The 13 Richest People In Sports

Robert kraftDimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesPatriots owner Robert Kraft with his girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander

Professional athletes rake in tons of money every year for playing the game they love.

But the people with the real money are the ones who run the show.

Forbes put out its annual Billionaires list on Monday and the billionaires of the sports world aren’t out there on the field, they’re the ones behind the scenes.

#1 Paul Allen

Net Worth: $15.9 billion

Age: 61

Paul Allen has a stronghold on professional sports in the Pacific Northwest. Allen owns the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trailblazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders (MLS).

Allen's Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in 2014.


#2 Stanley Kroenke

Net worth: $5.6 billion

Age: 66

Stanley Kroenke is all over the place when it comes to sports team ownership. Kroenke owns the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, the St. Louis Rams, and Premier League soccer club Arsenal.


#3 (tie) Malcolm Glazer

Net worth: $4.2 billion

Age: 85

Glazer owns not one, but two sports teams. Glazer bought the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1995, and the EPL soccer team Manchester United.

Manchester United went public in August 2012 and became the first sports team to ever be valued at more than $US3 billion in January 2013.


#3 (tie) Bernie Eccelstone (and family)

Net Worth: $4.2 billion

Age: 83

Bernie Ecclestone owns 5.3% of Formula One, an elite car racing league in the U.K. Ecclestone turned Formula One into a popular sport across the globe.

Much of his fortune is sitting in trust funds for his daughters Petra and Tamara.


#5 Daryl Katz

Net worth: $3.3 billion

Age: 52

Daryl Katz is the owner of the Edmonton Oilers, an NHL team based in Edmonton, Canada. The Oilers are currently working on a new $US600 million stadium.

Katz built his fortune after buying thousands of 'distressed drug stores' in Canada in the 90s, and then selling a large portion of the stores for $US1 billion.


#6 Jerry Jones

Net worth: $3 billion

Age: 71

Jerry Jones has been the owner of the Dallas Cowboys since 1989. The Cowboys are the most valuable sports team in the United States worth $US2.1 billion. After making a fortune in the 1970's in natural gas, Jones bought the cowboys for just $US150 million in 1989.

He also owns the Cowboys' stadium.


#7 Robert Kraft

Net worth: $2.9 billion

Age: 72

Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots in 1995 for $US172 million.

Kraft is also the Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, which owns real estate, paper companies, and the New England Revolution.


#8 Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban cheers before his team plays the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami, June 12, 2011.

Net worth: $2.6 billion

Age: 55

Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Cuban made his fortune in 1999 when he and his business partner Todd Wagner sold for $US5.7 billion to Yahoo!.


#9 Stephen Bisciotti

Net worth: $2.2 billion

Age: 53

Stephen Bisciotti owns the Baltimore Ravens, he bought controlling interest of the football team in 2004. Bisciotti made his fortune founding an engineering staffing firm called Aerotek, now called Allegis Group.


#10 Robert McNair

Net worth: $2 billion

Age: 77

Robert McNair is responsible for bringing the NFL back to Houston. McNair brought the Texans to Houston in 2002. The Texans are worth $US1.3 billion.

McNair sold Cogen Technologies to Enron for $US1.5 billion just before the tech bubble.


#11 Arthur Blank

Net worth: $1.8 billion

Age: 71

Arthur Blank is the founder of Home Depot. Blank also owns the Atlanta Falcons.


#12 Jim Irsay

Net worth: $1.6 billion

Age: 54

Jim Irsay owns the Indianapolis Colts.

Irsay is known for purchasing Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road,' original manuscript in 2001 for $US2.4 million.


#13 John Henry

Net worth: $1.5 billion

Age: 64

John Henry bought the Red Sox in 2002, he also owns Liverpool FC. Henry made his fortune from his hedge fun J.W. Henry and Company.


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