Sports team owners highlight Forbes list

The SportsXchange

Forbes published its Richest 400 Americans list Monday, which includes owners of 31 professional sports teams.

The richest sports-team owner is Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks. Allen is listed as 26th overall and worth $15.8 billion.

There are 14 NFL owners in the top 400, more than any other sport. After Allen, the list of NFL owners on the list includes Stan Kroenke (St. Louis Rams, $5.3 billion), Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins, $4.8 billion), Malcolm Glazer (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $4.5 billion), Shahid Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars, $3.8 billion), Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys, $3 billion), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots $2.9 billion), Stephen Bisciotti (Baltimore Ravens $2.1 billion), Bob McNair (Houston Texans, $2 billion), Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons, $1.7 billion), Jim Irsay (Indianapolis Colts, $1.6 billion), Jimmy Haslam (Cleveland Browns, $1.45 billion), William Ford Sr. (Detroit Lions, $1.4 Billion) and Tom Benson (New Orleans Saints, $1.3 billion).

Eleven NBA owners appear on the list. The richest is Orlando Magic owner Rich Devos, who is 60th and worth $6.8 billion. The others are Kroenke (Denver Nuggets), Micky Arison (Miami Heat, $5.9 billion), Charles Dolan (New York Knicks, $3.3 billion), Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks $2.5 billion), Tom Gores (Detroit Pistons, $2.7 billion), Josh Harris (Philadelphia Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (Memphis Grizzlies, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (Indiana Pacers, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (Los Angeles Clippers, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (Minnesota Timberwolves, $1.7 billion) and Tom Benson (Pelicans).

Three NHL owners are listed: Kroenke (Colorado Avalanche), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins, $2.8 billion) and Tom Golisano (Buffalo Sabres, $1.9 billion).

Only two Major League Baseball owners are listed: Ted Lerner (Washington Nationals, $4 billion) and John Henry (Boston Red Sox, $1.7 billion).

The richest person involved in the sports world is Nike chairman Phil Knight at No. 24 and worth $16.3 billion. The richest American on Forbes' list is Bill Gates at $72 billion. He topped the list for the 20th straight year.

Others of note include: Rupert Murdoch ($13.4 billion), chairman and CEO of News Corp and 21st Century Fox; Michael Rubin ($2.3 billion), owner of Fanatics, one of largest online sports retailers in the U.S.; James France ($2 billion), vice chairman and executive vice president of NASCAR; and Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank ($1.7 billion) and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta ($1.3 billion, each), who co-own the UFC.
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