Nick Saban, Serena Williams Make Fortune's List of World's 50 Greatest Leaders

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

Serena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Osaka won 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban and tennis superstar Serena Williams made Fortune's list of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders."

Saban came in at No. 12, while Williams was No. 15. The female gymnasts and Olympians who came forward and testified against Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing over 150 girls during his time as a physician for Michigan State and the United States Gymnastics team, made the list at No. 22.

"We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere," gymnast Aly Raisman said at the time, per Fortune.

In Fortune's excerpt on Saban, it noted that the college football head coach has won five national championships in the past nine years with Alabama and six overall in his career, tying him with legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in the poll era of college football.

While Saban has a long way to go in the all-time wins category—John Gagliardi tops that list with 471 wins, while Saban is sitting on 223—there's no question Saban has entrenched himself as one of the most decorated college coaches in the history of the sport. 

As for Williams, Fortune wrote:

"Williams spent much of 2017 off the court while pregnant with her first child. But taking a break from tennis didn't stop her from leading. After complications with her pregnancy, she focused a spotlight on women's health issues—including the fact that maternal mortality rates for African-Americans are three times as high as those for white women."

Williams remains arguably the greatest tennis player ever, man or woman, having won 23 singles Grand Slam titles, 14 doubles Grand Slam titles and four overall Olympic gold medals.

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