You’re on this page, so I take it you’re a big fan of the NFL, and therefore already know much about how the league is structured. However, just in case you’re the type that is only interested in what happens on the field on match day, let’s give you a brief scoop on what happens when the players are done running into each other.
Recently the NFL teams have seen their values catapult, with the Dallas Cowboys sitting on top with an estimated value of $4 billion, now, that is far more than any other sports team in the world, and suffice it to say that the NFL is the richest/most valuable sport league not just in America but in the world, beating the NBA, MLS NHL and even the widely-loved EPL.
The rapid rise in the NFL team values also means that their owners are getting even richer. And while these owners were already rich before owning NFL teams, their choice to invest big in the franchise have more than paid off, helping them stay afloat has billionaires. According to Forbes, here are the 10 richest NFL Team owners.
10. Jimmy Haslam
Team: Cleveland Browns
Net worth: $2.8 billion
Jimmy made his billions as CEO of truck stop company, Pilot Flying J, a company he inherited from his father. He snapped up the Cleveland Browns franchise for $1 billion in 2012. The franchise which was then worth $977 M is now valued at $1.5 B. As revealed in the rather slow rise in value, the team’s performance has been relatively poor, but Haslam whose company enjoyed an amazing 25% profit in the past year doesn’t seem overly bothered. There are rumours that fans of the team are making plans to buy up the whole franchise for the purpose of bettering its performance.
9. Stephen Bisciotti
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Net worth: $3.2 billion
Biscotti co-founded Allegis Group, one of the world’s largest private staffing company with a revenue of over $11 B. His purchase of the NFL franchise helped to enhance his company through popularity. Last year, his team’s running back, Ray Rice was found guilty of domestic violence, which led to his indefinite suspension, causing the team to suffer repercussions, but that is now water under the bridge and the Ravens are up, winning back-to-back games, a few championships and qualifying for playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens team is now valued at $1.93 B.
8. Robert McNair
Team: Houston Texans
Net worth: $3.3 billion
Unlike his counterparts, Rob didn’t buy the team but formed it from scratch, all because of his passion for bringing the game to his hometown. Before his 80% stakes in Houston Texans skyrocketed to $1.85 B after half a billion rise in the past year, Rob first acquired affluence from the sale of his Cogen Tech to energy company, Enron for $1.5 B. His team is now valued at $2.5 B. That is sure to rise as he is keen on improving the team’s last season’s performance.
7. Terrence Pegula
Team: Buffalo Bills
Net worth: $4 billion
After the death of team founder and pioneer owner, Ralph Wilson, there was an immediate need for a new owner. At a bid to buy the franchise in September 2014 which included real estate billionaire Donald Trump, Pegular emerged as the winner, making him a newcomer to the list. In addition to Buffalo Bills, the real estate and natural gas tycoon also owns NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, AHL’s Rochester Americans, and the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits. The NFL franchise is currently valued at $1.4 billion.