Billie Jean King
The former World No. 1 tennis player widely regarded as one of the best net-rushers of her time.
Billie Jean Moffit
November 22, 1943
Long Beach, California
Billie Jean King was a 39-time Grand Slam titleholder known as the first woman to be named as Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsperson of the Year.’ The self-proclaimed male chauvinist became a pivotal figure in gender advocacy and women empowerment among sportswomen. The former legendary player was also recognized for pioneering the Women’s Sports Foundation and Women’s Tennis Association. She became instrumental in getting the American cigarette brand Virginia Slim to support women’s tennis in the 1970s and eventually helped form the Virginia Slims Tour. In the 2000s, she served as a board member for the brand’s mother company, Philip Morris.