The 20 Richest Pro Sports Team Owners In The World Right Now

By on November 2, 2019 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Being a billionaire must be great. There is no stress about paying rent (or, in their cases, mortgages), booking flights (or in their case chartering jets or firing up their private jets), or paying the bills. I mean the stress that would remove is truly invaluable. But that is where billionaires are different from us. They don't really have to make choices – summer in the Mediterranean and buy a new house on the water in Hawaii? No problem. Buy a Porsche and a football team? Not an issue. In fact, owning professional sports franchises is a luxury that is exclusive to the billionaires club. The top 20 richest owners of major league sports teams have a combined net worth of nearly $183 billion.

For some billionaire team owners, one isn't enough. L.A. Rams owner Stanley Kroenke, the real estate mogul married to a Walmart heiress owns five teams in four different sports in the U.S. and U.K. Buffalo Bills owner Terrence Pegula also owns the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. Charles Dolan and his heirs own the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers. Arthur Blank owns both Atlanta's NFL and MLS franchises. Robert Kraft owns the NFL and MLS franchises for Boston. Philip Anschutz owns the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the MLS's L.A. Galaxy.

From football to basketball to hockey and beyond, let's take a look at the 20 richest owners of major sports league teams.

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#20. Robert Pera

Team: Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Net worth: $2.1 billion

Source of wealth: Wireless broadband systems, self-made

#19. Tom Gores

Team: Detroit Pistons (NBA)

Net worth: $2.9 billion

Source of wealth: Private equity, self-made

#18. Tilman Fertitta

Team: Houston Rockets (NBA)

Net worth: $3.1 billion

Source of wealth: Entertainment, self-made

#17. Henry Samueli

Team: Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

Net worth: $3.8 billion

Source of wealth: Semiconductors, self-made

#14. (tie). Stephen Bisciotti

Team: Baltimore Ravens (NFL)

Net worth: $4 billion

Source of wealth: Staffing, self-made

#14. (tie) Charles Dolan and family

Team: New York Knicks (NBA), New York Rangers (NHL)

Net worth; $4 billion

Source of wealth: Cable television, self-made

#14. Arthur Blank

Team: Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Atlanta United FC (MLS)

Net worth: $4 billion

Source of wealth: Home Depot, self-made

#13. Daniel Gilbert

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)

Net worth: $4.2 billion

Source of wealth: Quicken Loans, self-made

#12. Terrence Pegula

Team: Buffalo Bills (NFL), Buffalo Sabres (NHL)

Net worth: $4.6 billion

Source of wealth: Natural gas, self-made

#11. Ted Lerner and family

Team: Washington Nationals (MLB)

Net worth: $5.5 billion

Source of wealth: Real estate, self-made

#10. Jerry Jones

Team: Dallas Cowboys (NFL)

Net worth: $5.6 billion

Source of wealth: Oil, Dallas Cowboys, self-made

#8. (tie) Robert Kraft

Net worth: $6.2 billion

Teams: New England Patriots (NFL), New England Revolution (MLS)

Source of wealth: The Kraft Group, self-made

#8. (tie) Micky Arison, United States

Team: Miami Heat (NBA)

Net worth: $6.2 billion

Source of wealth: Carnival Cruises

#7. Charles Johnson

Team: San Francisco Giants (MLB)

Net worth: $6.7 billion

Source of wealth: Money management

#6. Shahid Khan

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)

Net worth: $7.5 billion

Source of wealth: Auto parts, self-made

#4. (tie) Stephen Ross, United States

Team: Miami Dolphins (NFL)

Net worth: $7.7 billion

Source of wealth: Real estate, self-made

#4. (tie) Stanley Kroenke

Team: Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Arsenal (Premier League)

Net worth: $7.7 billion

Source of wealth: Real estate, sports, self-made

#3. Philip Anschutz

Teams: Los Angeles Kings (NHL), LA Galaxy (MLS)

Net worth: $11 billion

Source of wealth: Investments

#2. David Tepper

Team: Carolina Panthers (NFL)

Net worth: $12 billion

Source of wealth: Hedge funds, self-made

#1. Steve Ballmer

Team: Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)

Net worth: $45 billion

Source of wealth: Microsoft, self-made

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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