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FORBES has released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, with entry to the list set at a minimum of $950M, down from $1.3B for the previous two years. Among those with sports business interests dropping off the list from last year were UFC co-Owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta (FORBES, 10/19 issue). In Ft. Worth, Andrea Ahles noted Forbes' list indicates that Cowboys Stadium has "already added to" team Owner Jerry Jones' net worth, as he is "one of only 28 members of the Forbes 400 list to increase their net worth during the recession this year" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/1). Meanwhile, Majestic Realty Co. Chair & CEO Ed Roski earlier this month "doubted that a loss of $1[B] in personal wealth over the past year would hurt his plan to bring pro football back" to L.A. (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 10/6). The following chart details those from the list who have ties to sports.'09 FORBES 400: RICHEST AMERICANS
WITH INTERESTS IN SPORTS BUSINESS'09 RK'08 RK'07 RKNAME'09'08'07SPORTS INTEREST222Warren Buffett$40.0B$50.0B$52.0BPCL Triple-A Omaha Royals investor334Larry Ellison$27.0B$27.0B$26.0BOracle Racing CEO
(America's Cup)171211Paul Allen$11.5B$16.0B$16.8BSeahawks, Trail Blazers Owner; MLS Sounders FC investor243130Phil Knight$9.5B$10.5B$9.8BNike Chair373641Phil Anschutz$6.0B$8.0B$7.6BAEG Chair; MLS Galaxy, NHL Kings Owner; Lakers investor374733Rupert Murdoch$6.0B$6.8B$8.8BNews Corp. Chair & CEO446844John Menard$5.0B$5.0B$7.3BIRL Team Owner493527Charles Ergen$4.9B$8.1B$10.2BEchoStar Chair & CEO566855Micky Arison$4.3B$5.0B$5.8BHeat Owner619189Rich DeVos$4.2B$4.0B$3.6BMagic Owner657568Lester Crown$4.0B$4.8B$4.5BBulls, Yankees investor937763Robert Holding$3.3B$4.6B$5.0BSun Valley Ski Resort Owner9410591Ron Burkle$3.2B$3.5B$3.5BPenguins co-Owner97105165Ted Lerner$3.0B$3.5B$2.5BNationals Owner1107868Stephen Ross$2.9B$4.5B$4.5BDolphins Owner113134239James Jannard$2.8B$3.0B$2.0BOakley Chair & CEO117105204Stan Kroenke$2.7B$3.5B$2.2BKroenke Sports Enterprises Owner*1189678Joan Tisch$2.6B$3.8B$4.2BNFL Giants co-Owner123105117Don Schneider$2.5B$3.5B$3.0BPackers Dir Emeritus12316391Richard Rainwater$2.5B$2.5B$3.5BPebble Beach co-Owner139161161Mark Cuban$2.4B$2.6B$2.6BMavericks Owner139190165Malcolm Glazer$2.4B$2.3B$2.5BBuccaneers, EPL club
Manchester United Owner141123108Charles Dolan$2.3B$3.3B$3.2BCablevision Chair, MSG Owner**141190188John Malone$2.3B$2.3B$2.4BLiberty Media Chair; Braves Owner147123149Glen Taylor$2.2B$3.3B$2.7BT'Wolves Owner154131114Jerrold Perenchio$2.1B$3.1B$3.1BUnivision Chair & CEO1586641Sumner Redstone$2.0B$5.1B$7.6BViacom Chair & CEO158163---Philip Falcone$2.00$2.5B---Wild stakeholder190215165Robert Rich$1.9B$2.1B$2.5BIL Triple-A Buffalo Bisons Owner193187204Jess Jackson$1.85B$2.4B$2.2BStonestreet Farms & Stables Owner (Thoroughbred horses)196355317Jerry Jones$1.8B$1.4B$1.5BCowboys Owner202205195Carl Lindner$1.75B$2.2B$2.3BReds investor204163165Jim Davis$1.7B$2.5B$2.5BNew Balance Chair & CEO212227188Frederick Smith$1.65B$2.0B$2.4BRedskins investor212262195Henry Samueli$1.65B$1.8B$2.3BDucks Owner230321380Steve Bisciotti$1.55B$1.5B$1.3BRavens Owner236163195Ed Roski$1.50B$2.5B$2.3BLakers & NHL Kings co-owner236215380Michael Heisley$1.5B$2.1B$1.3BGrizzlies Owner236321361Bob Kraft$1.5B$1.5B$1.4BPatriots & MLS Revolution Owner272301---Drayton McLane$1.45B$1.6B---Astros Owner277301297Mike Ilitch$1.4B$1.6B$1.6BTigers & Red Wings Owner289281239Tom Golisano$1.35B$1.7B$2.0BSabres Owner296215220Hearst family$1.3B$2.1B$2.1BESPN stakeholder296301317Jeremy Jacobs$1.3B$1.6B$1.5BBruins Owner; Delaware North Chair; NESN stakeholder296301361Patrick Ryan$1.3B$1.6B$1.4BBears investor296321149Roger Penske$1.3B$1.5B$2.7BIRL, NASCAR &
ALMS team Owner317262271Eddie DeBartolo$1.25B$1.8B$1.8BDeBartolo Sports &
Entertainment Chair317301317Herb Simon$1.25B$1.6B$1.5BPacers, WNBA Fever Owner317377317Arthur Blank$1.25B$1.3B$1.5BFalcons Owner326262317John Fisher$1.2B$1.8B$1.5BA's stakeholder326321317Bob McNair$1.2B$1.5B$1.5BTexans Owner326321317Todd Wagner$1.2B$1.5B$1.5BMavericks investor341355317Barry Diller$1.15B$1.4B$1.5BTicketmaster Chair & CEO341377380George Steinbrenner$1.15B$1.3B$1.3BYankees Chair;
YES Network Owner341------Bud Adams$1.15B---Titans Owner347321---Ted Forstmann$1.1B$1.5B---IMG Chair & CEO347------Jim Irsay$1.1B------Colts Owner347------Daniel Snyder$1.1B------Redskins Owner347------Alex Spanos$1.1B------Chargers Owner371134220Aubrey McClendon$1.0B$3.0B$2.1BThunder investor371355380Tom Hicks$1.0B$1.4B$1.3BMLB Rangers, Stars Owner;
EPL club Liverpool co-Owner371---161J. Joseph Ricketts$1.0B---$1.3BCubs Owner394------Jeffrey Lurie$980M------Eagles Owner395------Arte Moreno$970m------Angels Owner396377297Randy Lerner$960M$1.3B$1.6BBrowns, EPL club
Aston Villa Owner399------Dwight Schar$950M------Redskins investor
NOTES: * = Includes ownership of Avalanche, Nuggets, MLS Rapids, NLL Mammoth and regional sports net Altitude. Also includes stakes in EPL club Arsenal and Rams, as well as co-Ownership of Dick's Sporting Goods Park. ** = Includes ownership of NHL Rangers, Knicks, AHL Hartford Wolf Pack, WNBA Liberty and regional sports nets MSG and MSG+.