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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).
NAMEWORTH (BILLIONS) SPORTS INTEREST2 Warren Buffett$39.0 Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers stakeholder3 Larry Ellison$33.0 Oracle Racing Owner (America's Cup)23 Paul Allen$13.2 Seahawks, Trail Blazers Owner;
MLS Sounders stakeholder24
Phil Knight$13.1 Nike Chair37 Rupert Murdoch$7.4 News Corp. Chair & CEO (Fox Sports)39t Phil Anschutz*$7.0 AEG Chair39t Patrick Soon-Shiong$7.0 Lakers stakeholder60 Rich DeVos$5.0 Magic Owner60 David Tepper$5.0 Steelers stakeholder69 John Malone$4.5 Liberty Media Chair; Braves Owner72 Charles Johnson$4.4 MLB Giants stakeholder75 Micky Arison$4.2 Heat Owner80 Sumner Redstone$4.1 Viacom Chair103 Ted Lerner$3.3 Nationals Owner107t Ron Burkle$3.2 Penguins co-Owner107t Stan Kroenke**$3.2 Kroenke Sports Enterprises Owner114t Stephen Ross$3.1 Dolphins Owner114t Terry Pegula$3.1 Sabres Owner130 Joan Tisch$2.8 NFL Giants stakeholder139 Malcolm Glazer$2.7 Buccaneers, EPL club Manchester United Owner150 Charles Dolan***$2.6 Cablevision Chair; MSG Inc. Owner159t Tom Gores$2.5 Pistons Owner159t Don Schneider$2.5 Packers Dir Emeritus171t Wayne Huizenga$2.3 Dolphins stakeholder171t Mark Cuban$2.3 Mavericks Owner188 Phil Falcone$2.2 Wild stakeholder200t Robert Rich^$2.1 Rich Entertainment Group Owner (MiLB clubs)200t Ed Roski$2.1 Lakers, NHL Kings stakeholder212t Michael Ilitch$2.0 Tigers, Red Wings Owner212t Eddie DeBartolo$2.0 DeBartolo Sports & Entertainment Chair227t Jerry Jones$1.9 Cowboys Owner227t Jeremy Jacobs$1.9 Bruins Owner; Delaware North Chair;
Glen Taylor$1.8 T'Wolves Owner242t Jim Davis$1.8 New Balance Chair & CEO242t Ted Forstmann$1.8 IMG Chair & CEO260t Drayton McLane$1.75 Astros Owner260t Walter Scott$1.75B Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers stakeholder263t Fred Smith$1.7 Redskins stakeholder263t Henry Samueli$1.7 Ducks Owner263t Bob Kraft$1.7 Patriots, MLS Revolution Owner273 Herb Simon$1.6 Pacers co-Owner293t Donald Sterling$1.5 Clippers Owner293t Michael Heisley$1.5 Grizzlies Owner293t John Fisher$1.5 A's, MLS Earthquakes, SPL club Celtic stakeholder293t Bob McNair$1.5 Texans Owner293t Dan Gilbert$1.5 Cavaliers Owner293t Jonathan Nelson$1.5 Univision, YES Network BOD member309 Josh Harris$1.45 76ers Owner312t Ray Davis$1.4 MLB Rangers co-Owner312t Red McCombs$1.4 Austin F1 track investor312t Jim Irsay$1.4 Colts Owner331t Steve Bisciotti$1.3 Ravens Owner331t Arthur Blank$1.3 Falcons Owner355 Frank Fertitta$1.25 UFC co-Owner359t Lorenzo Fertitta$1.20 UFC co-Owner359t Todd Wagner$1.2 Mavericks stakeholder359t Aubrey McClendon$1.2 Thunder stakeholder375t Patrick Ryan$1.1 Bears stakeholder375t Bud Adams$1.1 Titans Owner375t Alex Spanos$1.1 Chargers Owner375t Jeffrey Lurie$1.1 Eagles Owner375t Tom Benson$1.1 Saints Owner375t William Ford$1.1 Lions Owner375t John Henry^^$1.1 Fenway Sports Group Owner397 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.