Owners Rich List 2023

We all know that there’s a lot of money in sport, but just how rich do you have to be to own your own top-tier sports team?

Owners Rich List 2023
Owners Rich List 2023 - Top 10

Just how wealthy are the owners of our favorite sports clubs?

We all know that there’s a lot of money in sports, but just how rich do you have to be to own your own top-tier sports team? Having previously identified the wealthiest sports club owners in 2020 and 2022, we at OLBG wanted to update the data to determine how things have changed.

We’ve scoured the top sporting leagues across the most popular sports, including NFL, NBA, NHL & MLB, to find the 100 richest sports club owners.

The chart above rounds the figures up to Billions and below the wealth column in the table is the number of millions - yes That is Steve Balmer with 99,200 MILLION dollars!

Wealth Rank Name Club(s) Wealth USD
1 Steve Ballmer Los Angeles Clippers $99,200,000,000
2 Carlos Slim Real Oviedo $84,600,000,000
3 Mukesh Ambani Mumbai Indians $75,800,000,000
4 David Thomson Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose $52,000,000,000
5 François Pinault & family Stade Rennais FC $41,700,000,000
6 Sheikh Mansour Manchester City, Melbourne City FC, New York City FC, Mumbai City FC $40,000,000,000
7 Mohammad Bin Salman Newcastle United $25,000,000,000
8 Daniel Gilbert Cleveland Cavaliers $20,200,000,000
9 Andrea Agnelli and family Juventus $19,100,000,000
10 David Tepper Carolina Panthers, Charlotte FC $15,500,000,000
11 Ann and Stanley Kroenke Arsenal FC, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids $14,900,000,000
12 Hasso Plattner & family San Jose Sharks $14,000,000,000
13 Steve Cohen New York Mets $13,200,000,000
14 Philip Anschutz Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy $13,200,000,000
15 Jim Ratcliffe Nice $12,100,000,000
16 Robert Pera Memphis Grizzlies $11,900,000,000
17 Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys $11,000,000,000
18 Christopher Johnson New York Jets $10,700,000,000
19 The Coates Family Stoke City $10,563,000,000
20 Dmitry Rybolovlev FC Monaco $10,500,000,000
21 Micky Arison Miami Heat $10,500,000,000
22 John Fredriksen Vålerenga Fotball $9,130,000,000
23 Stephen Ross Miami Dolphins $8,890,000,000
24 Tilman Fertitta Houston Rockets $8,690,000,000
25 Chien Lee Barnsley FC, FC Thun, KV Oostende, AS Nancy, Esbjerg fB, FC Den Bosch $8,561,000,000
26 Ed Roski Jr. Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers $8,270,000,000
27 Dietmar Hopp TSG 1899 Hoffenheim $8,220,000,000
28 Terry Pegula Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, Buffalo Bills $8,210,000,000
29 Zhang Jindong Inter Milan $8,100,000,000
30 Nasser Al-Khelaifi Paris Saint-Germain FC, Paris Saint-Germain Handball $8,000,000,000
31 Henry Samueli Anaheim Ducks, San Diego Gulls $7,800,000,000
32 Rocco Commisso ACF Fiorentina, New York Cosmos $7,800,000,000
33 Joshua Harris Crystal Palace $7,320,000,000
34 Robert Kraft New England Patriots, New England Revolution $7,210,000,000
35 Silvio Berlusconi A.C. Monza $7,120,000,000
36 Arthur Blank Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC $7,000,000,000
37 Nassef Sawiris Aston Villa $6,840,000,000
38 Tony Ressler Atlanta Hawks $6,730,000,000
39 Steve Bisciotti Baltimore Ravens $6,500,000,000
40 Ted Lerner Washington Nationals $6,500,000,000
41 Todd Boehly Chelsea FC, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers $6,410,000,000
42 Mark Cuban Dallas Mavericks $6,370,000,000
