Owners Rich List 2022

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? Having previously identified the wealthiest sports club owners in 2020, we at OLBG wanted to update the data to find out 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.

Owners Rich List 2022
Owners Rich List 2022 - Top 10

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

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? Having previously identified the wealthiest sports club owners in 2020, we at OLBG wanted to update the data to find out 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 95,700 MILLION dollars!

Wealth Rank Name Club(s) Wealth USD
1 Steve Ballmer Los Angeles Clippers $95,700,000,000
2 Mukesh Ambani Mumbai Indians $94,700,000,000
3 Carlos Slim Real Oviedo $80,900,000,000
4 David Thomson Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose $50,500,000,000
5 François Pinault & family Stade Rennais FC $43,500,000,000
6 Dietrich Mateschitz New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, FC Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig $28,500,000,000
7 Sheikh Mansour Manchester City, Melbourne City FC, New York City FC, Mumbai City FC $22,900,000,000
8 Daniel Gilbert Cleveland Cavaliers $21,580,000,000
9 Ann and Stanley Kroenke Arsenal FC, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids $19,800,000,000
10 Mohammad Bin Salman Newcastle United $18,000,000,000
11 Steve Cohen New York Mets $17,400,000,000
12 David Tepper Carolina Panthers, Charlotte FC $16,700,000,000
13 Robert Pera Memphis Grizzlies $16,200,000,000
14 Andrea Agnelli and family Juventus $13,500,000,000
15 John Fredriksen Vålerenga Fotball $12,100,000,000
16 Philip Anschutz Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy $11,000,000,000
17 Christopher Johnson New York Jets $10,700,000,000
18 Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys $10,600,000,000
19 The Coates Family Stoke City $9,400,000,000
20 Chien Lee Barnsley FC, FC Thun, KV Oostende, AS Nancy, Esbjerg fB, FC Den Bosch $9,100,000,000
21 Joseph Tsai Brooklyn Nets $8,600,000,000
22 Robert Kraft New England Patriots, New England Revolution $8,300,000,000
23 Hasso Plattner & family San Jose Sharks $8,200,000,000
23 Stephen Ross Miami Dolphins $8,200,000,000
25 Nassef Sawiris Aston Villa $8,000,000,000
25 Nasser Al-Khelaifi Paris Saint-Germain FC, Paris Saint-Germain Handball $8,000,000,000
27 Shahid Khan Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham FC $7,800,000,000
28 Henry Samueli Anaheim Ducks, San Diego Gulls $7,600,000,000
29 Zhang Jindong Inter Milan $7,400,000,000
30 Arthur Blank Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC $7,300,000,000
31 Silvio Berlusconi A.C. Monza $7,200,000,000
32 Dmitry Rybolovlev FC Monaco $6,700,000,000
33 Micky Arison Miami Heat $6,600,000,000
34 Rocco Commisso ACF Fiorentina, New York Cosmos $6,400,000,000
35 Tony Ressler Atlanta Hawks $6,200,000,000
36 Steve Bisciotti Baltimore Ravens $6,100,000,000
37 Tom Gores Detroit Pistons $6,000,000,000
38 Ed Roski Jr. Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers $5,900,000,000
39 Joshua Harris Crystal Palace $5,800,000,000
39 Terry Pegula Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, Buffalo Bills $5,800,000,000
39 Tilman Fertitta Houston Rockets $5,800,000,000
42 Woody Johnson New York Jets $5,650,000,000
43 Dietmar Hopp TSG 1899 Hoffenheim $5,600,000,000
44 Charles Dolan New York Knicks, New York Rangers $5,500,000,000
45 Joe Lewis Tottenham Hotspur $5,400,000,000
46 Charles B. Johnson San Francisco Giants $5,200,000,000
47 Joe Ricketts Chicago Cubs $5,000,000,000
48 Guo Guangchang Wolverhampton Wanderers $4,800,000,000
