Sports team owners highlight Forbes list

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange
September 16, 2013


Forbes published its Richest 400 Americans list Monday, which includes owners of 31 professional sports teams.
The richest sports-team owner is Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks. Allen is listed as 26th overall and worth $15.8 billion.
There are 14 NFL owners in the top 400, more than any other sport. After Allen, the list of NFL owners on the list includes Stan Kroenke (St. Louis Rams, $5.3 billion), Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins, $4.8 billion), Malcolm Glazer (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $4.5 billion), Shahid Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars, $3.8 billion), Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys, $3 billion), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots $2.9 billion), Stephen Bisciotti (Baltimore Ravens $2.1 billion), Bob McNair (Houston Texans, $2 billion), Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons, $1.7 billion), Jim Irsay (Indianapolis Colts, $1.6 billion), Jimmy Haslam (Cleveland Browns, $1.45 billion), William Ford Sr. (Detroit Lions, $1.4 Billion) and Tom Benson (New Orleans Saints, $1.3 billion).
Eleven NBA owners appear on the list. The richest is Orlando Magic owner Rich Devos, who is 60th and worth $6.8 billion. The others are Kroenke (Denver Nuggets), Micky Arison (Miami Heat, $5.9 billion), Charles Dolan (New York Knicks, $3.3 billion), Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks $2.5 billion), Tom Gores (Detroit Pistons, $2.7 billion), Josh Harris (Philadelphia Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (Memphis Grizzlies, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (Indiana Pacers, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (Los Angeles Clippers, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (Minnesota Timberwolves, $1.7 billion) and Tom Benson (Pelicans).
Three NHL owners are listed: Kroenke (Colorado Avalanche), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins, $2.8 billion) and Tom Golisano (Buffalo Sabres, $1.9 billion).
Only two Major League Baseball owners are listed: Ted Lerner (Washington Nationals, $4 billion) and John Henry (Boston Red Sox, $1.7 billion).
The richest person involved in the sports world is Nike chairman Phil Knight at No. 24 and worth $16.3 billion. The richest American on Forbes' list is Bill Gates at $72 billion. He topped the list for the 20th straight year.
Others of note include: Rupert Murdoch ($13.4 billion), chairman and CEO of News Corp and 21st Century Fox; Michael Rubin ($2.3 billion), owner of Fanatics, one of largest online sports retailers in the U.S.; James France ($2 billion), vice chairman and executive vice president of NASCAR; and Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank ($1.7 billion) and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta ($1.3 billion, each), who co-own the UFC.