43 Woody Johnson New York Jets $6,310,000,000
44 Joe Lewis Tottenham Hotspur $6,300,000,000
45 Shahid Khan Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham FC $6,240,000,000
46 Joe Ricketts Chicago Cubs $6,020,000,000
47 Tom Gores Detroit Pistons $6,000,000,000
48 Joseph Tsai Brooklyn Nets $5,950,000,000
49 Paul Singer A.C. Milan $5,500,000,000
50 Guo Guangchang Wolverhampton Wanderers $5,400,000,000
51 Charles B. Johnson San Francisco Giants $5,340,000,000
52 Rinat Akhmetov FC Shakhtar Donetsk $5,240,000,000
53 Denise DeBartolo York San Francisco 49ers $5,100,000,000
54 Charles Dolan New York Knicks, New York Rangers $5,090,000,000
55 The Saputo Family Bologna Football Club, CF Montréal $4,900,000,000
56 Dan Snyder Washington Commanders $4,900,000,000
57 Jimmy Haslam Cleveland Browns, Columbus Crew $4,800,000,000
58 The Glazer Family Manchester United, Tampa Bay Buccaneers $4,769,000,000
59 Gayle Benson New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans $4,700,000,000
60 Jeffrey Lurie Philadelphia Eagles $4,400,000,000
61 Janice McNair Houston Texans $4,200,000,000
62 Arturo Moreno Los Angeles Angels $4,100,000,000
63 Jeremy Jacobs Boston Bruins $4,100,000,000
64 David Bonderman Seattle Kraken $4,000,000,000
65 Marian Ilitch Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings $4,000,000,000
66 John W. Henry Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC $4,000,000,000
67 Jim Irsay Indianapolis Colts $3,900,000,000
68 Stephen Pagliuca Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio $3,880,000,000
69 Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha Leicester City $3,669,000,000
70 Evangelos Marinakis Nottingham Forest $3,669,000,000
71 Craig Leipold Minnesota Wild $3,600,000,000
72 Daryl Katz Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, Bakersfield Condors $3,500,000,000
73 Wes Edens Milwaukee Bucks $3,400,000,000
74 John S. Middleton Philadelphia Phillies $3,400,000,000
75 Dan Friedkin A.S. Roma $3,300,000,000
76 Francesco Aquilini Vancouver Canucks $3,300,000,000
77 Vincent Viola Florida Panthers $3,200,000,000
78 Herbert Simon Indiana Pacers $2,900,000,000
79 Bob Gaglardi Dallas Stars $2,900,000,000
80 Farhad Moshiri Everton FC $2,800,000,000
81 Guochuan Lai West Bromwich Albion $2,800,000,000
82 Glen Taylor Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx $2,700,000,000
83 Ray Davis Texas Rangers $2,500,000,000
84 Kyril Louis-Dreyfus Sunderland AFC $2,446,000,000
85 Norman Murray Edwards Calgary Flames $2,400,000,000
86 Stephen Lansdown Bristol City $2,300,000,000
87 John J. Fisher Oakland Athletics $2,200,000,000
88 Dermot Desmond Celtic FC $2,200,000,000
89 Clark Hunt Kansas City Chiefs, FC Dallas $2,000,000,000
90 Virginia Halas McCaskey Chicago Bears $2,000,000,000
91 Marc Lasry Milwaukee Bucks $1,800,000,000
92 Michael Jordan Charlotte Hornets, 23XI Racing $1,700,000,000
93 Ted Leonsis Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Capital City Go-Go, Washington Mystics $1,600,000,000
94 Amy Adams Strunk Tennessee Titans $1,600,000,000
95 Tony Bloom Brighton & Hove Albion, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise $1,590,000,000
96 Jerry Reinsdorf Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls $1,560,000,000
97 David Sullivan West Ham United $1,467,000,000
98 Mike Bidwill Arizona Cardinals $1,400,000,000
99 Zygi Wilf Minnesota Vikings, Orlando City SC, Orlando Pride $1,300,000,000
100 Marco and Veronica Squinzi U.S. Sassuolo Calcio $1,280,000,000

