Jerry Richardson net worth: Jerry Richardson is an American businessman and NFL team owner who has a net worth of $1.1 billion. Jerry Richardson has earned his net worth as the current majority owner and founder of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Jerry was born July 11, 1936 in Spring Hope, North Carolina. He played football at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and was also a player in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts.
Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas to become an owner when the Carolinas were unanimously awarded the NFL's 29th franchise. Richardson and his wife, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson, have two sons, Jon and Mark, and a daughter, Ashley Richardson Allen, of Charlotte. The Richardsons have nine grandchildren and live in Charlotte. Jerry is an active owner of the team, however he leaves most day-to-day decisions regarding personnel and game strategy to his front office staff and coaches.
Jerry had never missed a Carolina home game until he was hospitalized before a Monday Night Football game against division rivals Tampa Bay, on December 8, 2008. He had a history of heart trouble and had undergone quadruple bypass surgery in 2002. He received a new heart on February 1, 2009 and his doctors report that he is recovering well from the transplant. He supports his team in good and bad times, wins and losses. He nickname "Big Cat", was giving to him because of his connection with the team. Richardson's diverse career includes being the first to open a Hardee's franchise in 1961 under Spartan Foods, as well as CEO of Flagstar, controlling 2,500 restaurants and 100,000 employees. He retired in 1995.