Saturday, March 12, 2011
How rich are the AFC East owners?
Until further notice, the NFL has ceased to be about X's and O's. Now the game revolves around the almighty dollar.
So who has the most?
Forbes has released its annual list of the world's billionaires, and there are plenty of NFL owners on it.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ranked 362nd on the planet with an estimated net worth of $3.1 billion.
Ross was second in the NFL behind Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who came in 57th with $13 billion.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft registered 833rd overall (tied with former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano, by the way) at $1.5 billion. The Patriots were said to be worth $1.367 billion in Forbes' latest team-by-team breakdown.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson didn't make the list, but he's part of the Johnson & Johnson medical and pharmaceutical fortune. The Johnson family consistently ranks among the top 10 richest American families. Two years ago, Forbes estimated the family's net worth at $13 billion.
Forbes calculated that the Jets were worth $1.144 billion, sixth in the NFL. But the team also has the league's highest debt-value at 66 percent in large part because of its new stadium.
Bills owner Ralph Wilson didn't make the billionaires club, but his team is estimated to be worth $799 million.