Forbes lists 19 NFL billionaire owners

By The Sports Xchange  |  March 2, 2016 at 12:44 PM
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Forbes has named 19 NFL owners as billionaires in the magazine's annual richest list released this week.

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen tops the NFL list at $17.5 billion. Allen started Microsoft with Bill Gates, who remains the richest person in the world with a net worth of $75 billion.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is second on the NFL list at $12 billion, followed by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke ($7.7 billion).

Kroenke got approval in January to move his Rams from St. Louis to the Los Angeles area. He is building a $1.86 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Kroenke also owns the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and two soccer teams, the MLS Colorado Rapids and England's Arsenal.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan ($5.9 billion) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ($5 billion) round out the top five.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ($4.9 billion), Buffalo Bills' Terry Pegula ($4 billion), New York Giants' Joan Tisch ($3.3 billion), Houston Texas' Bob McNair ($3.3 billion), Baltimore Ravens' Steve Bisciotti ($3 billion), Atlanta Falcons' Arthur Blank ($2.6 billion), Indianapolis Colts' Jim Irsay ($2.3 billion), Cleveland Browns' Jimmy Haslam ($2.3 billion), New Orleans Saints' Tom Benson ($2.2 billion), Washington Redskins' Dan Snyder ($2.2 billion), San Francisco 49ers' Denise York ($1.9 billion), Philadelphia Eagles' Jeff Lurie ($1.8 billion), San Diego Chargers' Dean Spanos ($1.7 billion) and Detroit Lions' Martha Ford ($1.3 billion) also made the Forbes list.

There are now 63 billionaires who own a franchise in a major sports league around the world, Forbes announced in the list released Tuesday.

Steve Ballmer is the world's richest sports team owner with a net worth of $23.5 billion. The former CEO of Microsoft, who left the company in 2014, paid $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 when the NBA forced the sale of the team after racist statements made by then-owner Donald Sterling.

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