Thirteen NBA owners among richest in U.S.

Orlando Magic owner Rich Devos. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
September 16, 2013, 12:54 PM

Forbes released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans Monday and 13 NBA owners made the cut.

The wealthiest man among NBA owners is Orlando Magic owner Rich Devos, who checks in at No. 60 on the list with a net worth of $6.8 billion. He began amassing his fortune as one of the co-founders of Amway.

While that is quite an impressive haul, Devos remains pretty far behind America’s richest man Bill Gates who has a fortune said to be worth $72 billion.

The wealthiest American individual in sports circles is Nike chairman Phil Knight who appears at No. 24 on Forbes list with $16.3 billion.

Two other NBA owners cracked the top 100.

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, whose father helped found Carnival Cruise Lines, is listed 70th overall ($5.9 billion) while Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke is said to be worth $5.3 billion, good for 84th on the list. He is a member of the family that created the Wal-Mart chain and who also owns the St. Louis Rams and Arsenal soccer club.

There are 10 other NBA owners on Forbes’ list including Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers, $3.9 billion), Charles Dolan (Knicks, $3.3 billion), Tom Gores (Pistons, $2.7 billion), Mark Cuban (Mavericks $2.5 billion), Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (Grizzlies, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (Pacers, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (Clippers, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (Timberwolves, $1.7 billion) and Tom Benson (Pelicans, $1.3 billion).

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