mental health issues for a very long time and that he had attempted to end his life previously.

Richard Williams on Will Smith’s Oscar slap

When Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the 2022 Oscar, the slap was heard all around the world. 

The slap came after Rock made a joke out of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. 

He hinted at Jada Pinkett Smith appearing in a new "G.I. Jane" movie because of her shaved haircut. Pinkett has alopecia, a disease that causes loss of hair. 

Will Smith won the Oscar for the best actor award for "King Richard" for his role as the father of Serena and Venus Williams afterward. 

Still, during his speech, he apologized to Academy and his fellow nominees and others but didn’t even mention Chris for what he did to him that night. 

Richard Williams, who is currently under the care of his mystery son, Chavoita LeSane, said via his son that he does not condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense. 

However, they didn’t know all the details of what happened when asked about the Oscar slap. 

LeSane further added to say that his father was stunned as everyone else when Smith walked up the stage and slapped his face.

Back in 2016, Richard Williams was incapacitated after suffering two strokes, leaving him to inability to speak. 

Since then, LeSane, who is also his interpreter, has been taking care of him. He is currently residing in Atlanta

Like his half-brothers, Richard III and Ronner, LeSane also has criminal records. 

According to the criminal record, he has been charged with civil, domestic relations, and criminal proceedings 61 times. 

LeSane, the CEO of ChaVam, a Florida-based music company, helped his dad negotiate the deal for his dad’s 2014 memoir "Black and White: The Way I See It" with the publishing house. 

In his memoir, Williams acknowledged his son for bringing them all together and for tirelessly keeping the project alive when others would have flattered. He deserves that credit, he added. 

When Richard Williams was amid the messy divorce battle with his then-wife Lakeisha Graham, with whom he shared a son Dylan Starr in 2017, LeSane was put in charge of his dad’s estate.

Net Worth

Richard’s net worth has not been estimated yet

As per celebritynetworth, his father Richard Williams’ net worth is estimated to be $20 Million.

He earned this fortune through his career as a tennis coach

His paternal step-sister, Serena Williams’ net worth is $200 Million and a career prize money of $92.7 Million.

Below is the list of top women’s tennis players, along with their career prize money

S.N.NamePrize Money
1Venus Williams$41.5 Million
2Simona Halep$37 Million
3Victoria Azarenka$32.5 Million
4Ashleigh Barty$18 Million
5Garbine Muguruza$2.3 Million


  1. Richard was born in 1967, which makes him age 53 as of 2020.
  2. We collect most of the information about Richard Williams III as it is difficult to find on other wiki sites.

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Updated On Thu Oct 19 2023 Published On Wed Nov 04 2020 By shaumya

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