Top 10 NFL Football Billionaires 2011

Some of them made it outside the teams, while others made most of their fortunes through their teams. These 10 NFL owners are all worth $1 billion or more.

1.Paul Allen

Seattle Seahawks

Net worth: $12.7 billion
Team net worth: $994 million

The Microsoft cofounder also owns the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. With a net worth equal to 39% of the entire NFL, Allen is just a Microsoft stock rally away from being able to buy up the whole league, if only the rules allowed.

2.Stephen Ross

Miami Dolphins

Net worth: $3.1 billion
Team net worth: $1 billion

The real estate mogul owns 95% of both the Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Minority owner H. Wayne Huizenga, who sold most of his stake to Ross in 2008 and 2009, is worth $1.2 billion.

2.Stan Kroenke

St. Louis Rams

Net worth: $2.7 billion
Team net worth: $779 million

A real estate developer who’s married into the Walton fortune, Kroenke has been a major sports mogul since the 1990s, with ownership stakes in the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Arsenal FC, among other properties. He took full control of the Rams in August.

3.Malcolm Glazer

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Net worth: $2.6 billion
Team net worth: $1.1 billion

The 82-year-old Glazer made his fortune in an array of industries, including food, health care and oil & gas. The Bucs, bought by Glazer in 1995, rank as the NFL’s eighth most valuable franchise thanks to state-of-the-art Raymond James Stadium, opened in 1998.

4.Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys

Net worth: $2 billion
Team net worth: $1.7 billion

The former University of Arkansas football star stepped in to rejuvenate the Cowboys’ fading brand in 1989. Under his ownership, Dallas boasts three Super Bowl titles and a new super-modern stadium, making them the most valuable sports property in the U.S.

5.Robert Kraft

New England Patriots

Net worth: $1.5 billion
Team net worth: $1.4 billion

Once one of the NFL’s blander franchises, the Pats now rate as the league’s third most valuable. Kraft’s 16-year ownership run has yielded big success on the field under coaches Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, and the opening of state-of-the-art Gillette Stadium in 2002.

6.James Irsay

Indianapolis Colts

Net worth: $1.4 billion
Team net worth: $1 billion

The son of late Colts owner Robert Irsay, James now controls 100% of the franchise, making him a rare sports owner whose fortune is mostly tied up in his team.

7.Robert McNair

Houston Texans

Net worth: $1.4 billion
Team net worth: $1.2 billion

An energy industry entrepreneur who sold his company (Cogen Technologies) to Enron just before its collapse. He now controls about 70% of the Texans, who rank as the NFL’s sixth-most valuable franchise thanks to its $300 million stadium naming rights deal with Reliant, the richest in the NFL.

8.Stephen Bisciotti

Baltimore Ravens

Net worth: $1.3 billion
Team net worth: $1.1 billion

The Baltimore-area native founded staffing company Allegis in the early 1980s, making him rich enough to buy out his home town team from Art Modell in 2004.

9.Arthur Blank

Atlanta Falcons

Net worth: $1.2 billion
Team net worth: $831 million

The Home Depot cofounder bought the Falcons in 2002 for $545 million. Return on his NFL investment has been limited by the revenue-challenged Georgia Dome.

10.Kenneth “Bud” Adams

Tennessee Titans

Net worth: $1.15 billion
Team net worth: $1 billion

The 87-year-old oil man has owned the Titans since the club’s earliest days as the Houston Oilers. He’s credited with being one of the founding fathers of the American Football League, which debuted in 1960 and merged with the NFL in 1970.

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