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g-f(2)2189 The Billionaire Club: A Closer Look at the Wealthiest Figures in Sports Ownership


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Forbes' latest compilation of the world's richest sports team owners for 2024 unveils a mix of familiar faces and intriguing newcomers, showcasing the ever-evolving landscape of sports ownership and the substantial fortunes behind it.

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"Despite economic fluctuations, the collective wealth of the top 20 sports team owners stands at a staggering $481 billion, with Steve Ballmer, Rob Walton, and Miriam Adelson leading the pack in a diverse array of sports ventures." — Fernando Machuca and ChatGPT, April 6, 2024

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Forbes' annual ranking of the world's wealthiest sports team owners reveals notable shifts and newcomers in 2024. Steve Ballmer's robust investments in the Los Angeles Clippers propel him to the top spot, followed closely by Rob Walton, owner of the Denver Broncos, and Miriam Adelson, who debuts in the top three with her ownership of the Dallas Mavericks. The list underscores the growing influence of various sports leagues, with the NBA dominating the rankings, followed by NFL, NHL, MLS, and European soccer representatives. Despite economic fluctuations, the overall wealth of sports team owners remains formidable, reflecting the enduring allure and profitability of sports ownership in the modern era.


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Justin BirnbaumThe World’s Richest Sports Team Owners 2024Forbes, April 5, 2024.

Justin Birnbaum

Justin Birnbaum is a staff writer at Forbes, where he covers the intersection of sports, business, and technology¹. His byline has appeared at, The Hockey News, and Narratively¹. He began his journey covering a handful of New Jersey Devils stranded in Albany during the 2012 NHL Lockout¹. 

Birnbaum has written a variety of articles for Forbes, including pieces on the billionaire who brought Lionel Messi to Miami², and Michael Jordan's net worth³. His work provides insightful analysis on the impact of sports and technology on business and society¹.

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(1) Justin Birnbaum - Forbes.

(2) The Billionaire Who Brought Messi Magic To Miami - Forbes.

(3) Michael Jordan Is Now Worth $3 Billion And Joins The Forbes 400.

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The World's 5 Richest Sports Team Owners, Forbes, YouTube channel, April 5, 2024.

Spending money has never been an issue for Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. In 2014, the former Microsoft CEO bought the NBA team for a then-record $2 billion, a move that was widely seen as an overpay at the time (Forbes had most recently valued the Clippers at $575 million). This January, Ballmer shelled out more than $152 million to extend 32-year-old, All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard’s contract for another three seasons, and he is expected make similar moves with his other aging talents, Paul George, 33, and James Harden, 34. Next year, one of his crowning achievements will come to fruition, when the Clippers move into their new home, the $2 billion Intuit Dome in Inglewood, California.

Despite the enormous bill Ballmer has racked up in a decade of team ownership, it’s barely dented his fortune. The 68-year-old is worth an estimated $121 billion, according to Forbes’ 2024 World’s Billionaires list, up from $80.7 billion in 2023. His 50% year-over-year wealth increase, primarily due to the stellar stock performance of Microsoft, has once again made Ballmer the richest sports team owner in the world.

The top spot was previously held by Mukesh Ambani, who owns the Mumbai Indians cricket team through his publicly traded conglomerate Reliance Industries. (Forbes has adjusted its methodology to exclude teams owned by public companies and, therefore, their shareholders. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, owner of Japanese baseball’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, was left off for the same reason, as well as teams owned by giant private conglomerates, including Red Bull’s Formula 1 team and INEOS’ Manchester United and OGC Nice.)

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