Forbes Magazine is back doing what it does best (besides being completely incapable of predicting the stock market): making enormous listicles! They've assembled their annual Forbes 400 rankings, stapled it together, and mailed it out to hundreds of dentists offices. I'll make things easier for you, pal. I've pared it down to six baseball owners who made the cut.
Here's your mini-listicle:
- #102 - Carl Pohlad (Minnesota Twins) - $3.6 billion
- #105 - Ted Lerner (Washington Nationals) - $3.5 billion
- #301 - Mike Ilitch (Detroit Tigers) - $1.6 billion
- #301 - Drayton McLane (Houston Astros) - $1.6 billion
- #355 - Tom Hicks (Texas Rangers) - $1.4 billion
- #377 - George Steinbrenner (New York Yankees) - $1.3 billion
Yes, baseball ownership is a old white guys club, just like the Elks Club down the street from me except with less High Life and more Chivas. Still, of all these dudes, only Steinbrenner really made his fortune from owning a baseball team. Pohlad made his money in banking, Lerner cashed in via real estate, Ilitch founded the company that gave us these commercials, McLane made his fortune selling his own cosmetics line on QVC, and Hicks made his money the old-fashioned way: merging Dr. Pepper and 7-Up.