Steve Balmer

Steve Ballmer

Wealth:  $99.2 billion
Sport: Basketball (NBA)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acquired the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team in 2014 for what was a record-breaking $2 billion. After topping the charts in 2022, Ballmer has kept hold of the top spot and a previous fortune of $95.7bn has now swelled to $99.2bn instead. At this rate, a wealth of $100bn+ cannot be all that far away either. 

Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim

Wealth:  $84.6 billion
Sport:  Football (Segunda División)

In the second place, we have the richest person in Mexico and formerly the world’s wealthiest individual, Carlos Slim. Through his global conglomerate Grupo Carso, Slim owns Real Oviedo who currently ply their trade in the Spanish Segunda Division. His financial worth currently stands at $84.6 billion, up by $3.7 billion from when we last conducted this study in 2022.

Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

Wealth:  $75.8 billion
Sport:  Cricket (Indian Premier League)

Dropping down to third on the list is Mukesh Ambani. After being worth $94.7bn, the owner of Mumbai Indians has now shed almost $20bn in overall wealth. A significant decline but in fairness, $75.8bn in his bank account will soften the blow somewhat.

Ambani oversaw success in the IPL when the Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy in 2019 and 2020. However, 2022 would see them finish bottom of the regular season table and this only highlights that even a multitude of riches cannot necessarily buy you success. 

David Thomson

David Thomson

Wealth:  $52 billion
Sport:  Ice Hockey (NHL), Ice Hockey (AHL)

David Thomson is the richest owner of a hockey team with a net worth of $52 billion, earning him a 4th place spot in our ranking. His two teams, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose are both based in Winnipeg, Canada, and compete in the NHL and AHL, respectively.

François Pinault

François Pinault

Wealth:  $41.7 billion
Sport:  Football (Ligue 1)

The wealthiest owner of a French football team is Francois Pinault, whose club Stade Rennais FC competes in Ligue 1, the top league in France. His net worth stands at $41.7 billion in 2023.

Sheikh Mansour

Sheikh Mansour

Wealth: $40 billion
Sport:  Football (Premier League), Football (A-League Men), Football (MLS), Football (Indian Super League)

The richest Premier League football club owner is Sheikh Mansour, who owns Manchester City and is worth $40 billion. Mansour is not only incredibly wealthy but is also the Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and is a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family. He also oversees the running of the City Football Group. Although it includes Melbourne City, New York City, and Mumbai City, the group currently has 11 men’s and 6 women’s clubs in its portfolio. 

Mohammad Bin Salman

Mohammad Bin Salman

Wealth:  $25 billion
Sport:  Football (Premier League)

In tenth place is Mohammad Bin Salman, responsible for the 2021 acquisition of Newcastle FC. This takeover divided fans of the club due to the influence of oil money on the sport, as well as controversy over the human rights record of Saudi Arabia whose government’s sovereign wealth fund is the official majority owner of the team. As the Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, among other important government positions, it should come as no surprise that Mohammad Bin Salman is among the wealthiest sports club owners, with a reported net worth of $25 billion.

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

Wealth: $20.2 billion
Sport:  Basketball (NBA)

In eighth place is Daniel Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, worth $20.2 billion. Most of Gilbet’s riches have been generated from his successful mortgage loans business.

Andrea Agnelli and Family

Wealth: $19.1 billion    
Sport: Football (Serie A)

In ninth place is the Agnelli family, which has overseen the ownership of Juventus since 1949. Admittedly there has been recent turmoil with the Turin club, as a points deduction has meant that former president Andrea has recently stepped down.

However, the family still owns the Old Lady, and with Andrea’s fortune now standing at $19.1 billion, the Italian giants are still well-positioned to mix it with the best teams in Serie A. 

David Tepper

Wealth: $15.5 billion    
Sport: American Football (NFL)

In tenth place is David Tepper, owner of the Carolina Panthers NFL team, worth $15.5 billion. Tepper’s riches came from his impressive abilities as a hedge fund manager. However, it has created a tremendous amount of wealth, the 65-year-old plans to turn it into a family office eventually.     

Also on the list are owners who have made money from betting sites and online casinos

The Coates family, owners of Stoke City, also own the Words Largest Sports Betting Company, bet365, which started as a UK betting site before expanding globally and recently launching a New Jersey online casino.  

Tony Bloom, the owner of Premier League football team Brighton, has recently become a little richer after his racehorse won a major race at the Cheltenham Festival

He reportedly collected over £500,000 on his bets and a further £250,000 in prize money. Bloom has owned Brighton since 2009, winning over $1,500,000 as a professional poker player and making money from online gambling companies.

Owners Rich List 2023 graphic


We wanted to update our 2022 data to reveal the wealthiest sports club owners of 2023. We used data from Forbes billionaire rankings Bloomsberg Billionaires as well as other sources where this was not available and checked through our 2022 data to update the figures. 

We then supplemented this by checking the owners of major clubs across the most popular sports to ensure we didn’t miss any wealthy owners.

Data was collected on Friday 27th of March, 2023, with currencies being converted on the same day from USD to GBP. We used exchange rates from Xe.com to convert the currencies.

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