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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, with ownership of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, WTA/ATP BNP Paribas Open and Oracle Racing sailing team (America’s Cup), tops the list of the richest Americans with a significant sports interest, according to the latest Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans. Ellison replaces Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet, who last year sold his interest in the Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers. Among the newcomers to the list this year are Grizzlies Owner Michael Pera, as well as online retailer Fanatics Exec Chair and 76ers investor Michael Rubin. Pera is just one of nine people under the age of 40 to crack the list. Among those falling off the list this year was Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder (THE DAILY).'13 FORBES 400: RICHEST AMERICANS WITH INTERESTS IN SPORTS BUSINESSRANK
NAMEWORTH SPORTS INTEREST(S)3 Larry Ellison$41B Indian Wells Tennis Garden Owner, Oracle Racing (America's Cup)19 George Soros$20B EPL club Manchester United investor24 Phil Knight$16.3B Nike Chair26 Paul Allen$15.8B Seahawks, Trail Blazers Owner; MLS Sounders investor30 Rupert Murdoch$13.4B News Corp. Chair & CEO (Fox Sports)38 Phil Anschutz$10.3B AEG Chair43 Steve Cohen$9.4B Mets investor45 Patrick Soon-Shiong$9B Lakers investor53 David Tepper$7.9B Steelers investor60 Rich DeVos$6.8B Magic Owner61 John Malone$6.7B Liberty Media Chair; Braves Owner70 Micky Arison$5.9B Heat Owner71 Sumner Redstone$5.8B Viacom Chair74 Charles Johnson$5.6B MLB Giants investor84 Stan Kroenke$5.3B Kroenke Sports Enterprises Owner94 Stephen Ross$4.8B Dolphins Owner102 Malcolm Glazer$4.5B Buccaneers, Manchester United Owner110 Ted Lerner$4B Nationals Owner118 Dan Gilbert$3.9B Cavaliers Owner122 Shahid Khan$3.8B Jaguars, EPL club Fulham Owner143 Ed Roski$3.4B Lakers, NHL Kings co-Owner151 Charles Dolan$3.3B Cablevision Chair; MSG Owner157 Michael Ilitch$3.2B Tigers, Red Wings Owner161t Terry Pegula$3.1B Sabres Owner161t Jim Davis$3.1B New Balance Chair & CEO166t Robert Rich$3B Rich Entertainment Group Owner (MiLB clubs)166t Jerry Jones$3B Cowboys Owner184 Bob Kraft$2.9B Patriots, MLS Revolution Owner193 Jeremy Jacobs$2.8B Bruins Owner; Delaware North Chair; NESN investor193 John Fisher$2.8B A's, MLS Earthquakes, SPL club Celtic investor201t Ron Burkle$2.7B Penguins co-Owner201t Tom Gores$2.7B Pistons Owner209 Eddie DeBartolo$2.6B DeBartolo Sports & Entertainment Chair222t Wayne Huizenga$2.5B Dolphins, NHL Panthers investor222t Mark Cuban$2.5B Mavericks Owner222t Josh Harris$2.5B 76ers, Devils Owner243t Robert Piccinini$2.3B Warriors investor243t Michael Rubin$2.3B 76ers investor243t Fred Smith$2.3b Redskins investor260 Steve Bisciotti$2.1B Ravens Owner273t Jim France$2B Int'l Speedway Corp. Chair273t Bob McNair$2B Texans Owner293t Herb Simon$1.95B Pacers Owner293t Robert Pera$1.95B Grizzlies Owner296t Donald Sterling$1.9B Clippers Owner296t Ray Davis$1.9B MLB Rangers co-Owner327t Glen Taylor$1.7B T'Wolves Owner327t Henry Samueli$1.7B Ducks Owner327t Arthur Blank$1.7B Falcons Owner327t John Henry$1.7B Fenway Sports Group Owner (Liverpool, Red Sox)327t Kevin Plank$1.7B Under Armour Founder, Chair & CEO342 Jim Irsay$1.6B Colts Owner369 Jimmy Haslam III$1.45B Browns Owner371 Patrick Ryan$1.4B Bears investor386t Frank Fertitta$1.3B UFC co-Owner386t Lorenzo Fertitta$1.3B UFC co-Owner386t Tom Benson$1.3B Hornets, Saints Owner386t Roger Penske$1.3B NASCAR, IndyCar team Owner
POWER PLAYERS: HBO's Bryant Gumbel discussed the Forbes 400 during “Real Sports” on Monday night. Gumbel: "It might surprise you to know that a whopping 61 billionaires didn’t make the cut and almost ten percent of those that did have a sports connection." Gumbel said some like Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, Heat Owner Micky Arison, and Tigers and Red Wings Owner Mike Illitch are "clearly good at building winners and making money." But as the inclusion of those like Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and Clippers Owner Donald Sterling "attests, you can still make a ton of money in sports even when you're lousy at it.” Nike's Phil Knight and UA's Kevin Plank appeared on the list, "suggesting that while clothes may not make the man, they sure do enrich the makers." There are no athletes on the list, which is a "fact worth remembering the next time you hear someone griping about overpaid jocks or the price of a ticket.” Gumbel: “We may think sports is about fun and fair play, but the list is a reminder that in sports, as in life, the golden rule still applies and he who has the gold, rules" ("Real Sports," HBO, 9/17).