The world’s 10 richest sports owners are worth a collective $353 billion, according to Forbes’ 2022 list.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tops the list with a net worth of $91.4 billion, a 33% year-over-year increase. He purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion eight years ago, and Forbes now values the team at $3.3 billion — in that time, Microsoft’s shares have ballooned by more than 600%.
Mukesh Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians, is not far behind with a net worth of $90.7 billion (+7%). After Ambani, the owners’ net worths take a dip.
- Stade Rennais FC owner François Pinault: $40.4 billion
- New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, and RB Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz: $27.4 billion
- Cleveland Cavaliers owner Daniel Gilbert: $22 billion (a 58% year-over-year drop)
The list rounds out with Masayoshi Son ($21.3 billion), Steve Cohen ($17.4 billion), David Tepper ($16.7 billion), Robert Pera ($14.6 billion), and Philip Anschutz ($10.9 billion).
Four of the top 10 owners saw their net worth fall from the same period last year.
Missed The List
For the first time in six years, Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, who was sanctioned by the U.K. government due to his ties to Russia, did not make the list. His net worth was more than halved from nearly $15 billion in January to $6.9 billion as of March 11.
Despite owning the world’s most valuable private sports empire — Kroenke Sports & Entertainment ($8.4 billion), which includes the Los Angeles Rams, Colorado Avalanche, and Denver Nuggets — Stan Kroenke is $200 million short of making the Forbes list.