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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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