According to Forbes, there are now 63 billionaires who own at least one team in a major sports league around the world. In todays society it is hard not to associate money with sport. It is becoming more and more frequent that wealthy billionaires are tending to invest in franchises across the globe.
With a combine net worth of over $175 billion, PledgeSports bring you the 10 Richest Sports Team Owners in the world today –
10. Stan Kroenke
Net worth – $7.4 B
Kroenke made his billions from real estate before investing his money into all kinds of sports. He is the owner of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Denver Nuggets of the NBA, Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. He is also the largest shareholder of Arsenal FC in England.
9. Mikhail Prokhorov
Net worth – $8.9 B
Mikhail made his fortune while he was running Norilsk Nickel. The company now is the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. With all the extra cash, He decided to invest to one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets. When you can afford it, why not.
8. Roman Ambramovich
Net worth – $9.1 B
Roman Ambramovich would be a familiar face to most football fans as well as list of richest sports team owners! He is the proud owner of Chelsea Football Club in London. He made his billions from oil and steel plants that have made him over 9 billion dollars. Unlike most owners, he attends every game and has clearly shown his passion for the club over the recent years with the sacking of managers and spending big on players.
7. Hasso Plattner
Net worth – $10.8 B
Hasso is the co-founder of SAP SE software company, he has been chairman of the supervisory board of SAP SE since May 2003. With a wealth of over $10 billion he is not too shy of a penny. So much so he is the majority stake holder of NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
5 =. Philip Anschutz
Net worth – $12.0 B
As the owner of the Los Angeles Kings, it’s fitting that Philip Anschutz is the wealthiest team owner in the National Hockey League. Anschutz bought out his father’s drilling company, Circle A Drilling, in 1961 and earned large returns in Wyoming. Before his sports investments, Philip invested in stocks, real estate and railroads. He is also the owner of LA Galaxy soccer team of the MLS.
5=. Stephen Ross
Net worth – $12.0 B
Ross is an American real estate developer, philanthropist and sports team owner. Ross is the chairman and majority owner of The Related Companies, a global real estate development firm he founded in 1972. He now owns 95% stake of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.
4. Dietrich Mateschitz
Net worth – $15.4 B
He is co-founder of the Red Bull energy drink company, and holds 49% of the company’s shares. Mateschitz has major shares in auto-racing and also soccer with Red Bull Salzburg and New York Redbulls. A man who may seem to have it all, he is number 4 on our list of the richest sports team owners in the world.
3. Paul Allen
Net worth – $20.9 B
While Paul Allen is most famously known for being a cofounder of Microsoft, his wealth also comes from his investments in multiple sports franchises. Allen owns the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks as well as the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. In mid 2017, he was estimated to be the 46th richest person in the world.
2. Steve Ballmer
Net worth – $38.6 B
Originally hired by Bill Gates in the 1980’s, Ballmer went on to be CEO of Microsoft in 2000. Over the last decade he has seen his shares in the company rise by over $2 billion which infact was what he bought the LA Clippers NBA team for in 2014. With over $38 billion at his disposal, Steve is number two on our list of the richest sports owners in the world.
1. Mukesh Ambani
Net worth – $40.1 B
Mukesh Ambani is richest sports team owner in the world as of 2018. Ambani is an Indian business magnate who is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited. On January 10,2018 India’s richest person Mukesh Ambani was ranked 20th in the list of wealthiest people in the Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. He owns the Indian Cricket Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians which he obtained in 2008.
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