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Here Are The Richest Professional Sports Team Owners in America, 2021

With a $74.1 billion net worth, Steve Ballmer is the richest professional sports team owner in America, followed by Paul Allen (No. 2, $20.3 billion), David Tepper (No. 3, $12 billion); and Philip Anschutz (No. 4, $11 billion). The high-wattage former Microsoft CEO Ballmer joined the richest professional sports team owners club in 2014 when he paid $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers. America’s top 10 richest professional sports team owners are collectively worth an estimated $167.4 billion, which is greater than the individual GDPs of Kuwait, Morocco, and Qatar, according to a recent CEOWORLD magazine report.

Joseph Tsai of the Brooklyn Nets is the fifth-richest professional sports team owner in America, with $10.5 billion. Shahid Kahn ranked 6th with a personal wealth of $9 billion, followed by Jerry Jones with $8.5 billion. Stephen Ross is placed 8th with a net worth of $7.7 billion. Multi-team owner Stanley Kroenke occupied the 9th position on the top 10 richest professional sports team owners in America list, followed by Charles Johnson (No. 10, $6.7 billion).

  1. Steve Ballmer — Los Angeles Clippers
    Net worth: $74.1 billion
    Team value: $2.6 billion
    Team purchase price: $2 billion
    Year purchased: 2014
  2. Paul Allen Estate/Trust — Portland Trailblazers/Seattle Seahawks
    Net worth: $20.3 billion
    Team value: $1.9 billion (Trailblazers)/$2.8 billion (Seahawks)
    Team purchase price: $70 million (Trailblazers)/$194 million (Seahawks)
    Year purchased: 1988 (Trailblazers)/1997 (Seahawks)
  3. David Tepper — Carolina Panthers
    Net worth: $12 billion
    Team value: $2.4 billion
    Team purchase price: $2.3 billion
    Year purchased: 2018
  4. Philip Anschutz — Los Angeles Lakers
    Net worth: $11 billion
    Team value: $4.4 billion
    Team purchase price: $268 million
    Year purchased: 1998
  5. Joseph Tsai — Brooklyn Nets
    Net worth: $10.5 billion
    Team value: $2.5 billion
    Team purchase price: $3.3 billion
    Year purchased: 2019

  6. Shahid Khan — Jacksonville Jaguars
    Net worth: $9 billion
    Team value: $2.3 billion
    Team purchase price: $770 million
    Year purchased: 2011

  7. Jerry Jones — Dallas Cowboys
    Net worth: $8.5 billion
    Team value: $5.5 billion
    Team purchase price: $150 million
    Year purchased: 1989
  8. Stephen Ross — Miami Dolphins
    Net worth: $7.7 billion
    Team value: $2.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $1.1 billion
    Year purchased: 2008
  9. Stanley Kroenke — Denver Nuggets/Los Angeles Rams
    Net worth: $7.6 billion
    Team value: $1.6 billion (Nuggets)/$3.8 billion (Rams)
    Team purchase price: $202 million (Nuggets)/$750 million (Rams)
    Year purchased: 2000/2010
  10. Charles Johnson — San Francisco Giants
    Net worth: $6.7 billion
    Team value: $3.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $100 million
    Year purchased: 1993
  11. Robert Kraft — New England Patriots
    Net worth: $6.2 billion
    Team value: $4.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $172 million
    Year purchased: 1994
  12. Micky Arison — Miami Heat
    Net worth: $6.2 billion
    Team value: $2 billion
    Team purchase price: $32.5 million
    Year purchased: 1988
  13. Lerner Family — Washington Nationals
    Net worth: $5.5 billion
    Team value: $1.9 billion
    Team purchase price: $450 million
    Year purchased: 2006
  14. DeVos Family — Orlando Magic
    Net worth: $5.4 billion
    Team value: $1.4 billion
    Team purchase price: $85 million
    Year purchased: 1991
  15. Tilman Fertitta — Houston Rockets
    Net worth: $4.7 billion
    Team value: $2.5 billion
    Team purchase price: $2.2 billion
    Year purchased: 2017
  16. Terry & Kim Pegula — Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills 
    Net worth: $4.6 billion
    Team value: $1.9 billion
    Team purchase price: $1.4 billion
    Year purchased: 2014
  17. Glazer Family — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Net worth: $4.6 billion
    Team value: $2.2 billion
    Team purchase price: $192 million
    Year purchased: 1995
  18. Larry Dolan & Paul Dolan — Cleveland Indians
    Net worth: $4.6 billion
    Team value: $1.2 billion
    Team purchase price: $323 million
    Year purchased: 2000
  19. Mark Cuban — Dallas Mavericks
    Net worth: $4.5 billion
    Team value: $2.4 billion
    Team purchase price: $280 million
    Year purchased: 2000

