The annual list of the richest people in the world, published by Forbes magazine, shows that investing in the sports segment has been good business for a coveted club of billionaires making the ranking in 2022. Together, the ten owners of he richest sports teams in the world have a net worth of US$353 billion, some around Rs. 1.78 trillion converting.
According to the publication, the combined fortunes of the sports moguls have remained stagnant over the past year, despite market volatility and rising inflation across the globe.
Diversifying wealth through investments in sports is nothing new among members of the list, especially in the United States, where dozens of billionaires buy stakes in professional league clubs – such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS – Taxes the country’s IRS for the purpose of lowering wages.
The big highlight of the category ranking is Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, who took the top spot as the owner of the richest sports team in the world.
With an estimated net worth of $91.4 billion, he overtook Mukesh Ambani, CEO of Reliance Industries and owner of Mumbai Indians, who has a net worth of $90.7 billion.
For seven years, the two led the biggest fortunes in the sporting world.
Ballmer climbed the list due to a rise in shares of Microsoft, the company of which he was once CEO and which has enriched him by 33% since the previous edition of the Forbes ranking.
At the time, its estimated value was $68.7 billion. He is now the 9th richest man in the world.
The list is led by Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, who earned over BRL 10,000 per second in 2021 and has assets of US$219 billion.
Chelsea crushed by penalties
Another name that caught the eye is that of Roman Abramovich, who lost billions and fell from 142nd to 350th place among the rich. He no longer even appears among the wealthiest people as “sports team owners” (he was ranked 8th in 2021).
He is part of a group of Russian oligarchs whose assets were confiscated and confiscated following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military.,
Now the future former owner of Chelsea FC (he’s put the team up for sale, but his assets are frozen, preventing deals) has started the year with $15 billion in equity, a value that is growing. amounted to $6.9 billion. The dollar has fallen. in March.
Other billionaires behind big football clubs are on the Forbes list:
- Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal), $10.7 billion;
- Nassef Saviris (Aston Villa), $7.7 billion;
- Dmitry Rybolovlev (Monaco) 6.6;
- Rocco Comiso (Fiorentina), $6.1 billion;
- Paul Singer (Milan), $4.3 billion;
- John Henry (Liverpool), $3.6 billion;
- Florentino Perez Rodriguez (Real Madrid), $2 billion.
The owners of other big teams such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are not listed, as the clubs are owned by investment groups.
Find out who the 10 billionaire sports team owners are:
1st Steve Ballmer (66; USA)
Team: Los Angeles Clippers (NBA basketball team)
Funding source: Microsoft
Net worth: $91.4 billion
Second Mukesh Ambani (64 years old; India)
Team: Mumbai Indians (Indian Premier League cricket team)
Source of Wealth: Miscellaneous
Net worth: $90.7 billion
Third François Pinault (85; France)
Team: Stade Renais FC – Rennes (French football club)
Source of wealth: luxury goods
Wealth: $40.4 billion
Fourth Dietrich Mateschitz (77; Austria)
Teams: New York Red Bull (football, plays in MLS), Red Bull Racing (Formula 1), RB Leipzig (German team, plays in Bundesga)
Source of Wealth: Red Bull
Net worth: $27.4 billion
5th Daniel Gilbert (60; USA)
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers (basketball, NBA)
Funding Source: Quick Loans/Explosive Companies
Net worth: $22 billion
Sixth Masayoshi Son (64 years old; Japan)
Team: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (Nippon Professional Baseball – NPA Baseball Team)
Source of funding: Internet, Telecom
Net worth: $21.3 billion
7th Steve Cohen (65; USA)
Team: New York Mets (Major League Baseball team)
Funding source: Hedge fund
Net worth: $17.4 billion
8th David Tepper (64; USA)
Team: Carolina Panthers (football club, member of the NFC South)
Funding source: Hedge fund
Equity: US$16.7 billion
9th Robert Pera (44; USA)
Team: Memphis Grizzlies (Basketball, NBA)
Funding source: wireless network equipment
Net worth: $14.6 billion
10th Philippe Anschutz (82; USA)
Teams: Los Angeles Kings (ice hockey team), LA Galaxy (football, MLS)
Source of wealth: Investment
Equity: US$10.9 billion