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  • Forbes' Richest Americans With Interests In Sports Business

    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 RK
    NAME
    '09
    '08
    '07
    SPORTS INTEREST
    2
    2
    2
    Warren Buffett
    $40.0B
    $50.0B
    $52.0B
    PCL Triple-A Omaha Royals investor
    3
    3
    4
    Larry Ellison
    $27.0B
    $27.0B
    $26.0B
    Oracle Racing CEO
    (America's Cup)
    17
    12
    11
    Paul Allen
    $11.5B
    $16.0B
    $16.8B
    Seahawks, Trail Blazers Owner; MLS Sounders FC investor
    24
    31
    30
    Phil Knight
    $9.5B
    $10.5B
    $9.8B
    Nike Chair
    37
    36
    41
    Phil Anschutz
    $6.0B
    $8.0B
    $7.6B
    AEG Chair; MLS Galaxy, NHL Kings Owner; Lakers investor
    37
    47
    33
    Rupert Murdoch
    $6.0B
    $6.8B
    $8.8B
    News Corp. Chair & CEO
    44
    68
    44
    John Menard
    $5.0B
    $5.0B
    $7.3B
    IRL Team Owner
    49
    35
    27
    Charles Ergen
    $4.9B
    $8.1B
    $10.2B
    EchoStar Chair & CEO
    56
    68
    55
    Micky Arison
    $4.3B
    $5.0B
    $5.8B
    Heat Owner
    61
    91
    89
    Rich DeVos
    $4.2B
    $4.0B
    $3.6B
    Magic Owner
    65
    75
    68
    Lester Crown
    $4.0B
    $4.8B
    $4.5B
    Bulls, Yankees investor
    93
    77
    63
    Robert Holding
    $3.3B
    $4.6B
    $5.0B
    Sun Valley Ski Resort Owner
    94
    105
    91
    Ron Burkle
    $3.2B
    $3.5B
    $3.5B
    Penguins co-Owner
    97
    105
    165
    Ted Lerner
    $3.0B
    $3.5B
    $2.5B
    Nationals Owner
    110
    78
    68
    Stephen Ross
    $2.9B
    $4.5B
    $4.5B
    Dolphins Owner
    113
    134
    239
    James Jannard
    $2.8B
    $3.0B
    $2.0B
    Oakley Chair & CEO
    117
    105
    204
    Stan Kroenke
    $2.7B
    $3.5B
    $2.2B
    Kroenke Sports Enterprises Owner*
    118
    96
    78
    Joan Tisch
    $2.6B
    $3.8B
    $4.2B
    NFL Giants co-Owner
    123
    105
    117
    Don Schneider
    $2.5B
    $3.5B
    $3.0B
    Packers Dir Emeritus
    123
    163
    91
    Richard Rainwater
    $2.5B
    $2.5B
    $3.5B
    Pebble Beach co-Owner
    139
    161
    161
    Mark Cuban
    $2.4B
    $2.6B
    $2.6B
    Mavericks Owner
    139
    190
    165
    Malcolm Glazer
    $2.4B
    $2.3B
    $2.5B
    Buccaneers, EPL club
    Manchester United Owner
    141
    123
    108
    Charles Dolan
    $2.3B
    $3.3B
    $3.2B
    Cablevision Chair, MSG Owner**
    141
    190
    188
    John Malone
    $2.3B
    $2.3B
    $2.4B
    Liberty Media Chair; Braves Owner
    147
    123
    149
    Glen Taylor
    $2.2B
    $3.3B
    $2.7B
    T'Wolves Owner
    154
    131
    114
    Jerrold Perenchio
    $2.1B
    $3.1B
    $3.1B
    Univision Chair & CEO
    158
    66
    41
    Sumner Redstone
    $2.0B
    $5.1B
    $7.6B
    Viacom Chair & CEO
    158
    163
    ---
    Philip Falcone
    $2.00
    $2.5B
    ---
    Wild stakeholder
    190
    215
    165
    Robert Rich
    $1.9B
    $2.1B
    $2.5B
    IL Triple-A Buffalo Bisons Owner
    193
    187
    204
    Jess Jackson
    $1.85B
    $2.4B
    $2.2B
    Stonestreet Farms & Stables Owner (Thoroughbred horses)
    196
    355
    317
    Jerry Jones
    $1.8B
    $1.4B
    $1.5B
    Cowboys Owner
    202
    205
    195
    Carl Lindner
    $1.75B
    $2.2B
    $2.3B
    Reds investor
    204
    163
    165
    Jim Davis
    $1.7B
    $2.5B
    $2.5B
    New Balance Chair & CEO
    212
    227
    188
    Frederick Smith
    $1.65B
    $2.0B
    $2.4B
    Redskins investor
    212
    262
    195
    Henry Samueli
    $1.65B
    $1.8B
    $2.3B
    Ducks Owner
    230
    321
    380
    Steve Bisciotti
    $1.55B
    $1.5B
    $1.3B
    Ravens Owner
    236
    163
    195
    Ed Roski
    $1.50B
    $2.5B
    $2.3B
    Lakers & NHL Kings co-owner
    236
    215
    380
    Michael Heisley
    $1.5B
    $2.1B
    $1.3B
    Grizzlies Owner
    236
    321
    361
    Bob Kraft
    $1.5B
    $1.5B
    $1.4B
    Patriots & MLS Revolution Owner
    272
    301
    ---
    Drayton McLane
    $1.45B
    $1.6B
    ---
    Astros Owner
    277
    301
    297
    Mike Ilitch
    $1.4B
    $1.6B
    $1.6B
    Tigers & Red Wings Owner
    289
    281
    239
    Tom Golisano
    $1.35B
    $1.7B
    $2.0B
    Sabres Owner
    296
    215
    220
    Hearst family
    $1.3B
    $2.1B
    $2.1B
    ESPN stakeholder
    296
    301
    317
    Jeremy Jacobs
    $1.3B
    $1.6B
    $1.5B
    Bruins Owner; Delaware North Chair; NESN stakeholder
    296
    301
    361
    Patrick Ryan
    $1.3B
    $1.6B
    $1.4B
    Bears investor
    296
    321
    149
    Roger Penske
    $1.3B
    $1.5B
    $2.7B
    IRL, NASCAR &
    ALMS team Owner
    317
    262
    271
    Eddie DeBartolo
    $1.25B
    $1.8B
    $1.8B
    DeBartolo Sports &
    Entertainment Chair
    317
    301
    317
    Herb Simon
    $1.25B
    $1.6B
    $1.5B
    Pacers, WNBA Fever Owner
    317
    377
    317
    Arthur Blank
    $1.25B
    $1.3B
    $1.5B
    Falcons Owner
    326
    262
    317
    John Fisher
    $1.2B
    $1.8B
    $1.5B
    A's stakeholder
    326
    321
    317
    Bob McNair
    $1.2B
    $1.5B
    $1.5B
    Texans Owner
    326
    321
    317
    Todd Wagner
    $1.2B
    $1.5B
    $1.5B
    Mavericks investor
    341
    355
    317
    Barry Diller
    $1.15B
    $1.4B
    $1.5B
    Ticketmaster Chair & CEO
    341
    377
    380
    George Steinbrenner
    $1.15B
    $1.3B
    $1.3B
    Yankees Chair;
    YES Network Owner
    341
    ---
    ---
    Bud Adams
    $1.15B
    ---
     