  20. Dan Gilbert — Cleveland Cavaliers
    Net worth: $4.2 billion
    Team value: $1.5 billion
    Team purchase price: $375 million
    Year purchased: 2005
  21. Janice McNair — Houston Texans
    Net worth: $4 billion
    Team value: $3.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $600 million
    Year purchased: 1999
  22. Ilitch Family — Detroit Tigers
    Net worth: $4 billion
    Team value: $1.3 billion
    Team purchase price: $82 million
    Year purchased: 1992
  23. Dee & Jimmy Haslam — Cleveland Browns
    Net worth: $4 billion
    Team value: $2.2 billion
    Team purchase price: $987 million
    Year purchased: 2012
  24. William DeWitt Jr. — St. Louis Cardinals
    Net worth: $4 billion
    Team value: $2.2 billion
    Team purchase price: $150 million
    Year purchased: 1996
  25. Arthur Blank — Atlanta Falcons
    Net worth: $4 billion
    Team value: $2.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $545 million
    Year purchased: 2002
  26. Stephen Bisciotti — Baltimore Ravens
    Net worth: $4 billion
    Team value: $2.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $600 million
    Year purchased: 2004
  27. David Blitzer — Philadelphia 76ers
    Net worth: $1 billion
    Team value: $2 billion
    Team purchase price: $287 million
    Year purchased: 2011
  28. Wes Edens — Milwaukee Bucks
    Net worth: $1 billion
    Team value: $1.6 billion
    Team purchase price: $550 million
    Year purchased: 2014
  29. Ted Leonsis — Washington Wizards
    Net worth: $1 billion
    Team value: $1.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $551 million
    Year purchased: 2010
  30. Dean Spanos — Los Angeles Chargers
    Net worth: $1 billion
    Team value: $2.5 billion
    Team purchase price: $72 million
    Year purchased: 1984
  31. Michael Brown — Cincinnati Bengals
    Net worth: $925 million
    Team value: $2 billion
    Team purchase price: $7.5 million
    Year purchased: 1967
  32. Martha Firestone Ford — Detroit Lions
    Net worth: $800 million
    Team value: $2 billion
    Team purchase price: $4.5 million
    Year purchased: 1964
  33. Peter Guber — Golden State Warriors
    Net worth: $800 million
    Team value: $4.3 billion
    Team purchase price: $450 million
    Year purchased: 2010
  34. Stuart Sternberg — Tampa Bay Rays
    Net worth: $800 million
    Team value: $1.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $200 million
    Year purchased: 2004
  35. Mark Attanasio — Milwaukee Brewers
    Net worth: $700 million
    Team value: $1.2 billion
    Team purchase price: $223 million
    Year purchased: 2005
  36. Richard & Charles Monfort — Colorado Rockies
    Net worth: $700 million
    Team value: $1.3 billion
    Team purchase price: $95 million
    Year purchased: 1992
  37. Vivek Ranadive — Sacramento Kings
    Net worth: $700 million
    Team value: $1.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $534 million
    Year purchased: 2013
  38. Jerry Buss Family Trusts — Los Angeles Lakers
    Net worth: $600 million
    Team value: $4.4 billion
    Team purchase price: $20 million
    Year purchased: 1979
  39. Ken Kendrick — Arizona Diamondbacks
    Net worth: $600 million
    Team value: $1.3 billion
    Team purchase price: $238 million
    Year purchased: 2004
  40. Ron Fowler — San Diego Padres
    Net worth: $500 million
    Team value: $1.5 billion
    Team purchase price: $600 million
    Year purchased: 2012
  41. John Mara — New York Giants
    Net worth: $500 million
    Team value: $3.9 billion
    Team purchase price: $500 million
    Year purchased: 1925
  42. Aubrey McClendon Estate — Oklahoma City Thunder
    Net worth: $500 million
    Team value: $1.6 billion
    Team purchase price: $325 million
    Year purchased: 2006
  43. Daniel Rooney Trust & Arthur Rooney II — Pittsburgh Steelers
    Net worth: $500 million
    Team value: $2.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $2,500
    Year purchased: 1933
  44. Bruce Sherman — Miami Marlins
    Net worth: $500 million
    Team value: $1 billion
    Team purchase price: $1.2 billion
    Year purchased: 2017
  45. Fred & Jeff Wilpon — New York Mets
    Net worth: $500 million
    Team value: $2.4 billion
    Team purchase price: $391 million
    Year purchased: 2002
  46. Stephen Pagliuca — Boston Celtics
    Net worth: $450 million
    Team value: $3.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $360 million
    Year purchased: 2002
  47. Clayton Bennett — Oklahoma City Thunder
    Net worth: $400 million
    Team value: $1.6 billion
    Team purchase price: $325 million
    Year purchased: 2006
  48. Robert Castellini — Cincinnati Reds
    Net worth: $400 million
    Team value: $1.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $270 million
    Year purchased: 2006
  49. Wycliffe Grousbeck — Boston Celtics
    Net worth: $400 million
    Team value: $3.1 billion
    Team purchase price: $360 million
    Year purchased: 2002
  50. Robert Sarver — Phoenix Suns
    Net worth: $400 million
    Team value: $1.6 billion
    Team purchase price: $404 million
    Year purchased: 2004
  51. Mark Davis — Oakland Raiders
    Net worth: $250 million
    Team value: $2.9 billion
    Team purchase price: $180,000
    Year purchased: 1966
  52. Holt Family — San Antonio Spurs
    Net worth: $200 million
    Team value: $1.8 billion
    Team purchase price: $76 million
    Year purchased: 1996

Detailed findings & methodology: CEOWORLD magazine put together a panel of experts to go over data points culled from virtually every reputable wealth tracking media outlet including Bloomberg, The Richest, Money Inc, Cheat Sheet, GOBankingRates, Celebritynetworth, Wealthygorilla, Forbes, and more. Based on a consensus from these sources, the final decision for ranking was judged editorially. All data is for the most recent period available. Some were not included in the official statistics for various reasons, primarily due to the lack of necessary data. Just remember, these values and fluctuations are estimations based on a host of variables and publicly available documents. The margin of sampling error for the full data sample is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results. All figures in US dollars.

Anna Papadopoulos
Vice President & Executive Editor. Anna Papadopoulos is the Vice President and Executive Editor of the CEOWORLD magazine. In that role she resumes responsibility for the CEOWORLD magazine newsroom, setting daily news priorities, and directing all of CEOWORLD magazine's news-gathering teams. Previously, Anna was the senior supervising editor of CEOWORLD magazine's International Desk. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or connect on LinkedIn. Email her at AP@ceoworld.biz
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