The owning of a professional sports team has come to be a status symbol among the mega rich. In 2021, Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, had a net worth of 68.7 billion U.S. dollars, making him the second richest sports team owner worldwide. Ballmer, who served as the chief executive officer of Microsoft for 14 years, became the Los Angeles Clippers owner in 2014, purchasing the franchise for around two billion U.S. dollars. At the top of the list was Mukesh Ambani, owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Mumbai Indians. The Indian billionaire businessman is the 12th richest person in the world, having earned his fortuneas managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd..
Wealthiest owners of sports teams worldwide as of April 2021
(in billion U.S. dollars)
Net worth in billion U.S. dollars
Mukesh Ambani (Mumbai Indians)
Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers)
Daniel Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers)
François Pinault & family (Stade Rennai FC)
Dietrich Mateschitz (New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing)
Robert Pera (Memphis Grizzlies)
Steve Cohen (New York Mets)
Roman Abramovich (Chelsea FC)
David Tepper (Charlotte Panthers, Charlotte FC)
Joseph Tsai (Brooklyn Nets)
Philip Anschutz (Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy)
Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys)
Hasso Plattner & family (San Jose Sharks)
Stanley Kroenke (Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids)
Shahid Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Rocco Commisson (ACF Fiorentina)
Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins)
Robert Kraft (New England Patriots, New England Revolution)
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Forbes. (April 6, 2021). Wealthiest owners of sports teams worldwide as of April 2021 (in billion U.S. dollars) [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved May 28, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/1179615/wealthiest-sports-teams-owners/
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