Jeff Bezos can buy pretty much anything he wants. So people tend to notice when the world's richest person is reportedly thinking about making a big purchase.
CBS Sports reported Nov. 10 that Bezos is interested in buying an NFL team, and that he has spent "considerable time" with NFL owners such as Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins. And The Washington Post, owned by Bezos, reported Thursday that the billionaire has privately expressed interest in buying the Seattle Seahawks.
But if Bezos is really interested in becoming an owner, his world-leading estimated net worth of $ 1
The total value of each of the 32 NFL franchises, based on Forbes & # 39; last ranking of each team's estimated values, is nearly $ 91.4 billion.  This includes the league's most valuable team, the Dallas Cowboys for $ 5.5 billion, according to Forbes, who also valued the redskins for $ 3.4 billion and the Seahawks for around $ 2.78 billion.
That would have left Bezos $ 18 billion, which means he could also afford to buy all other major sports teams in New York City, which are valued at $ 14.8 billion.
This will include the MLB's New York Yankees (worth an estimated $ 4.6 billion, according to Forbes) and the New York Mets ($ 2.3 billion), the NBA's New York Knicks ($ 4 billion) and the Brooklyn Nets (2.35 billion), as well as the NHL's New York Rangers ($ 1.55 billion). The award does not include the New York Giants and New York Jets, both of which are already included in the sum of the NFL franchisees.
Of course, to pull off such a massive amount of sports deals, the Amazon CEO would have to liquidate his many assets, including the multi-million-dollar home and other investments.
Bezos would also need to sell most of his stock in the tech giant he founded, as the bulk of Bezos' wealth stems from his more than 57.6 million Amazon shares (a figure close to 80 million shares before Bezos transferred nearly 20 million shares to his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, as part of their divorce settlement in August).
And while it may be extremely unlikely that Bezos will ever trade his huge portfolio of bragging rights assets Owning every NFL team, plus every other major sports team in New York City (it's also unlikely that all team owners would be willing to sell), it still shows how absurdly prosperous Bezos is that he could technically pull that feat and still have more than $ 3 billion left for a rainy day.
Bezos isn't even the only billionaire with a big enough net worth to buy every single NFL team: Microsoft's founder Bill Gates (with a net worth of $ 107.3 billion)) and French fashion mogul Bernard Arnault (106 , $ 8 billion), the world's second and third richest person, can afford it too.
Although Bezos has not publicly commented on whether he really wants to buy his way to the NFL (and Amazon has so far refused to comment), the billionaire has been moved before as a potential buyer for the Seahawks. Paul Allen, the billionaire who co-founded Microsoft with Gates, was the Seahawks' owner until his death in 2018 (the team is now officially owned by Allen's trust and run by his sister, Jody).
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed interest in another tech billionaire like Bezos who bought the Seahawks last year and told Sports Illustrated: "I wanted him with me to get him to the NFL." Meanwhile, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told The Post that he would welcome Bezos as an NFL owner in Seattle (anyone who buys an NFL team must be approved by at least 24 of 32 existing NFL owners).
"I'm sure that in the end it will be for everyone's benefit if someone as community oriented as him gets involved in the Seattle situation," Kraft said, as Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and Bezos owns a $ 25 million home in Medina, Washington.
As for the Redskins, Amazon is also building a second headquarters outside Washington, DC, where Bezos also has a $ 23 million mansion.
If Bezos decides to buy a team, it would make him the NFL's richest owner (obviously), surpassing the Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and his $ 12 billion fortune.
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