Have you ever dreamed of being able to own a professional sports team in the United States of America? You had better do well in previous business endeavors for decades ahead of time. Each of the 20 richest sports team owners in America for 2015 has, according to the updated Forbes numbers, a net worth of at least $3.3 billion. Steve Ballmer, once again listed by Forbes as the richest sports team owner for America, reportedly bid around $2 billion in order to acquire National Basketball Association franchise the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer was considered to be a hero of the Clippers, as he took control of the team from a man who truly had no business owning an NBA team.
The National Football League is far and away the top sports league in America, and that is represented throughout the list of the country's richest sports team owners. Some familiar names, such as Bob Kraft, Robert McNair, and, of course, Jerry Jones, are featured in the list. None of those owners have a net worth equal to that held by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft who is involved with multiple sports franchises. One of his teams would likely be a two-time reigning and defending champion had the coach who is employed by Allen made a different decision at a crucial point of a title game.
Of all of the people who are among the top 20 richest sports team owners in America for 2015, none may be more controversial than Stanley Kroenke as of October 2015. Kroenke, who has multiple teams in his portfolio, could be just a few months away from relocating one of those franchises from its current city. The NFL has (allegedly) been searching for at least one team to build in or move to Los Angeles, and Kroenke could have the solution to the issue in his St. Louis Rams. Kroenke may, however, find that moving the Rams is going to be more difficult than he first thought.
20 T19. Robert McNair - Net Worth: $3.3 Billion
19 T19. Tom Gores - Net Worth: $ 3.3 Billion
18 Joan Tisch - Net Worth: $3.4 Billion
17 Dan Gilbert - Net Worth: $3.8 Billion
16 T15. Jeremy Jacobs - Net Worth: $4 Billion
15 T15. Terry Pegula - Net Worth: $4 Billion
14 Charles Dolan - Net Worth: $4.7 Billion
13 Robert Kraft - Net Worth: $4.8 Billion
12 Jerry Jones - Net Worth: $5 Billion
11 Charles Johnson - Net Worth: $5.3 Billion
10 Michael & Marian Ilitch - Net Worth: $5.4 Billion
9 Ted Lerner - Net Worth: $5.5 Billion
8 T7. Shahid Kahn - Net Worth: $5.6 Billion
7 T7. Richard DeVos - Net Worth: $5.6 Billion
6 Stephen Ross - Net Worth: $6.7 Billion
Ryan Yousefi of the Miami New Times had high praise for the owner of the Miami Dolphins in a piece that was published in September of 2015:
It's been more than a half-decade since Stephen Ross purchased the Miami Dolphins from Wayne Huizenga, and it seems as if slowly but steadily, Ross has finally turned around the franchise. Heading into the 2015 season, everything feels very new-car-smell around the team, and it all comes directly from Ross' hard work.
5 Stanley Kroenke - Net Worth: $7.6 Billion
4 Micky Arison - Net Worth: $7.7 Billion
3 Philip Anschutz - Net Worth: $10.9 Billion
2 Paul Allen - Net Worth: $17.8 Billion
1 Steve Ballmer - Net Worth: $21.6 Billion
The scandal involving then-owner of NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling opened up an opportunity for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy that franchise. That is what happened in 2014, and Ballmer has served as the owner of the Clippers since August of that year. With the Forbes lists being released each September, Ballmer is the richest sports team owner in America for the second straight year. The Clippers shall reign as the current kings of LA basketball until the Lakers rebuild the team's roster, and thus one should expect to see Balmer keep his spot atop of these lists for years to come.
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