Jayhawks Jersey 21 Joel Embiid Authentic White College Basketball Stitched

No wonder President Obama wants to raise taxes on billionaires. There are now three more of them to go after, at least in the NFL.

Some of those rich folks enjoying a net worth right in the ten figure range tend to slide on and off the annual Forbes billionaires list, depending on which side of the billion dollar ledger their assets sit on at the time. This year, NFL owners William C. Ford Sr. (Detroit Lions), Bud Adams (Tennessee Titans) and Denise DeBartolo York (San Francisco 49ers) all jump onto the list. Also added: billionaire auto parts man Shahid Khan, who joined the NFL fraternity in January after his purchase of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It adds up to 18 billionaires among the NFL’s 31 owners (the Green Bay Packers are owned by public shareholders), far more than any other U.S. sports league.  Most made their own money, some primarily through their ownership stakes in their teams (the Colts’ Jim Irsay and the Eagles Jeffrey Luria fall into this group). That says a lot about the power of the NFL - where else can millionaire become a billionaire by buying a sports team and watching it grow?

Full List: NFL's Billionaire Owners

Leading the pack as usual: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose $15 billion net worth is roughly one-third of the entire NFL. In fact, Allen, who also owns the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, is worth nearly half the collective $33.8 billion of the league’s other 17 billionaires.

Running a distant second to Allen: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a real estate mogul worth $4.4 billion who’s tried to add some glitz to the franchise by selling minority shares to a celebrity list that includes Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and the Williams sisters. The ploy hasn’t done much – the Dolphins were 28th in the league in attendance last season.  Right behind Ross: the Rams' Stan Kroenke ($4 billion), followed by Tampa Bay’s Malcolm Glazer ($3.6 billion), the Cowboys' Jerry Jones ($2.7 billion) and Jacksonville’s Khan ($2.5 billion). If you need proof that deep pocketed ownership doesn’t necessarily translate into wins, check Florida. The owners of the Dolphins, Jaguars and Bucs, worth a collective $10.5 billion, won a combined 15 of 48 games last season.

In fact, only four of 18 billionaire owners - Tom Benson, Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones and Irsay - have won Super Bowls (we won’t count DeBartolo York, who didn’t personally control the 49ers until after their championship years). A billion dollar wallet doesn’t guarantee success in the NFL. But with most franchises now worth that much, it’s almost a necessity for getting a seat at the table.

The List:

1. Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks ($15 billion)

2. Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins ($4.4 billion)

3. Stan Kroenke, St. Louis Rams ($4 billion)

4. Malcolm Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3.6 billion)

5. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys ($2.7 billion)

Click here to see more of the NFL's Billionaire Owners


 Follow Me on Twitter

Basketball Stitched Mcdermott Jersey 3 Bluejays Light Doug College Blue

I covered the business of sports for Forbes from 2005 to 2014, including a lot of baseball. I like baseball, and I also like numbers. I love it when the two intersect, w...

College Orange Brian 98 Jersey Longhorns Orakpo Stitched
Jayhawks Jersey 21 Joel Embiid Authentic White College Basketball Stitched
Jayhawks Jersey 21 Joel Embiid Authentic White College Basketball
Body (Colors): 100% Pro-Brite nylon Body (White): 100% Pro-Brite polyester Side Panels/Collar/Cuffs: 100% lycratalic spandex dazzle Engineered Stripe Collar and Cuffs (specific to team): 100% polyester Embroidered number on the chest, back and sleeves Individual twill or dazzle letters for the player name College Equipment patch sewn on the bottom of the front collar or fabric insert College Equipment jock tag with numeric sizing is applied to the lower left bottom of the jersey logo embroidered on each sleeve Decorated in the team colors

1. Consumption reaches $39.99 and above. We offer free worldwide shipping .If it's less than $39.99, an additional $10 shipping charge is required.

2. After successful order, all orders will be shipped within 48 hours.Time of shipment varies from country to country and mode of shipment. If you choose DHL/UPS/FedEx express delivery, the time of shipment is 4-7 days.

3. If you order more than 50 pieces, please contact us via support@fakeworldmail.com, we will ofer you a good price.

 4. If you have any questions, please browse the "【FAQ】" page. If FAQ is still unable to answer your questions, please send an e-mail directly to support@fakeworldmail.com

 5. We usually reply to all emails within 24 hours, and our response time may be longer during weekends and Chinese holidays.