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At $13.5 billion, Paul Allen is NFL’s richest owner

Paul Allen

Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen watches from behind the basket during the second half of the Blazers’ NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March, 5, 2011. Portland beat Charlotte 93-69. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


Forbes is out with its annual list of the richest people in the world, and Seahawks owner Paul Allen checks in at No. 37, making him the NFL’s richest owner, with a net worth of $13.5 billion.

Allen, who founded Microsoft with his pal Bill Gates in 1975, is more than $10 billion richer than the second-richest owner, Stephen Ross of the Dolphins, who checks in at $3.4 billion.

Some NFL players have objected to the league’s current labor relationships being described as “millionaires vs. billionaires,” as plenty of NFL players aren’t millionaires. But it’s also worth noting that a lot of NFL owners aren’t billionaires; according to Sports Illustrated the poorest NFL owner is Pittsburgh’s Dan Rooney, who owns only a portion of the Steelers and has a net worth of $150 million.

Which still makes him richer than every NFL player.