Top 30 Celebrities Who Own Sports Teams
Celebrities are always in front of the camera. If they are not rocking the latest outfit on the red carpet, the chances are that you can spot them in some sports events. Celebrities are either passionate sports fans or sport-club owners. Yes, some famous people are so rich that they bought their favorite childhood teams, clubs, and other sports association.
Everyone has their hands on sport – from actors, musicians, to serial entrepreneurs, and these people took fame to another level. Here are the most famous people who own sports deals. Read on to see if your favorite celebrity is on this list, and be ready for enormous surprises.
30. Jimmy Buffett – Miami Dolphins, NFL
Jimmy Buffett is globally known as a fantastic musician. However, only true fans of his work are familiar with his off-music business. Buffett is an owner of Landshark Lager – a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch based in Jacksonville, FL.
His company is a partner with worldwide popular Miami Dolphins. The famous stadium will be named Landshark Stadium for eight months. If you want to promote your brand, it makes perfect sense to do so by partnering with famous clubs, right?
29. Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins – NRG eSports
Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, and Jimmy Rollins have something in common, and it’s not only sports talent. This trio shares some excellent entrepreneurial skills as well. Lately, they are putting their money in eSports, which is considered to be the future of competition.
In 2016, famous players purchased NRG eSports, an LA-based organization that fields rosters in a variety of video games such as Fortnite and Overwatch. With their leadership skills and All-Star mindset and ownership, they are definitely set to success.
28. Will Ferrell – LA FC, MLS
There is nothing funny about Will Ferrell when it comes to running a business. He may be one of the most comic actors alive, but he is super serious when it comes to making money. Did you know that Ferrell is one of the biggest soccer fans in Hollywood?
In 2016, Will invested in an MLS expansion team, making hin a current part-owner of Los Angeles FC. He is not the only one in Hollywood to share his passion for soccer. Mia Hamm and Magic Johnson are next to him.
27. Usher – Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
Usher is a great musician, dancer, and songwriter. However, he also has excellent business sense. In his free time, Usher works on Cleveland Cavalier’s popularity.
The famous singer decided to put music on hold while building an investment empire. Together with a group of investors, Usher purchased the Cavs for $375 million in 2005. The teams worth now? More than a billion.
26. Justin Timberlake – Memphis Grizzlies, NBA
Justin is originally from Memphis, TN., the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll.” It seems that his roots affected his career choice and well as his love for the sport.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Justin has a significant share in the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. He is a minority owner, but he brings enormous star power to the team.
25. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons – Los Angeles KISS
If there is an opportunity for famous KISS band members to make some money, the chances are that they will jump in and grab it. They can sell anything, from multi-platinum albums, over merchandise, to the sport.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons bought an AFL team in 2014. The Los Angeles based team, lasted for two incredible years, between 2014 and 2016.
24. Jay-Z – Brooklyn Nets, NBA
Jay-Z is one of the most influential musicians in the modern hip-hop scene. Next to being a successful musician, Jay-Z is also a business mogul. Not only that he is a producer and person who discovered now-famous Rihanna, but he also owns Brooklyn Nets. In 2004, Jay-Z purchased a minority share of this famous club.
He also played a massive role in getting the Nets from leaving New Jersey and play in Brooklyn. As soon as the team began playing in the Barclays Center, Jay-Z said goodbye, leaving his stake in the team to open a player agency.
23. George W. Bush – Texas Rangers, MLB
Before George W. Bush got the chance to experience how it is to be the most powerful man in the world, he was into the sport. Actually, George W. Bush was co-owner of the Texas Rangers. He did a great job of recognizing the success of the oil industry initially.
From there, he joined the group of investors to purchase the team in Arlington, TX. The outcome? Another success. Bush was also often seen at the games. Also, his $1 million investment sky-rocketed to $15 million before George took office as the Governor of Texas in ’95.
22. Fergie – Miami Dolphins, NFL
When she is not rocking the stage, Fergie is busy promoting her club – Miami Dolphins. The truth is that the famous singer is one of the minority owners of the popular club.
Apparently, Fergie wanted to join the famous Miami Dolphins family for a long time, but her tour in Australia stopped her from joining earlier. Now, she is a full-time promoter of the club.
21. Elton John – Watford FC
There is some link between music and sport, and Elton John is on this list proves it. You might enjoy listening to John’s greatest hits in your free time, but he loves being in the sport.
John is a passionate fan of Watford FC that he bought the club in far 1976. He was also the chairman of the club, until 1987 when the club was sold. Surprisingly, he purchased the club again in 1997. Elton stepped down in 2002 again, though he remained the team’s “honorary president.”
