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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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