48 Rinat Akhmetov FC Shakhtar Donetsk $4,800,000,000
48 The Saputo Family Bologna Football Club, CF Montréal $4,800,000,000
51 Mark Cuban Dallas Mavericks $4,700,000,000
52 Ted Lerner Washington Nationals $4,600,000,000
53 Todd Boehly Chelsea FC, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers $4,500,000,000
53 Daryl Katz Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, Bakersfield Condors $4,500,000,000
53 David Bonderman Seattle Kraken $4,500,000,000
56 Dan Friedkin A.S. Roma $4,400,000,000
56 Marian Ilitch Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings $4,400,000,000
56 Rocky Wirtz Chicago Blackhawks $4,400,000,000
56 Vincent Viola Florida Panthers $4,400,000,000
60 Paul Singer A.C. Milan $4,300,000,000
61 Janice McNair Houston Texans $4,200,000,000
62 Dan Snyder Washington Commanders $4,000,000,000
62 Denise DeBartolo York San Francisco 49ers $4,000,000,000
64 Stephen Pagliuca Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio $3,870,000,000
65 Gayle Benson New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans $3,800,000,000
65 Jimmy Haslam Cleveland Browns, Columbus Crew $3,800,000,000
67 Arturo Moreno Los Angeles Angels $3,600,000,000
67 Craig Leipold Minnesota Wild $3,600,000,000
67 John W. Henry Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC $3,600,000,000
70 Herbert Simon Indiana Pacers $3,500,000,000
70 Jeffrey Lurie Philadelphia Eagles $3,500,000,000
70 Jim Irsay Indianapolis Colts $3,500,000,000
70 The Glazer Family Manchester United, Tampa Bay Buccaneers $3,500,000,000
70 Wes Edens Milwaukee Bucks $3,500,000,000
75 John S. Middleton Philadelphia Phillies $3,400,000,000
76 Bob Gaglardi Dallas Stars $3,300,000,000
76 Francesco Aquilini Vancouver Canucks $3,300,000,000
78 Jeremy Jacobs Boston Bruins $3,000,000,000
78 Kyle Krause Parma Calcio 1913 $3,000,000,000
80 Farhad Moshiri Everton FC $2,800,000,000
80 Guochuan Lai West Bromwich Albion $2,800,000,000
80 Norman Murray Edwards Calgary Flames $2,800,000,000
83 Glen Taylor Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx $2,600,000,000
84 John J. Fisher Oakland Athletics $2,500,000,000
84 Stephen Lansdown Bristol City $2,500,000,000
86 Ray Davis Texas Rangers $2,300,000,000
87 Dermot Desmond Celtic FC $2,200,000,000
88 The Srivaddhanaprabha Family Leicester City $2,150,000,000
89 Clark Hunt Kansas City Chiefs, FC Dallas $2,000,000,000
89 Kyril Louis-Dreyfus Sunderland AFC $2,000,000,000
91 Jerry Reinsdorf Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls $1,800,000,000
91 Marc Lasry Milwaukee Bucks $1,800,000,000
93 Geoff Molson Montreal Canadiens $1,750,000,000
94 Michael Jordan Charlotte Hornets, 23XI Racing $1,700,000,000
94 Virginia Halas McCaskey Chicago Bears $1,700,000,000
96 David Sullivan and David Gold West Ham United $1,620,000,000
97 Ted Leonsis Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Capital City Go-Go, Washington Mystics $1,600,000,000
98 Dragan Šolak Southampton FC $1,400,000,000
98 Mike Bidwill Arizona Cardinals $1,400,000,000
100 Amy Adams Strunk Tennessee Titans $1,300,000,000
100 Marco Squinzi U.S. Sassuolo Calcio $1,300,000,000
100 Tony Bloom Brighton & Hove Albion, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise $1,300,000,000
100 Veronica Squinzi U.S. Sassuolo Calcio $1,300,000,000
100 Zygi Wilf Minnesota Vikings, Orlando City SC, Orlando Pride $1,300,000,000

Steve Balmer

Steve Ballmer

Wealth:  £72,8 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. Since placing second in our 2020 appraisal of the richest sports club owners, his wealth has surged by $26.1 billion, making him the richest sports club owner in the world in 2022.


Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

Wealth:  £72,0 billion
Sport:  Cricket (Indian Premier League)

Despite seeing his net worth grow by $23.2 billion, our previous richest sports club owner, Mukesh Ambani, is now the second wealthiest in the world with a total wealth of $94.7 billion, which is approximately $1 billion less than Steve Ballmer. While Ambani’s cricket team, the Mumbai Indians, won both the 2019 and 2020 seasons of the Indian Premier League, they only managed to reach 5th place in 2021, showing that money can’t always guarantee success on the field.


Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim

Wealth:  £61,5 billion
Sport:  Football (Segunda División)

In third place, we have the richest person in Mexico and formerly the world’s wealthiest individual, Carlos Slim. Slim owns second division Spanish football team Real Oviedo through his global conglomerate Grupo Carso. His financial worth currently stands at $80.9 billion, up by $30 billion from when we last conducted this study in 2020!


David Thomson

David Thomson

Wealth:  £38,4 billion
Sport:  Ice Hockey (NHL), Ice Hockey (AHL)

David Thomson is the richest owner of a hockey team with a net worth of $50.5 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:  £33,0 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 $43.5 billion in 2022.


Dietrich Mateschitz

Dietrich Mateschitz

Wealth:  £21,6 billion
Sport:  Football (MLS), Motor Racing (Formula One), Football (Austrian Bundesliga), Football (Bundesliga)

Dietrich Mateschitz is the wealthiest owner of an American Major League Soccer team, having acquired the then named “MetroStars” which were rebranded as the New York Red Bulls. Mateschitz’s interest in sports ownership also extends to German and Austrian football, counting FC Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig among his acquisitions, as well as the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. In sixth place overall, Dietrich Mateschitz has a combined wealth of $28.5 billion.


Sheikh Mansour

Sheikh Mansour

Wealth: £17,4 billion
Sport:  Football (Premier League), Football (A-League Men), Football (MLS), Football (Indian Super League)

The richest owner of a Premier League football club is Sheikh Mansour, who owns Manchester City and is worth approximately $22.9 billion or just over £17.4 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 is also the owner of three other football teams from across the world; Melbourne City FC, New York City FC, and MumbaiCity FC.


Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

Wealth: £16,4 billion
Sport:  Basketball (NBA)

In eighth place is Daniel Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, who is worth $21.6 billion. 


Ann and Stanley Kroenke

Ann and Stanley Kroenke

Wealth: £15,0 billion
Sports:  Football (Premier League), American Football (NFL), Basketball (NBA), Ice Hockey (NHL), Football (MLS)

Meanwhile, Ann and Stanley Kroenke claim ninth place with a net worth of $19.8 billion and own five separate sports teams including the Premier League’s Arsenal FC and the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.


Mohammad Bin Salman

Mohammad Bin Salman

Wealth:  £13,6 billion
Sport:  Football (Premier League)

In tenth place is Mohammad Bin Salman, responsible for the recent 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 holding 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 $18 billion.


Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

Wealth:  £13,2 billion
Sport:  Baseball (MLB)

Steve Cohen is the wealthiest owner in baseball, having acquired a 95% stake in the New York Mets from the Wilpon family in 2020 for $2.75 billion. Cohen currently ranks as the 11th wealthiest sports club owner with a net worth of $17.4 billion.

Also in the list are owners who have made their money from betting sites and online casinos. The Coates family, owners of Stoke City, also own the Words Largest Sports Betting Company, bet365.  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, previously winning more than $1,500,000 as a professional poker player as well as making money from online gambling companies.

Owners Rich List 2022 graphic


Methodology

We wanted to update our 2020 data to reveal the wealthiest sports club owners of 2022. We used data from Forbes billionaire rankings as well as other sources where this was not available and checked through our 2020 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 18th of March, 2022, 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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