20. Jon Bon Jovi – Philadelphia Soul, AFL
Some people can turn anything into gold, and Jovi is one of those people. He is actually a serious money maker. Jovi is passionate about music, but he is no stranger to other money incomes. That being said, it comes as no surprise that in 2004, Jovi launched a new AFL team, the Philadelphia Soul.
Famous HOF quarterback Ron Jaworski bought in as a minority owner, so this team was destined for success. The team even made it to a league championship in 2008.
19. Ted Turner – Atlanta Braves, MLB
Younger generations might not know about this man, but they know about his stations – CNN and TNT, among others. He is also a prominent philanthropist, who donated one billion dollars to the United Nations.
When you have so much money, it only seems logical to have your sports club, no? At least, Turner thinks so. Therefore, one of his most significant investments was the widespread purchase of the Atlanta Braver in far 1976. Turner has exceptionally involved in his ownership and even tried to ba manager. In 1995, Braves claimed the World Series pennant, and Turner’s ownership ended the following year.
18. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith – Philadelphia 76ers, NBA
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an ultimate sports fan. Moreover, famous Will Smith, together with his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, took a step further and purchased a minority stake in the NBA team.
Interestingly, once they stepped in, they witnessed more shots like Carlton’s Bel-Air disaster than A-game. Luckily, lately, Sixers are not the road to success.
17. Bill Murray – St. Paul Saints (and Others), Minor League Baseball
Not everyone is into basketball or soccer. Soe actors are more into baseball, like Bill Murray. You may know him as an amazing actor with serious acting skills, but when he isn’t working on the next movie hit, he is seen watching baseball.
Bill is a part-owner of various minor league squads: Charleston Riverdogs, Hudson Valley Renegades, Brockton Rox, Utica Blue Sox, Fort Myers Miracle, Salt Lake Sting, Catskill Cougars, and Salt Lake City Trappers. Interestignly, his ownership in the St. Paul Saints have held epically Murray-Esque promotions.
16. Bill Maher – New York Mets, MLB
Bill Maher is famous. However, he is not a regular celebrity famous. He is another level famous. His work as a political commentator made him one of the most recognizable faces globally.
Moreover, people think of him as a smart person. That’s why everyone was so surprised when he actually purchased a minority stake in the New York Mets. There are no benefits there? The next comedian is all about investing in his hometown.
15. Drew Carey – Seattle Sounders, MLS
Drew Carey is all about giving back to the community. Initially, Drew is from Cleveland, Ohio, and you would expect him to support his home team, right? Well, Drew would disagree on that one. He is actually rooting for another sports city.
Drew is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders of the MLS. Simply, Carey knows where he should put his money. He knows how to make his passion for sport into money.
14. Nick Lachey – Tacoma Rainiers, MiLB
Boy bands were a big deal in the previous three discards, and 98 Degrees is one of the most popular ones. As you probably know, Nick Lachey was a member of this popular boy band. At one point, he launched a solo career, married Jessica Simpson, and even had a reality show on MTV. He also had some movie roles, and he ultimately decided to turn his passion for sport into an investment.
So, together with a group of investors, Lachey purchased Minor League Baseball team the Tacoma Rainiers in 2007. In 2010, Rainers claimed the Pacific Coast League Championship.
13. John Candy – Toronto Argonauts, CFL
John Candy is one of the finest actors in Canada. Originally, Candy is from Ontario, where he was born and raised. During his fruitful acting career, he becomes a true American icon. His movie and television work can still make people laugh easily. As expected, John showed his love for his Canadian roots in the most original way.
Candy joined two big names to buy a football team in the CFL. John purchased Toronto Argonauts in 1991, together with Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and NHL/Kings superstar Wayne Gretzky. Candy also helped snagged NCAA star receiver Raghib Ismail and won the Grey Cup that year. Sadly, three years later, famous, John Candy passed three years later.
12. Bob Hope – Cleveland Indians, MLB
Bob Hope was born in England, but he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also one of the pioneers in the entertainment industry. Hope wasn’t only a great actor, but also a massive sports enthusiast.
Bob was really into boxing and golf, next to baseball. He bought a stake in his local team, the Cleveland Indians. In 1947, together with Bing Crosby, Bob purchased the Los Angeles Rams as well. However, he sold it in 1962.
11. David Letterman – Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Racing Team
David Letterman is one of the richest men alive. After all, he has been entertaining people for decades, and people can never get tired of listening to him. Moving from the comedian night to late-night show, enable Letterman to build up his wealth.
