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Reebok Int'l named JOHN WARDLEY as Dir of Worldwide Advertising. Wardley was the Senior Ad Dir at the Coca-Cola Co. (AD AGE, 9/29)....CO-based Chartwell Int'l named J. WILLIAM GRIMES Chair of its subsidiary, SportsStar Marketing. Grimes was President & CEO of ESPN from '82-88. SportsStar also named SPENCER HAYWOOD as spokesperson. He will support its efforts to obtain scholarships and financial aid to high school students for higher education (Chartwell)....Fox Sports Net announced that WILLIAM CRAIG resigned from his position of VP/GM of Fox Sports Pittsburgh to pursue other interests. Fox Sports South GM HUNTER NICKELL will serve as interim GM of Fox Sports Pitt (FSN).
ANDRE AGASSI was on "The Tonight Show" last night. Agassi, on whether he would do TV commentary: "I'd love to see the sport have better commentary but I'm not sure how I would enjoy actually doing it" ("Tonight Show" NBC, 9/29). ....Corel WTA Tour CEO ANNE PERSON WORCESTER and her husband TOM WORCESTER announced the birth of their second child, VICTORIA KARENE WORCESTER (THE DAILY)....Panthers QB KERRY COLLINS is joining team President MARK RICHARDSON in opening a martini bar in Charlotte (Charl. BUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/29).
The FORBES 400 calculates the personal wealth of America's top business leaders. Below are the members of the list with an interest in sports (FORBES, 10/13 issue).NAME
BUSINESSWEALTH SPORTS INTEREST Bill Gates Microsoft$39.8B Multiple Paul Allen Microsoft$17.0B Blazers, Seahawks, Starwave John Kluge Multimeida$7.8B MLS MetroStars Alice Walton Wal-Mart$6.3B Llama Sports Phil Knight Nike CEO$5.4B Nike Philip Anschutz Oil/Railroads$5.2B NHL Kings, MLS Rapids Newhouse Bros. Publishing$4.5B Conde Nast Sports Rupert Murdoch News Corp.$3.9B Fox Sports, Dodgers Kirk Kerkorian Investments$3.7B MGM Grand Ted Turner Time Warner$3.5B TBS, Braves, Hawks Micky Arison Carnival Cruise$2.7B Heat Richard DeVos Amway Corp.$2.4B RDV Sports Lester Crown Conglomerate$2.5B Yankees, Bulls Robert Tisch Loews Corp.$2.4B NFL Giants John McCaw Telephony$2.0B Orca Bay, Mariners William Davidson Guardian Indus.$1.5B Pistons Wayne Huizenga Entrepreneur$1.7B Dolphins, Marlins, NHL Panthers Hearst Family Inheritance$1.4B ESPN interest William Clay Ford Ford Motor Co.$1.4B Lions Amos Hostetter Cable TV$1.3B The Golf Channel Carl Pohlad Banking$1.3B Twins Henry Kravis KKR Buyout$1.2B Spalding Sports George Roberts KKR Buyout$1.2B Spalding Sports Patrick Ryan Insurance$1.1B Bears Minority Owner Jim Jannard Oakley$1.0B Oakley Sunglasses Frank Perdue Chickens$825M Minor League Baseball John Malone TCI/Liberty$750M Liberty Media Leon Hess Hess Corp.$770M Jets Michael Eisner Walt Disney$760M ESPN, Angels, Ducks Ed DeDartolo, Jr. Developer$750M 49ers Paul Fireman Reebok Int'l$690M Reebok CEO Ann Walton Kroenke Inheritance$600M Married to Rams Vice Chair Stan Kroenke Mark McCormack IMG Founder$650M IMG CEO Bruton Smith Auto Racing$650M Speedway Motorsports Michael Ilitch Little Caesars$630M Tigers, Red Wings Melvin Simon Shopping Center$620M Pacers Charles Dolan Cablevision$610M MSG, Knicks, Rangers Alex Spanos Construction$600M Chargers David Price Golf Properties$570M American Golf Nancy Lurie Marks Harcourt Gen.$515M Mother to Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie