Jerry Jones Net Worth
Jerry Jones net worth: Jerry Jones is an American CEO, entrepreneur, and owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones has a net worth of $8.5 billion. Jerry Jones earned his first fortune as an executive vice president of Modern Security Life of Springfield, in Missouri. He was also the founder and owner of Jones Oil and Land Lease, which searches for natural resources of oil and gas in Arkansas. Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 for $140 million. Today the team is worth at least $5.5 billion.
Early Life: Jerry Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1942 and spent his childhood in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended North Little Rock High School followed by the University of Arkansas on a football scholarship. During his time in college, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, a co-captain of the football team, and an all Southwest Conference offensive lineman. At Arkansas, Jones' teammate was Jimmy Johnson, whom Jones would later hire as his first head coach after he purchased the Cowboys.
Career: After graduating from college in 1965, Jones borrowed a million dollars from the Teamsters union (which was run by Jimmy Hoffa at the time) to open up a string of Shakey's Pizza Parlor restaurants in Missouri. When that venture failed, Jones was given a job at his father's insurance company Modern Security Life of Springfield in Missouri. The position he held was executive vice president. Jones attempted to start a number of businesses in the late 60s, including an attempt to buy the San Diego Chargers, again using Teamsters money.
Eventually, he went back to Arkansas to get his Master's degree in Business and graduated in 1970. Jones launched Jones Oil and Land Lease, a privately held company that does natural resource prospecting. He spent the next two decades making money and plotting his return to football.
In 2008, Jones formed a partnership with Yankee Global Enterprises to create Legends Hospitality, a food, beverage, merchandise, retail and stadium operations company serving entertainment venues
Cowboys Ownership: Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys on February 29, 1989, for $140 million. That's the same as around $300 million today after adjusting for inflation. Soon after the purchase he fired Tom Landry, the only coach in the team's history, and hired his old Arkansas teammate Jimmy Johnson. He also fired general manager Tex Schramm and took over complete control of football matters himself. The first season under Jones' ownership, the Cowboys finished 1-15. Jones and Johnson turned the team around quickly and the next season the team went 7-9. In 1991, the Cowboys went 11-5 and made the playoffs, but lost in the second round. In the 1992-93 season, the Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII. The following year they defeated the Bills again to win Super Bowl XXVIII.
Jones' and Johnson's relationship began to fall apart in 1993 over a power struggle. Then, in March 1994, after the Cowboys had won their second Super Bowl under Johnson, Jones upset Johnson when he told reporters that any coach could have led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl. They agreed to part ways on March 28, 1994, after the Cowboys had won their second straight Super Bowl, with Johnson getting a $2 million bonus.
Johnson was replaced by another University of Arkansas alum, Barry Switzer, who won Super Bowl XXX in the 1995 season for Jones and the Cowboys. Notable members on the team included Johnson holdovers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Super Bowl XXX MVP Larry Brown. Johnson still received a significant amount of credit for that third Super Bowl victory, as 70% of the starting line-up were from Johnson's years. The Cowboys have not won a Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXX.
During Jones' ownership, the Cowboys' value has appreciated from $140 million to about $5.5 billion, making Jones a multi-billionaire in the process. Jones has been credited with much of the success of the NFL overall since 1989. For instance, he personally championed the then-fledgling network Fox becoming the NFC's primary broadcast network at a time when ABC, CBS, and NBC were trying to convince the NFL to take less revenue for television rights. The move to Fox significantly increased television revenues and ultimately turned the NFL into the world's richest sports league with revenues of more than $10 billion each season.
Jones is one of two owners in the league (the other is Cincinnati's Mike Brown) who have either the title or powers of general manager.
Jones is the subject of the 2008 book Playing to Win by David Magee. In the book, Jones admitted he handled the firing of Landry poorly and accepted some blame for the disintegration of his relationship with Jimmy Johnson. To this day, Johnson is not included in the Dallas Cowboys "Ring of Honor." In 2014, he was asked why Johnson was not in the Ring of Honor despite his two Super Bowl victories as coach of the Cowboys. Jones said: "Disloyalty … I couldn't handle the disloyalty."
Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Personal Life: While in college, he met his wife Gene, a one time a beauty pageant winner. They have three children, Stephen, Jerry Jr., and Charlotte. They also have nine grandchildren. Their son, Stephen, graduated from the University of Arkansas and holds the position of COO, executive vice president, and director of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. Their daughter, Charlotte, is a graduate of Stanford and also holds a position with the Cowboys, as vice president and director of charities and special events. Their youngest, Jerry Jr., attended Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University, where he earned his degree in law. Jerry Jr. is the chief sales and marketing officer, as well as vice president of the Cowboys.
Real Estate: Jerry Jones and his wife own an enormous home in the Highland Park area of Dallas, worth around $20 million. Jones also heads up the real estate development firm Blue Star Land. In 2018, the company paid $38 million for a 200-acre site to be developed into a development called Star Business Park. In 2019, the company picked up another 60 acres nearby. Blue Star wants to create a 400,000 square foot merchandising distribution and sales center for the Cowboys on part of the property.
|Net Worth:||$8.5 Billion|
|Date of Birth:||Oct 13, 1942 (77 years old)|
|Profession:||American football player, Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|