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Venus and Serena Williams aren’t the only ones in the family breaking records these days. Serena’s daughter is now officially the youngest team owner in professional sports history.
Two-year-old Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. is now part-owner of Los Angeles’ new National Women’s Soccer League expansion team ‘Angel City.’ The team will begin play in Spring 2022.
Ohanian Jr. is part of an ownership group that includes several well known actors, athletes, and executives. Initialized Capital, founded by Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, leads the investment group.
The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women’s Professional Soccer. The relatively new league has now added four teams in four different cities the last 6 years: Houston in 2014, Orlando in 2016, Salt Lake City in 2018 and now Los Angeles. Women’s soccer has become increasingly popular over the last several years with the dominance of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team.
“As someone who spends hours kicking around a football with my 2-year-old daughter, I want her to have a front row seat to this revolution,” Ohanian said in a NWSL press release. “I’m personally investing on behalf of my family because creating more opportunities in women’s sports is important to my wife and me, and we want to be a part of making a better future for our daughter.”
LeBron James previously held the title of youngest team owner in American sports after buying a minority share of Liverpool Soccer Club in 2011 at age 26.