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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer richest team owner in American sports

2 March 2016 Entertainment News

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Clippers team owner Steve Ballmer topped the list of richest team owners in North American four major sports with a net worth of $23.5 billion, according to the Forbes' annual list of billionaires published Tuesday.

Twenty NBA owners, 19 NFL owners, 10 NHL owners and eight MLB made it to the list.

Ballmer , the former CEO of Microsoft, bought the Clippers in 2014 for a record $2 billion, is the 26th richest person in the world.

Ballmer's Microsoft compatriot Paul Allen, who owns both the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, is worth $17.5 billion ( 40th overall in Forbes rankings).

Included in the top five are Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross at $12 billion ( 80th ), Los Angeles Kings owner Phil Anschutz at $9.7 billion ( 108th ) and Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke at $7.7 billion ( 148th ).

Other NBA owners on the list include the Brooklyn Nets' Mikhail Prokhorov ($7.6B), Miami Heat owner Micky Arison ($7.1B), New York Knicks owner Charles Dolan ($ 5B ), Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.9B), Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos ($4.7B), Tom Gores from the Detroit Pistons ($3.3B), Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ($3.3B), Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon ($2.8B), New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson ($2.2B), Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera ($ 2B ), Glen Taylor from the Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.8B), Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry ($1.7B), Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander ($1.5B), Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller ($1.4B), Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf ($1.3B), former Bulls player and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan ($1.1B) and Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler ($1.1B).

The richest NFL owners include Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan ($5.9B), Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ($ 5B ), New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ($4.8B), Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula ($ 4B ), Houston Texans owner Robert McNair ($3.3B), Stephen Bisciotti of the Baltimore Ravens ($ 3B ), New York Giants co-owner Joan Tisch ($3.3B), the Atlanta Falcons' Arthur Blank ($2.6B), Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam ($2.3B), Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay ($2.3B), New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder ($2.1B), San Francisco 49ers owner Denise York ($1.9B), Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie ($1.8B), San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos ($1.7B) and Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford ($1.3B).

In the NHL, those who made the list are Detroit Red Wings' Michael Ilitch ($4.8B), Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs ($3.7B), Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz ($3.2B), Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli ($2.6B), Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola ($1.9B) and Pittsburgh Penguins owner Ron Burkle ($1.5B).

The richest MLB owner is Ted Lerner of the Washington Nationals ($5.5B), followed by Ilitch (Detroit Tigers), San Francisco Giants owner Charles Johnson ($4.6B), Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton ($2.7B), Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher ($2.2B), Los Angeles Dodgers owner Mark Walter ($2.2B), Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno ($1.8B), Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis ($1.7B) and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf .

UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta are worth $1.4 billion each.