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  • Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous: Sports Interests Among Forbes' Richest Americans

    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 BUSINESS
    RANK
    NAME
    WORTH
    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 investor
    24
    Phil Knight
    $16.3B
    Nike Chair
    26
    Paul Allen
    $15.8B
    Seahawks, Trail Blazers Owner; MLS Sounders investor
    30
    Rupert Murdoch
    $13.4B
    News Corp. Chair & CEO (Fox Sports)
    38
    Phil Anschutz
    $10.3B
    AEG Chair
    43
    Steve Cohen
    $9.4B
    Mets investor
    45
    Patrick Soon-Shiong
    $9B
    Lakers investor
    53
    David Tepper
    $7.9B
    Steelers investor
    60
    Rich DeVos
    $6.8B
    Magic Owner
    61
    John Malone
    $6.7B
    Liberty Media Chair; Braves Owner
    70
    Micky Arison
    $5.9B
    Heat Owner
    71
    Sumner Redstone
    $5.8B
    Viacom Chair
    74
    Charles Johnson
    $5.6B
    MLB Giants investor
    84
    Stan Kroenke
    $5.3B
    Kroenke Sports Enterprises Owner
    94
    Stephen Ross
    $4.8B
    Dolphins Owner
    102
    Malcolm Glazer
    $4.5B
    Buccaneers, Manchester United Owner
    110
    Ted Lerner
    $4B
    Nationals Owner
    118
    Dan Gilbert
    $3.9B
    Cavaliers Owner
    122
    Shahid Khan
    $3.8B
    Jaguars, EPL club Fulham Owner
    143
    Ed Roski
    $3.4B
    Lakers, NHL Kings co-Owner
    151
    Charles Dolan
    $3.3B
    Cablevision Chair; MSG Owner
    157
    Michael Ilitch
    $3.2B
    Tigers, Red Wings Owner
    161t
    Terry Pegula
    $3.1B
    Sabres Owner
    161t
    Jim Davis
    $3.1B
    New Balance Chair & CEO
    166t
    Robert Rich
    $3B
    Rich Entertainment Group Owner (MiLB clubs)
    166t
    Jerry Jones
    $3B
    Cowboys Owner
    184
    Bob Kraft
    $2.9B
    Patriots, MLS Revolution Owner
    193
    Jeremy Jacobs
    $2.8B
    Bruins Owner; Delaware North Chair; NESN investor
    193
    John Fisher
    $2.8B
    A's, MLS Earthquakes, SPL club Celtic investor
    201t
    Ron Burkle
    $2.7B
    Penguins co-Owner
    201t
    Tom Gores
    $2.7B
    Pistons Owner
    209
    Eddie DeBartolo
    $2.6B
    DeBartolo Sports & Entertainment Chair
    222t
    Wayne Huizenga
    $2.5B
    Dolphins, NHL Panthers investor
    222t
    Mark Cuban
    $2.5B
    Mavericks Owner
    222t
    Josh Harris
    $2.5B
    76ers, Devils Owner
    243t
    Robert Piccinini
    $2.3B
    Warriors investor
    243t
    Michael Rubin
    $2.3B
    76ers investor
    243t
    Fred Smith
    $2.3b
    Redskins investor
    260
    Steve Bisciotti
    $2.1B
    Ravens Owner
    273t
    Jim France
    $2B
    Int'l Speedway Corp. Chair
    273t
    Bob McNair
    $2B
    Texans Owner
    293t
    Herb Simon
    $1.95B
    Pacers Owner
    293t
    Robert Pera
    $1.95B
    Grizzlies Owner
    296t
    Donald Sterling
    $1.9B
    Clippers Owner
    296t
    Ray Davis
    $1.9B
    MLB Rangers co-Owner
    327t
    Glen Taylor
    $1.7B
    T'Wolves Owner
    327t
    Henry Samueli
    $1.7B
    Ducks Owner
    327t
    Arthur Blank
    $1.7B
    Falcons Owner
    327t
    John Henry
    $1.7B
    Fenway Sports Group Owner (Liverpool, Red Sox)
    327t
    Kevin Plank
    $1.7B
    Under Armour Founder, Chair & CEO
    342
    Jim Irsay
    $1.6B
    Colts Owner
    369
    Jimmy Haslam III
    $1.45B
    Browns Owner
    371
    Patrick Ryan
    $1.4B
    Bears investor
    386t
    Frank Fertitta
    $1.3B
    UFC co-Owner
    386t
    Lorenzo Fertitta
    $1.3B
    UFC co-Owner
    386t
    Tom Benson
    $1.3B
    Hornets, Saints Owner
    386t
    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).

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