A-Rod and Lore Secure T-Wolves, Launch VC Firm

    • Rodriguez and Lore have officially secured a deal to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    • The pair are also launching a venture capital firm called Vision/Capital/People.

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With an agreement in place to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves — plus a new venture capital firm and a $500 million SPAC — Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore are on a major roll.

The deal for the Timberwolves — first reported by Front Office Sports on Thursday — also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and is expected to be about $1.5 billion. It will require the approval of NBA owners before it’s finalized.

The former New York Yankees star and Lore, the former e-commerce chief at Walmart, also made headlines Wednesday when they formed their own venture capital firm, Vision/Capital/People, or VCP.

VCP is launching with $50 million in funds from the duo. It could reportedly raise an additional $300 million to $500 million.

“If you have a big idea, you don’t want to start with a couple hundred grand,” Lore told CNBC. 

Together, Rodriguez and Lore have made some notable moves in the last six months: 

  • Successfully raised $500 million for their Slam Corp. SPAC, which intends to pursue business in sports, media, entertainment, health and wellness, and tech.
  • Backed an air-taxi company called Archer Aviation.
  • A-Rod joined the $650 million hospitality fund CGI Merchant Group to invest in hotels.

Rodriguez founded the A-Rod Corp. holding company in 1995. Its portfolio includes more than 30 companies and over $1 billion worth of real estate.

Lore’s e-commerce site, Jet.com, was acquired by Walmart for $3.3 billion in 2016. When he announced his departure from the retailer back in January, he correctly predicted: “I’m going to probably buy a sports team.”