In the Showtime popular TV show, Billions, the character, Sanford Bensinger posited that in America where monarchy does not exist, people are knighted by allowing them to own a sports team. In that regard, in the real world, there are a few Sirs and Dames in America, one of which is Jeanie Buss, the owner, and president of the famous Los Angeles Lakers.
Jeanie Buss is not a name those who are unfamiliar with the world of American basketball would know but she has been in the business of sports since she was 19 years of age, following in her father’s footsteps and has grown to become the owner of one of the top franchises in the NBA.
We explore everything you need to know about Jeanie Buss below, including her biography. Read on to learn more.
Who is Jeanie Buss and How Old is She?
Jeanie Buss was born as one of four children to her parents, Joann and Jerry Buss in Santa Monica, California on the 26th of September, 1961. She was the third child of her parents and the older of two daughters. She was 11 years old when her parents got divorced and although it was a challenging period in her life that caused emotional distress, she soldiered through.
Her first experience with running a sports team came at the age of 14 when she accompanied her father to a World Team Tennis meeting, sparking an interest in sports team ownership. At the age of 17, she moved in with her father and began to learn more about the world of sports team ownership.
Details of her education history are unknown but we do know that she graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business.
While she was still in college, she became the general manager of her first sports team, Los Angeles Strings in 1981 and although the team eventually folded in 1993, she gained enough valuable experience, enough to build a successful team with her second team, Los Angeles Blades, earning her an award from the Roller Hockey International league association as the Executive of the Year.
Since then, Jeanie Buss has gone on to serve in other roles as President of the Great Western Forum, Alternate Governor on the NBA Board of Governors and she was Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Lakers.
The excellence and conduct by which she performed her various roles earned her a spot on the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports in 2005. She eventually became the owner and President of the LA Lakers in 2013 and has held the position till date, becoming one of the most powerful personalities in the NBA in the process.
Apart from running LA Lakers, Jeanie Buss is a published author of the book, Laker Girl which was released in 2010 and she is also the owner of the Women of a Wrestling promotion.
Is Jeanie Buss Dating Anyone and Does She Have Kids?
Despite having been successful in other aspects of her life, particularly in sports, she hasn’t recorded the same level of success in her personal life. So far, Jeanie Buss has been known to be in two major relationships, one with former volleyball player, Steve Timmons and former Lakers coach, Phil Jackson.
Her relationship with Steve Timmons lasted well into a marriage that began in 1990 but it only lasted three years before they got divorced, with Jeanie attributing the failure of the marriage to her inability to put the marriage first, dedicating the majority of her time to running various sports teams.
After a few years, Jeanie Buss gave relationships another try and got involved with Phil Jackson, famed LA Lakers coach. The couple began to date in December 1999 and went as far as getting engaged. Unfortunately, the same challenge that caused the end of her first marriage resulted in the end of her relationship with Phil Jackson.
The couple, who had gotten engaged in December 2012, announced the end of their relationship in December 2016. So far, Jeanie Buss has remained publicly single ever since and has no children of her own.
She started out as the daughter of a wealthy man but through her own ingenuity, has carved out a name for herself, running one of the biggest and most popular NBA franchises in the world.
Along with other investments, particularly in real estate, Jeanie Buss has been able to accrue an estimated net worth of $500 million. She lives a luxurious life that fans can witness through her Instagram page, @jeaniebuss.