At the same time, his love for cars grew as well. Even as a child, Letterman grew his love toward automobiles to creating Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The racing team competes in the United SportsCar Championship and the Verizon IndyCar Series.
10. Russell Crowe – South Sydney Rabbitohs
Russell Crowe’s prosperous movie career made him a real-life hero. Although he is considered to be an ultimate American idol and artist, he was actually born in New Zealand and raised in Australia.
Even today, he spends the majority of his time in Australia, when he isn’t filming. As expected, Rusell has a massive passion for rugby. So, in 2006 he became co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League.
9. Tom Clancy – Baltimore Orioles, MLB / Minnesota Vikings (Almost), NFL
Tom Clancy is a famous novel writer. His work shaped around espionage and double-cross moments. He is also known as the person that almost closed a deal to buy the famous Minnesota Vikings in 1998. Actually, many blame his separation from his wife, for this almost-signed contract.
However, he still manages to put his hands on another team, his hometown team, to be precise. Tom became part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles in 1993. In 2014, only one year after Tom’s death, the team honored him by wearing a patch with his name for the season.
8. Steve Aoki – Rogue, eSports
Few things in the world can gather so many people in one place, as festivals can. Thanks to festivals, DJ and producer Steve Aoki claimed his fame. He also played a considerable role in launching the electro house style into the forefront of house music. Now, he is into creating new electronic endeavors.
Aoki is also passionate about eSports. So, in 2016, he jumped in for partial ownership of the eSports organization Rogue. Furthermore, ReKTGlobal, an eSports company, decided to partner up with Aoki to take the team to future wins.
7. Gloria Estefan – Miami Dolphins, NFL
Another Miami Dolphins fan and co-owner on the list. Gloria was born in Havana, Cuba, but she was raised in Miami, FL. After going platinum many times, Estefan decided to get some Miami sports action.
So, in far 2009, she bought a stake in the Miami Dolphins. By doing so, she became the first person of Hispanic heritage to gain a minority stake in an NFL team.
6. Gene Autry – Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels, MLB
Forever popular cowboy, Gene Autry, is responsible for soem of the biggest hits in Hollywood. He is directly responsible for the success of various projects, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
However, Autry decided to widen his legacy by owning a stake in the Angels, back in 1961. He maintained ownership between, as the Angels went from “Los Angeles” to “California” to “Anaheim” before selling after 36 years.
5. Burt Reynolds –Tampa Bay Bandits, USFL
The ultimate bad boy, Burt Reynolds, is aa straight-up legend. Could you really imagine anyone else but him as Bandit in Smokey and the Bandit? No one could probably, because that he nailed it.
During his college days, Reynolds played football, and his love toward sport stuck years later. So in 1982, he co-owned the Tampa Bay Bandits. The team was named after the iconic trilogy that helped him gain his fame.
4. Tim McGraw – Nashville Kats, AFL
Tim McCraw is the ultimate country music superstar. However, considering his passion for the sport and sports enthusiast, he could have very well been known as an athlete rather than music. But that would be a significant loss for the music world. Little is known, but his father, Tug McGraw, enjoyed an MLB career as a pitcher for two decades. That resulted in two All-Star selection and even two World Series championships.
Tim followed his dad’s footsteps into college. However, a knee injury ended his sports career, and he focused on music. Still, in 2005 he took a minor stake in the Nashville Kats of the AFL. Sadly, the team disbanded in 2007.
3. Nelly – Charlotte Bobcats, NBA
In the early 2000s, Nelly was one of the hottest rappers in the world. He is also one of the highest-selling rappers of all time. Nelly also published his last album in 2013.
Still, he is often seen in public, especially once he took a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats. Nelly joined this team in 2010, and from there, Charlotte’s NBA has been purchased by Michael Jordan. In no time, the team readopted its initial name as the Hornets.
2. Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez – Miami Dolphins, NFL
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were one of the most interesting couples in Hollywood. After years of love, they separated but remained friends and respectful of what they had. They also share a great sense of business.
Together they jumped into sharing a minor stake in the Miami Dolphins, in dar 2009. So far, it’s not known if they share the stake in this team or not.
1. Venus And Serena Williams – Miami Dolphins
Power sisters are ruling the football world as well, not only the tennis arena. Sisters are known for breaking records on the tennis court. However, they also set records in football. How? They are the first-ever African American women to have an ownership stake in any NFL franchise.
In 2009, this dynamic duo joined various celebrities that have a share in Miami Dolphins. Moreover, they have always identified themselves as “Miami girls.” Interestingly, Miami Dolphins stadium is now just an hour’s drive away from their homes.