Jeff Bezos can afford to buy every team in the NFL—with enough left over for every NYC sports team – CNBC

Jeff Bezos can afford to buy every team in the NFL—with enough left over for every NYC sports team – CNBC

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos can buy pretty much anything he wants. So people tend to take notice when the world's richest person is reportedly thinking about making a big purchase. CBS Sports reported on Nov. 10 that Bezos is interested in buying an NFL team, and that he's spent "considerable time" with NFL owners such as Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins. And The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, reported on Thursday that the billionaire has privately expressed an interest in buying the Seattle Seahawks. But if Bezos truly is interested in becoming an owner, his world-leading estimated net worth of $109.5 billion is enough to buy every single team in the NFL — and then some. The total value of each of the 32 NFL franchises, based on Forbes' latest ranking of every team's estimated values, is nearly $91.4 billion. That includes the league's most valuable team, the Dallas Cowboys at $5.5 billion, according to Forbes, which also valued the Redskins at $3.4 billion and the Seahawks at about $2.78 billion. That would leave Bezos $18 billion, meaning he could also afford to buy every other major New York City sports team, which together are valued at $14.8 billion. ....

Of course, in order to pull off such a massive spate of sports deals, the Amazon CEO would have to liquidate his many assets, including his multimillion-dollar homes and other investments.Bezos would also need to sell most of his shares in the tech giant he founded, as the bulk of Bezos' wealth stems from his more than 57.6 million shares of Amazon stock (a number that was closer 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 would ever trade his massive portfolio of assets for the bragging rights associated with owning every NFL team, plus every other major New York City sports team (it's also unlikely all of the team owners would be willing to sell), it still goes to show just how absurdly wealthy Bezos is that he could technically pull of that feat and still have more than $3 billion left for a rainy day. Bezos isn't even the only billionaire with a large enough net worth to buy every single NFL team: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (with a net worth of $107.3 ....

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