The Richest Sports Team Owners

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Written by: Daniel Gleich

Many of the most popular sports teams are owned by notable billionaires and millionaires, from teams in the National Football League and the National Basketball Association to soccer teams around the world.

But who are the richest owners in sports? The research team at Madison Trust looked at some of the richest sports owners in the world to create the following graphic. Take a look to see who came out on top!

Who Are the Richest Sports Owners in the World?

Based on available data, the richest sports team owner in the world is Steve Ballmer. This multi-billionaire, who was the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014, is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. His estimated worth is more than $91 billion, making him one of the top ten richest people in the entire world and the richest NBA owner. Ballmer became the owner of the Clippers in 2014 for a reported price of $2 billion, which is the second highest price for a sports team in North America.

The second sports team owner with the highest net worth is Mukesh Ambani. His net worth is $90.7 billion. He is the owner of Indian cricket team the Mumbai Indians and chairman of Reliance Industries Limited. The team plays in the Indian Premier League and is worth an estimated $155 million.

The third owner on the list is Carlos Slim, who owns Real Oviedo, a soccer team in Spain. Slim’s net worth is estimated to be $78 billion. While the team doesn’t compete in Spain’s top-tier soccer system, their stadium seats more than 30,000 spectators.

The fourth richest sports team owner on the list, who is also the richest NFL owner, is Rob Walton. He has a net worth of $59.8 billion and is the owner of the Denver Broncos. They compete in the NFL in the U.S. and play at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, CO. Walton is the oldest son of Sam Walton, who founded the multinational retail chain Walmart in 1962. He purchased the Broncos in 2022 for $4.65 billion.

Next on the list is François Pinault, with a net worth of about $40 billion. Pinault owns Stade Rennais FC, which is a soccer team based in Rennes, France. The team competes in Ligue 1, which is the top professional league in France. He purchased the club in 1998 and completed a complete reconstruction of the stadium.

Sixth on the list is Daniel Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who play in the NBA. Gilbert’s net worth is estimated to be about $30.9 billion. The Cavaliers famously drafted NBA legend LeBron James in 2003.

Coming in at number seven is Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz with an estimated net worth of more than $27 billion. In addition to being the creator of the Red Bull energy drink, he also owns RB Leipzig (a soccer team based in Leipzig, Germany that competes in the Bundesliga), the New York Red Bulls (a soccer team that competes in the U.S.’s Major League Soccer and has its stadium in Harrison, NJ), and Red Bull Racing (a Formula One racing team with an Austrian license and headquarters in the United Kingdom).

Eighth on the list is Mashayoshi Son, who is the owner of a professional Japanese baseball team called the Fukuoaka SoftBank Hawks. He is a Korean-Japanese businessman who is the founder and chairman of Japanese holding company SoftBank and SoftBank Mobile. He is worth more than $21 billion. The SoftBank Hawks compete in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league.

Steve Cohen, owner of the New York Mets, ranks ninth on the list. He is worth more than $17 billion. The hedge fund manager purchased the Mets (who compete in Major League Baseball) in 2020. As of 2022, the Mets were ranked as the sixth most valuable Major League Baseball team in the United States.

Coming in tenth place is David Tepper, who owns the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Charlotte FC (Major League Soccer). He has an estimated net worth of $16.7 billion. He is the owner and operator of the hedge fund Appaloosa Management, located in Miami Beach, FL.

The Richest Sports Owners Around the World

RankNameTeam(s) OwnedNet Worth
1Steve BallmerLos Angeles Clippers (Basketball, United States)$91,400,000,000
2Mukesh AmbaniMumbai Indians (Cricket, India)$90,700,000,000
3Carlos SlimReal Oviedo (Soccer, Spain)$78,000,000,000
4Rob WaltonDenver Broncos (Football, United States)$59,800,000,000
5François PinaultStade Rennais FC (Soccer, France)$40,400,000,000
6Daniel GilbertCleveland Cavaliers (Basketball, United States)$30,900,000,000
7Dietrich MateschitzRB Leipzig (Soccer, Germany)
New York Red Bulls (Soccer, United States)
Red Bull Racing (Formula 1, England)
$27,400,000,000
8Masayoshi SonFukuoka SoftBank Hawks (Baseball, Japan)$21,300,000,000
9Steve CohenNew York Mets (Baseball, United States)$17,400,000,000
10David TepperCarolina Panthers (Football, United States)
Charlotte FC (Soccer, United States)
$16,700,000,000
11Robert PeraMemphis Grizzlies (Basketball, United States)$14,600,000,000
12Joseph TsaiBrooklyn Nets (Basketball, United States)$11,600,000,000
13Philip AnschutzLos Angeles Kings (Hockey, United States)
LA Galaxy (Soccer, United States)
$10,900,000,000
14Stan KroenkeLos Angeles Rams (Football, United States)
Colorado Avalanche (Hockey, United States)
Denver Nuggets (Basketball, United States)
$10,700,000,000
15Jerry JonesDallas Cowboys (Football, United States)$8,900,000,000
16David ThomsonWinnipeg Jets (Hockey, Canada)$8,400,000,000
17Hasso PlatnerSan Jose Sharks (Hockey, United States)$8,300,000,000
17Dietmar HoppTSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Soccer, Germany)$8,300,000,000
19Shahid KhanJacksonville Jaguars (Football, United States)
Fulham Football Club (Soccer, England)
$8,000,000,000
20Zhang JindongInter Milan (Soccer, Italy)$7,400,000,000
21Rocco Benito CommissoACF Fiorentina (Soccer, Italy)
New York Cosmos (Soccer, United States)
$7,200,000,000
22Stephen RossMiami Dolphins (Football, United States)$7,000,000,000
23Robert KraftNew England Patriots (Football, United States)
New England Revolution (Soccer, United States)
$6,700,000,000
23Dmitry RybolovlevAS Monaco FC (Soccer, France)
Cercle Brugge K.S.V. (Soccer, Belgium)
$6,700,000,000
23Micky ArisonMiami Heat (Basketball, United States)$6,700,000,000
23Terrence PegulaBuffalo Bills (Football, United States)
Buffalo Sabres (Hockey, United States)
$6,700,000,000
27Arthur BlankAtlanta Falcons (Football, United States)
Altanta United (Soccer, United States)
$6,200,000,000
28Tom GoresDetroit Pistons (Basketball, United States)$6,000,000,000
29Stephen BisciottiBaltimore Ravens (Football, United States)$5,800,000,000
30Charles DolanNew York Knicks (Basketball, United States)
New York Rangers (Hockey, United States)
$5,600,000,000

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