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From Steve Ballmer to Michael Jordan: Majority of NBA owners crack Forbes’ billionaires list

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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer talks with Fergie before she performs during the intermission of the Clippers’ 114-89 victory over the Lakers Wednesday night Jan. 7, 2015 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Kevin Sullivan)


Forbes released its list of billionaires, and of course, several NBA owners were included:

FranchiseOwnerNet worth (billion)
Los Angeles ClippersSteve Ballmer21.5
Portland Trail BlazersPaul Allen17.5
Brooklyn NetsMikhail Prokhorov9.9
Miami HeatMicky Arison7.1
Denver NuggetsStan Kroenke6.3
Orlando MagicRichard DeVos5.7
Cleveland CavaliersDan Gilbert4.7
Detroit PistonsTom Gores3.2
Dallas MavericksMark Cuban3
Indiana PacersHerbert Simon2.9
Philadelphia 76ersJoshua Harris2.7
Minnesota TimberwolvesGlen Taylor2.4
New Orleans PelicansTom Benson1.9
Milwaukee BucksMarc Lasry*1.9
Memphis GrizzliesRobert J. Pera1.8
Houston RocketsLeslie Alexander1.6
Chicago BullsJerry Reinsdorf1.3
Charlotte HornetsMichael Jordan1

*Update: For the most part, I counted only a team’s primary owner (Governor). For the Bucks, that’s actually Wes Edens, who didn’t make the Forbes list. His co-owner, Lasry, did, though.

Knicks owner James Dolan didn’t make the cut, but his father, Charles Dolan, is worth $4.3 billion.

The other primary owners who didn’t crack the list:

  • Bruce Levenson (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Wyc Grousbeck (Boston Celtics)
  • Joe Lacob (Golden State Warriors),Jeanie Buss (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Clayton Bennett (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Robert Sarver (Phoenix Suns)
  • Vivek Ranadivé (Sacramento Kings)
  • Peter Holt (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Raptors)Greg Miller (Utah Jazz)
  • Ted Leonsis (Washington Wizards)