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  • The Forbes 400: Sports Interests Among the Richest People In America

    The 400 wealthiest Americans "are worth a combined $1.5 trillion ($3.8 billion each, on average), up 12% from a year ago, according to FORBES' annual survey of the richest people in America. An "alltime-high 70% are self-made, up from 55%" in '97. Among newcomers to the list this year were Clippers Owner Donald Sterling, who makes his debut "thanks to rising real estate prices" in L.A. and Orange County, "where he owns 10,000 apartment units." Fenway Sports Group Owner John Henry also joined the list for the first time. Angels Owner Arte Moreno, NASCAR/IndyCar team Owner Roger Penske and Bulls and Yankees stakeholder Lester Crown were among those dropping off the list from '10. Listed below are billionaires with interests in sports from the '11 Forbes 400 list (FORBES, 10/10 issue).

    RK
    NAME
    WORTH (BILLIONS)
    SPORTS INTEREST
    2
    Warren Buffett
    $39.0
    Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers stakeholder
    3
    Larry Ellison
    $33.0
    Oracle Racing Owner (America's Cup)
    23
    Paul Allen
    $13.2
    Seahawks, Trail Blazers Owner;
    MLS Sounders stakeholder
    24
    Phil Knight
    $13.1
    Nike Chair
    37
    Rupert Murdoch
    $7.4
    News Corp. Chair & CEO (Fox Sports)
    39t
    Phil Anschutz*
    $7.0
    AEG Chair
    39t
    Patrick Soon-Shiong
    $7.0
    Lakers stakeholder
    60
    Rich DeVos
    $5.0
    Magic Owner
    60
    David Tepper
    $5.0
    Steelers stakeholder
    69
    John Malone
    $4.5
    Liberty Media Chair; Braves Owner
    72
    Charles Johnson
    $4.4
    MLB Giants stakeholder
    75
    Micky Arison
    $4.2
    Heat Owner
    80
    Sumner Redstone
    $4.1
    Viacom Chair
    103
    Ted Lerner
    $3.3
    Nationals Owner
    107t
    Ron Burkle
    $3.2
    Penguins co-Owner
    107t
    Stan Kroenke**
    $3.2
    Kroenke Sports Enterprises Owner
    114t
    Stephen Ross
    $3.1
    Dolphins Owner
    114t
    Terry Pegula
    $3.1
    Sabres Owner
    130
    Joan Tisch
    $2.8
    NFL Giants stakeholder
    139
    Malcolm Glazer
    $2.7
    Buccaneers, EPL club Manchester United Owner
    150
    Charles Dolan***
    $2.6
    Cablevision Chair; MSG Inc. Owner
    159t
    Tom Gores
    $2.5
    Pistons Owner
    159t
    Don Schneider
    $2.5
    Packers Dir Emeritus
    171t
    Wayne Huizenga
    $2.3
    Dolphins stakeholder
    171t
    Mark Cuban
    $2.3
    Mavericks Owner
    188
    Phil Falcone
    $2.2
    Wild stakeholder
    200t
    Robert Rich^
    $2.1
    Rich Entertainment Group Owner (MiLB clubs)
    200t
    Ed Roski
    $2.1
    Lakers, NHL Kings stakeholder
    212t
    Michael Ilitch
    $2.0
    Tigers, Red Wings Owner
    212t
    Eddie DeBartolo
    $2.0
    DeBartolo Sports & Entertainment Chair
    227t
    Jerry Jones
    $1.9
    Cowboys Owner
    227t
    Jeremy Jacobs
    $1.9
    Bruins Owner; Delaware North Chair;
    NESN investor
    242t
    Glen Taylor
    $1.8
    T'Wolves Owner
    242t
    Jim Davis
    $1.8
    New Balance Chair & CEO
    242t
    Ted Forstmann
    $1.8
    IMG Chair & CEO
    260t
    Drayton McLane
    $1.75
    Astros Owner
    260t
    Walter Scott
    $1.75B
    Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers stakeholder
    263t
    Fred Smith
    $1.7
    Redskins stakeholder
    263t
    Henry Samueli
    $1.7
    Ducks Owner
    263t
    Bob Kraft
    $1.7
    Patriots, MLS Revolution Owner
    273
    Herb Simon
    $1.6
    Pacers co-Owner
    293t
    Donald Sterling
    $1.5
    Clippers Owner
    293t
    Michael Heisley
    $1.5
    Grizzlies Owner
    293t
    John Fisher
    $1.5
    A's, MLS Earthquakes, SPL club Celtic stakeholder
    293t
    Bob McNair
    $1.5
    Texans Owner
    293t
    Dan Gilbert
    $1.5
    Cavaliers Owner
    293t
    Jonathan Nelson
    $1.5
    Univision, YES Network BOD member
    309
    Josh Harris
    $1.45
    76ers Owner
    312t
    Ray Davis
    $1.4
    MLB Rangers co-Owner
    312t
    Red McCombs
    $1.4
    Austin F1 track investor
    312t
    Jim Irsay
    $1.4
    Colts Owner
    331t
    Steve Bisciotti
    $1.3
    Ravens Owner
    331t
    Arthur Blank
    $1.3
    Falcons Owner
    355
    Frank Fertitta
    $1.25
    UFC co-Owner
    359t
    Lorenzo Fertitta
    $1.20
    UFC co-Owner
    359t
    Todd Wagner
    $1.2
    Mavericks stakeholder
    359t
    Aubrey McClendon
    $1.2
    Thunder stakeholder
    375t
    Patrick Ryan
    $1.1
    Bears stakeholder
    375t
    Bud Adams
    $1.1
    Titans Owner
    375t
    Alex Spanos
    $1.1
    Chargers Owner
    375t
    Jeffrey Lurie
    $1.1
    Eagles Owner
    375t
    Tom Benson
    $1.1
    Saints Owner
    375t
    William Ford
    $1.1
    Lions Owner
    375t
    John Henry^^
    $1.1
    Fenway Sports Group Owner
    397
    Dan Snyder
    $1.05
    Redskins Owner
     
     

    NOTES: * = Anschutz' properties under the AEG umbrella include ownership of the NHL Kings, MLS Galaxy, Dynamo, AHL Manchester Monarchs and ECHL Ontario Reign. AEG also owns stakes in the Lakers, WNBA Sparks and ECHL Reading Royals. AEG owns various arenas around the world, including Staples Center, the proposed Farmers Field, The Home Depot Center and Manchester Evening News Arena. ** = Kroenke Sports Enterprises owns the Rams, EPL club Arsenal, MLS Rapids and NLL Colorado Mammoth. Kroenke passed ownership of the Avalanche and Nuggets to his son Josh to satisfy terms of the Rams' purchase. *** = MSG Inc. properties include Madison Square Garden, TV channels (MSG, MSG+, MSG Varsity), the Knicks, NHL Rangers, WNBA Liberty and AHL Connecticut Whale. ^ = Rich Entertainment operates the Triple-A Int'l League Buffalo Bisons, Double-AA Texas League Arkansas Travelers and Single-A N.Y.-Penn League Jamestown Jammers. ^^ = FSG properties include the Red Sox, Fenway Park, EPL club Liverpool, Anfield stadium, the Single-A Carolina League Salem Red Sox, an 80% stake in NESN and a 50% stake in NASCAR's Roush Fenway Racing team.

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