MLS OWNERS AND WHERE THEY GOT THE MONEY TO BUY THEIR CLUBS

Major League Soccer (MLS) club owners are actually "investor-operators," because MLS is a "single entity" which owns 51% of each franchise. The individuals listed here either control the companies that are the actual investor-operators, or are the lead investors in a consortium that is the investor-operator.
  1. Andrew Hauptman (Chicago Fire)
    inherited wealth from his family’s whiskey company (Seagram's), then his own investing
  2. Stan Kroenke (Colorado Rapids)
    his own real estate development business, then Wal-Mart inheritance through his wife Ann (née Walton)
  3. Anthony Precourt (Columbus Crew)
    investing, especially in the energy sector
  4. Erick Thohir (DC United)
    inherited wealth from father (Indonesian industrialist Teddy Thohir), then built a media empire in Indonesia
  5. Clark Hunt (FC Dallas)
    inherited wealth from grandfather (oil tycoon H.L. Hunt), via father (sports magnate Lamar Hunt)
  6. Philip Anschutz (Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy)
    inherited wealth from father (oil tycoon Fred B. Anschutz), then his own investments and real estate, railroad, sports, and entertainment ventures
  7. Joey Saputo (Montreal Impact)
    inherited wealth and family's dairy products business (Saputo, Inc.)
  8. Robert Kraft (New England Revolution)
    paper and packaging products
  9. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (New York City FC)
    his family rules and controls much of the wealth of oil and gas-rich Abu Dhabi
  10. Dietrich Mateschitz and Chaleo Yoovidhya (New York Red Bulls)
    Red Bull energy drinks
  11. Flavio Augusto da Silva (Orlando City)
    language schools in Brazil
  12. Jay Sugarman (Philadelphia Union)
    financial services
  13. Merritt Paulson (Portland Timbers)
    inherited wealth from father Henry Paulson, former US treasury secretary and former chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs
  14. Dell Loy Hansen (Real Salt Lake)
    real estate development
  15. Lew Wolff (San Jose Earthquakes)
    real estate development
  16. Joe Roth (Seattle Sounders)
    movie mogul
  17. Neal Patterson (Sporting Kansas City)
    health information technology
  18. Rogers Communications and Bell Canada (Toronto FC)
    Canadian media and telecoms
  19. Greg Kerfoot (Vancouver Whitecaps)
    technology