The 12 Richest Sports Team Owners in the World

Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, cheers on his team.

Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers | Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

It doesn’t matter how you look at it, professional sports and money are greatly intertwined. So much so that the highest-paid athletes in the world earn ridiculous amount of cash. Of course, if you think that’s unfair, just wait until you learn about the individuals who own sports franchises. That’s when things really get out of hand. According to Forbes, there are now 63 billionaires who own at least one team in a major sports league around the world.

In fact, these individuals — whose net worths combine to reach $285 billion — actually own “81 teams across seven sports and 12 leagues.” If you feel a bit salty at the moment, don’t worry. You’re not alone. As you might expect, even when Forbes was compiling its list of “The World’s Richest Sports Team Owners 2016,” some names stood out among the rest; the wealthiest of the wealthy, so to speak. Therefore, we found it only natural to take a harder look at the 12 richest sports team owners on the planet.