The World’s Richest Sports Club Owners are well known among 2,100 billionaires today. They chose to put their money into sports teams while others splash their cash on luxurious houses and expensive private jets. Across the globe they have stakes in the biggest teams from the NBA to the English Premier League and from the NHL to the NFL. How they made their fortune plus more details about them is explained below.
- David Tepper:
David owned Carolina Panthers NFL and he’s aged 62 years with a net worth of $12 billion. He was recruited as a credit analyst by Goldman Sachs in 1985 and is among the richest club owners in the world. With a value of around $13 billion at the moment, he quit seven years later to start his own private hedge fund called Appaloosa Management. 2018 is the year he purchased the Panthers.
- Steve Ballmer:
Aged 64, he owned Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. With a net worth of $52.7 billion he is the former Microsoft CEO and among the world’s richest sport club owners. Before resigning eventually in 2014, he joined the company as its 30th ever employee in 1980. However, this was a move that Bill Gates was not happy with as Ballmer was the best man at his wedding.
- Roman Abramovich:
He is 53 years old and owned a team called Chelsea FC (EPL). With the Russian selling his 73% stake in Sifnet to oil giant Gazprom for $13 billion in 2005, he made most of his money in the oil and metals industry. He’s net worth is $11.3 billion and is also the owner of the world’s largest privately owned yacht, the 533 foot long Eclipse. He still owns stakes in steel giant Evraz and Norilsk Nickel today as the richest sport club owner.
- David Thomson:
Following the death of his father he became the chairman of information giant Thomson Reuters in 2006. He is 62 years old and owns Winnipeg Jets (NHL) as the richest club owner. Boasting a gallery featuring pieces from William Turner, Egon Schiele and Rembrandt among others, he is also a 62 year old noted art collector and his net worth is $31.6 billion.
- Phillip Anschutz:
Has a net worth of $11 billion and is 80 years old. In a wide variety of fields including oil, telecoms and real estate, he’s a master of all trades and has made his fortune. Los Angeles Galaxy MLS and Los Angeles Kings NHL are the teams he owned. Helping to found the MLS as well as owning stakes in both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Kings, he became a sports mogul in his later years as the richest club owner.
- Sheikh Mansour:
He owned teams including New York City MLS, Manchester City EPL and Melbourne City A-League. He is aged 49 years and the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. He is also a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi owning a number of soccer clubs around the world as the richest sports club owner. Sheikh Mansour owns stakes in Sky News Arabia and Virgin Galactic with a net worth of $30 billion.
- Stan Kroenke:
With $10 billion as his net worth, Stan co-owns a number of sports teams with his wife at the moment. The teams he owned include Arsenal FC (EPL), Denver Nuggets NBA, Los Angeles Rams NFL and Colorado Rapids MLS. He shortly founded a real estate development firm that built most of its properties near Walmart stores after marrying a Walmart heiress Ann Walton in 1974. When he bought his first franchise, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, he ventured into sports in the late 1990s and is among the richest club owners.
- Hasso Plattner:
He is aged 75 years old and has a net worth of $12.4 billion. He’s a club owner of San Jose Sharks NHL and a golf facility in South Africa called Fancourt. In 1972 he left IBM to co-found enterprise software company SAP SE, now recording an annual turnover of over $24 billion after it went on to become one of the biggest of its kind in the world. To provide free education in IT systems engineering and opening his own non profit institute, the German has used his money for good.
- Shahid Khan:
Owned a team called Jacksonville Jaguars NFL and has a net worth of $9.5 billion. Aged 69 years old, he made his fortune in the hospitality and automotive industries and was once dubbed “the face of the American dream” in 2012 by Forbes. He owns a professional wrestling organization All Elite Wrestling and the Jaguars, English soccer club Fulham as a sports tycoon. In 2018, he came close to buying England’s National Stadium, Wembley Stadium.
- Joseph Tsai:
Los Angeles FC MLS and Brooklyn Nets NBA are some of the teams owned and he is a 56 years old entrepreneur born in Taiwan. He’s among the richest club owners holding shares in MLS soccer side Los Angeles FC and in September 2019 bought the Brooklyn nets. Part of the group that formed multinational holding company in 1999, “Alibaba Group” was Tsai and after Jack Ma, it’s now the second largest individual shareholder.