There was a time when sports weren’t nearly as mainstream, and owning a team in a major sport basically meant you only had to be a mildly successful businessman. These days, sports franchises are worth hundreds of millions, with some of them reaching billions of dollars in estimated value. The only people that can afford these teams are already billionaires who want to pad their wallets a little more. It's almost like treating yourself to a cool new toy, be it a yacht, another luxury mansion, or a private jet. A sports team is just another possession for these owners.
Even getting a minority stake in the team involves a group of super rich investors, and a lot of these groups include A-list celebrities. Some of the highest paid celebrities are still only worth about $200 million, so they can’t purchase the teams on their own. Still, there are plenty of part ownership opportunities to be had.
So who makes the list of celebrity sports team owners? This list includes only celebrities that still have a share in the teams that they originally threw money into. There are plenty of celebrities that no longer own teams, such as George W. Bush, Jay-Z, Bob Hope and Elton John. With that said, here are 15 celebrities that currently own sports teams.
15 Magic Johnson
14 Drew Carey
13 Michael Jordan
12 Michelle Williams
10 Ron Jaworski
9 Bill Murray
8 Russell Crowe
7 Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley
5 David Letterman
4 Bill Maher
3 Justin Timberlake
2 Will Smith
1 Miami Dolphins Entourage of Stars
The Robbie family started the Miami Dolphins, and owned the team until 1993 when it was sold to Wayne Huizenga. Huizenga relinquished control of the team in 2009 to Stephen Ross, who purchased 95 percent of the franchise. The other five percent of the Miami Dolphins are owned by some random celebrities that grabbed a lot of headlines. These celebrities include Fergie (of Black Eyed Peas fame), Marc Anthony, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and both Venus and Serena Williams. How did they all get together? The world may never know.
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