    Titans Owner
    347
    321
    ---
    Ted Forstmann
    $1.1B
    $1.5B
    ---
    IMG Chair & CEO
    347
    ---
    ---
    Jim Irsay
    $1.1B
    ---
    ---
    Colts Owner
    347
    ---
    ---
    Daniel Snyder
    $1.1B
    ---
    ---
    Redskins Owner
    347
    ---
    ---
    Alex Spanos
    $1.1B
    ---
    ---
    Chargers Owner
    371
    134
    220
    Aubrey McClendon
    $1.0B
    $3.0B
    $2.1B
    Thunder investor
    371
    355
    380
    Tom Hicks
    $1.0B
    $1.4B
    $1.3B
    MLB Rangers, Stars Owner;
    EPL club Liverpool co-Owner
    371
    ---
    161
    J. Joseph Ricketts
    $1.0B
    ---
    $1.3B
    Cubs Owner
    394
    ---
    ---
    Jeffrey Lurie
    $980M
    ---
    ---
    Eagles Owner
    395
    ---
    ---
    Arte Moreno
    $970m
    ---
    ---
    Angels Owner
    396
    377
    297
    Randy Lerner
    $960M
    $1.3B
    $1.6B
    Browns, EPL club
    Aston Villa Owner
    399
    ---
    ---
    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+.

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