Over half the NFL owners represented on Forbes billionaire list

AP

Apparently, the NFL is a good place to get rich, or at least to play once you’re already rich.

A look at the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires shows plenty of familiar football names.

The list is topped by Seahawks owner Paul Allen (who was Microsoft rich with $17.5 billion, 51st in the world, before he decided to dabble in sports).

But he’s not alone, as more than half the NFL is owned by billionaires, with 16 other owners making the chart.

Forbes lists 1,826 people with a net worth of $1 billion or more (though they obviously left out Florio).

The other NFL names to make the list, with their net worth and rank: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ($6.5 billion, 216th), Rams owner Stan Kroenke ($6.3 billion, 225th) Jaguars owner Shad Khan ($4.5 billion, 360th), Patriots owner Robert Kraft ($4.3 billion,381st), Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ($4.2 billion, 393rd), Bills owner Terry Pegula ($3.8 billion, 452nd), Browns owner Jimmy Haslam ($2.8 billion, 663rd) Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti ($2.7 billion, 690th), Falcons owner Arthur Blank ($2.5 billion, 737th), Texans owner Bob McNair ($2.4 billion, 782nd), Saints owner Tom Benson ($1.9 billion, 1,006th), Colts owner Jim Irsay ($1.75 billion, 1,105th), Washington owner Daniel Snyder ($1.7 billion, 1,118th), Lions owner Martha Ford ($1.5 billion, 1,250th) Chargers owner Alex Spanos ($1.25 billion, 1,500th) and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie ($1.1 billion, 1,638th).

38 responses to “Over half the NFL owners represented on Forbes billionaire list

  1. I know the guy has a lot of dough, but someone in his inner circle has grow a set and have an uncomfortable discussion about his appearance with him.

  2. … and us regular Joe’s that just happen to live in the county where these billionaires’ teams play, have to subsidize their overhead and pay for their stadiums.

  3. Was surprised to see the Redskins knuckle-head owner ahead of the Detroit teams owner considering all that family money.

  4. The Chargers owner is worth 1.25 billion, but yet they can’t come up with a solution for a new stadium in San Diego? A billionaire wanting the middle class to pay for his stadium? The same can be said for Stan Kroenke and the Rams.

  5. When you take into account that one billion dollars could make 1000 people millionaires then, yeah, these guys are loaded. Our national debt could make 18 billion people millionaires. Scary.

  6. I don’t care that they are billionaires, congrats on being champions of life. I don’t know them and I don’t really know how any of them besides Ford got their money but for the love of god stop forcing more BS taxes on us!!!

  7. rukkus1 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 8:04 AM
    … and us regular Joe’s that just happen to live in the county where these billionaires’ teams play, have to subsidize their overhead and pay for their stadiums.
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    well, the 4th guy on that list payed for his stadium.

  8. Yep, numbers four and five reached into their own pockets to pay for stadiums. That’s how it should be. The NFL is the epitome of corporate welfare. Billionaires that operate a tax exempt business, anti-trust and anti-regulatory exemptions, all sorts of subsidies and they get stadiums built for them. Wonder if I can get the State of New York to build a facility for my business. I employ more full time people than most NFL teams.

  9. I really wish the people that say the NFL doesn’t pay taxes understood how the league is structured and that the owners pay taxes on nearly all the income the league receives.

  10. Every single one of these billionaires are NFL owners because they’re billionaires, not the other way around. You don’t see the Rooneys or Maras on this list, do you? Those are NFL families that make their money from the team. These guys make their money from Microsoft, Home Depot, oil, etc.

  11. Just out of curiosity, what would the total worth of all the Packers owners be? Just think, the Packer owners paid for Lambeau Field without taxing non fans.

  12. Ross tried to get tax money but got the big no vote. Who can blame him for trying we all try it on at some level I suppose. Anyway he had decided what the hell it’s only money and has paid for the renovations himself, fair play.

  13. rukkus1 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 8:04 AM
    … and us regular Joe’s that just happen to live in the county where these billionaires’ teams play, have to subsidize their overhead and pay for their stadiums.
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    well, the 4th guy on that list payed for his stadium.
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    Khan paid for his stadium?? pretty sure he wasn’t even an owner when that stadium was built so I’m guessing you can’t count and were referring to #5 Kraft and now I know where you’re from it makes sense….

  14. Saying the NFL does’t pay taxes is either ignorant or just lazy…

    Each team pays COMPLETE CORPORATE INCOME TAXES on the $ it makes….the NFL is a trade organization that receives & distributes the TV $ to each member club…which then pays COMPLETE CORPORATE INCOME TAXES on it…

    If the NFL itself paid taxes, the $ pro football makes would be taxed twice!!!!

    Congress created the NFL’s exemption 501(c)(6) in 1966 specifically for profession football leagues (ala – the NFL)

    Sooooo….please quit whining about the NFL not paying taxes…each club certainly does.

  15. sbmcintosh36 says:

    Khan paid for his stadium?? …. so I’m guessing you can’t count and were referring to #5 Kraft and now I know where you’re from it makes sense….
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    Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ($6.5 billion, 216th),
    Rams owner Stan Kroenke ($6.3 billion, 225th) Jaguars owner Shad Khan ($4.5 billion, 360th), Patriots owner Robert Kraft ($4.3 billion,381st)

    No, I can count quite fine……

  16. aljack88 says:
    Mar 3, 2015 6:19 PM
    sbmcintosh36 says:

    Khan paid for his stadium?? …. so I’m guessing you can’t count and were referring to #5 Kraft and now I know where you’re from it makes sense….
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    Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ($6.5 billion, 216th),
    Rams owner Stan Kroenke ($6.3 billion, 225th) Jaguars owner Shad Khan ($4.5 billion, 360th), Patriots owner Robert Kraft ($4.3 billion,381st)

    No, I can count quite fine……
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    #1 Paul Allen 17.5 billion ,so either you can’t read or count or possibly both

  17. I agree, Paul Allen’s style needs to change. 1) His teeth, how do you have billions of dollars and have teeth like that? 2) You can see him at Hawks games on the field before the game, he wears corduroy pants (black) with a blue (velvet?) bomber jacket, with what looks like black skechers and a Hawks hat. But, I mean, this isn’t LA. People make their money up here being uber-nerds.

  18. sbmcintosh36 says:

    …#1 Paul Allen 17.5 billion ,so either you can’t read or count or possibly both…

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    yea, you got me there.

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