Being a professional athlete is generally a very lucrative endeavor. In truth, even mid-tier pros in most sports are millionaires several times over. That being said, when it comes to wealth in sports, it’s the owners who are truly raking in the dough.
While top jocks are bringing in millions, the men and women who own the teams they play for are often billionaires. To get a feel for just how much these owners are worth, we are going to take a look at the ten wealthiest in the National Football League, based on number provided by CBS News.
10 Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts ($2.7 Billion)
The NFL’s tenth wealthiest owner is the man behind the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay. Irsay was born in Lincolnwood, Illinois and is from a wealthy family. In fact, it was his father, Robert Irsay, who originally purchased the team in 1972 – Jim was just 12 years of age at the time. Following his father’s death in 1997, Jim Isray was involved in legal battle with his stepmother for control of the team, which he ultimately won. He was just 37 when he took control of the team, thus making the youngest owner in the league at the time.
These days, the 60-year-old is team’s current CEO and worth around $2.7 billion.
9 Jimmy Haslam, Cleveland Browns ($3.5 Billion)
Given that the Cleveland Browns haven’t exactly been a powerhouse organization in recent years, one might be surprised to see their owner Jimmy Haslam on our list. However, as with many sports owners, his wealth comes from several different sources. Outside of the Browns, Haslam co-owns another pro sports team, the Columbus Crew SC – a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. The Knoxville, Tennesee native is also the CEO for Pilot Flying, which is a truck stop chain that he also owns a significant portion of.
These many endeavors have made the 65-year-old a very wealthy man with a net worth of $3.5 billion.
8 Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons ($4.2 Billion)
Atlanta Falcons owner Artur Blank originally hails from Sunnyside, New York. Like Jimmy Haslam, he also owns a Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Atlanta United. While Blank is clearly a very successful owner, he was already a very wealthy businessman well before he got involved in professional sports. The 77-year-old earned a great deal of his money be co-founding Home Depot back in 1978. As most folks already know, Home Depot is the largest home improvement chain in the US.
Blank has many different sources of income, and there are several estimates regarding his net worth that range from $4.2 billion to $5.4 billion.
7 Steve Bisciotti, Baltimore Ravens ($4.2 Billion)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Steve J. Bisciotti, is the majority owner of the Baltimore Ravens. The 59-year-old entrepreneur has also helped start some very successful company’s over the years. In 1983 he started Allegis Group (formerly known as Aerotek), which is talent management firm that had $11.2 billion in revenue as of 2016. Organizations like TEKsystems and Market Sources are all part of Allegis Group. He’s owned the Raven’s since 2000 and was the man in charge when the team won Super Bowl XLVII, back in 2013.
As of 2005, Steve Bisciotti was the 378th richest man in the United States. He has roughly $4.2 billion in total assets.
6 Terry Pegula, Buffalo Bills ($4.3 Billion)
Terry Pegula has owned the Buffalo Bills since 2014. His wife, Kim Pegula, also owns a significant portion of the franchise. The Carbondale, Pennsylvania product created Pegula Sport and Entertainment. In addition to the Bills, the group has full ownership of the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres. The organization has other lesser-known sports teams under its banner, including the Buffalo Beauts (a women's hockey team) and Rochester Knighthawks, a National Lacrosse League team that was purchased in 2018.
Thanks in no small part to his sports empire, the 68-year-old has made a fortune. His net worth is listed at $4.3 billion.
5 Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys ($5.6 Billion)
The Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones is arguably the most recognized owner in the National Football League. Unlike other owners, the Los Angles, California native is the face of his franchise in many ways. He is a former college football player for the University of Arkansas who has owned the Cowboys since 1989.
Prior to purchasing an NFL franchise, Jones made his fortune in the oil and gas business. Under his guidance, the team captured 3 Super Bowl Championships in the 1990s. However, the team hasn’t played in the big game since Super Bowl XXX in 1996. Jerry Jones is worth an estimated $5.6 billion.
4 Robert Kraft, New England Patriots ($6.2 Billion)
With the exception of Jerry Jones, no owner receives as much media attention as the New England Patriot’s Robert Kraft. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, like most owners, Kraft was as successful businessman before entering the world of professional sports. He made his money in both the packaging and paper companies and owns organizations in both that help make up the Kraft Group. The 78-year-old also owns Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. Since purchasing the team outright in 1994, the Pats have gone on to become the most successful organization in all of pro sports, having captured 10 AFC Championships and 6 Lombardi Trophies.
Robert Kraft has a net worth of $6.2 billion.
3 Shahid Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7.4 Billion)
Shahid Khan was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thanks to his many successful business ventures, he is the wealthiest individual of Pakistani origin in the world. While he is best known for owning the Jaguars and Fulham F.C. (a soccer team), the 69-year-old made his initial fortune in the automotive manufacturing industry. Moreover, he is also the lead investor in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), an upstart pro wrestling promotion that recently made their cable television debut on TNT.
These days, Khan’s empire is growing, and it’s certainly reflected in his net worth, which is said be roughly $7.4 billion.
2 Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins ($7.6 Billion)
The Miami Dolphins are off to a rough 0-6 start and are looking like the NFL’s worst team this season. However, financially speaking, their owner Stephen M. Ross is still doing quite well. The New York City product owns The Related Company. The Related Company is responsible for creating famous structures like the Time Warner Center and the Hudson Yards Redevolpment Project. Even before purchasing the Dolphins, and their home field Hard Rock Stadium, Ross was already worth around $4.4 billion.
As owner of the Miami-based NFL team his net worth has increased substantially. The 79-year-old has an impressive $7.6 billion in assets.
1 Stan Kroenke, Los Angeles Rams ($8.1 Billion)
Columbia, Missouri’s Stan Kroenke, is perhaps best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Rams NFL Franchise. However, through his company Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the 72-year-old owns several professional sports teams. The NBA’s Denver Nuggets, The NHL’s Colorado Rapids, and Major League Soccer’s Colorado Mammoth are just a few of the teams the billionaire owns. After marrying Walmart Heiress Ann Walton, Stan Kroenke started a real estate development company and began to earn his own fortune. He also made some cash in both the wine and ranching industries.
With a net worth of $8.1 billion, Stan Kroenke is the richest individual on our list.