The 20 Richest Sports Team Owners In The World

By on October 14, 2018 in ArticlesBillionaire News

It must be nice to be a billionaire. You could literally have anything you want. For several billionaires, that means a professional sports franchise. What would you buy? An NFL team? An NBA team? An NHL or MLB team? What about a major league soccer team? Overall, there are 62 billionaire team owners around the world with a collective net worth of about $375 billion. Some of them own more than one team. The 62 billionaire team owners own 78 teams. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns both the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz and Walton husband Stanley Kroenke own the most teams of all billionaire team owners. Mateschitz owns three and Kroenke owns four. There is only one woman on the list, Little Caesar's co-founder Marian Illitch, and she owns two professional teams.

From football to soccer to basketball and beyond, the following 20 billionaires are the richest major league sports team owners.

#20. Daniel Gilbert

Country: United States

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Source of wealth: Quicken Loans

Net worth: $3.6 billion

#19. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Country: Thailand

Team: Leicester City

Source of wealth: Duty-free

Net worth: $5 billion

#18. Jerry Jones

Country: United States

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Source of wealth: Oil and gas exploration

Net worth: $5.6 billion

#17. Joe Lewis

Country: United Kingdom

Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Source of wealth: Investments

Net worth: $5.7 billion

#16. (tie) Micky Arison

Country: United States

Team: Miami Heat

Source of wealth: Carnival Cruises

Net worth: $6.2 billion

#16. (tie) Robert Kraft

Country: United States

Teams: New England Patriots, New England Revolution

Source of wealth: The Kraft Group

Net worth: $6.2 billion

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#14. Marian Ilitch

Country: United States

Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers

Source of wealth: Little Caesars Pizza

Net worth: $6.6 billion

#13. Charles Johnson

Country: United States

Team: San Francisco Giants

Source of wealth: Money management

Net worth: $6.7 billion

#12. Richard DeVos & family

Country: United States

Team: Orlando Magic

Source of wealth: Amway

Net worth: $7.3 billion

#11. Shahid Khan

Country: United States

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Source of wealth: Auto parts

Net worth: $7.5 billion

#10. Stephen Ross

Country: United States

Team: Miami Dolphins

Source of wealth: Real estate

Net worth: $7.6 billion

#9. Stanley Kroenke

Country: United States

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche

Source of wealth: Sports and real estate

Net worth: $7.7 billion

#8. Roman Abramovich

Country: Russia

Team: Chelsea FC

Source of wealth: Steel and investments

Net worth: $10 billion

#7. Mikhail Prokhorov

Country: Russia

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Source of wealth: Investment

Net worth: $11 billion

#6. Hasso Plattner & family

Country: Germany

Team: San Jose Sharks

Source of wealth: Software

Net worth: $11.4 billion

#5. Dietrich Mateschitz

Country: Austria

Teams: New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Source of wealth: Red Bull

Net worth: $12 billion

#4. Philip Anschutz

Country: United States

Teams: Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy

Source of wealth: Investments

Net worth: $13 billion

#3. Paul Allen

Country: United States

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks

Source of wealth: Microsoft and investments

Net worth: $19 billion

#2. Steve Ballmer

Country: United States

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Source of wealth: Microsoft

Net worth: $28 billion

#1. Mukesh Ambani

Country: India

Team: Mumbai Indians

Source of wealth: Petrochemicals and oil/gas

Net worth: $47.7 billion

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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