Who is Dallas’s most badass billionaire? When you think of the most badass billionaire owners in sports, amazingly two reside in Dallas. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has loomed large over the town for a generation, while Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is brash, bold, and invented the mold for the next generation.
What we want to know, is Dallas big enough for Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban?
Mark Cuban: Estimated $4 Billion. Acquired the Mavericks in 2000 for $285 million, now worth $1.5 billion. 1 Championship.
Mark is definitely one of the most quoted billionaires through his appearances on Shark Tank and seemingly every business conference around the globe. He started his first company in 1982, MicroSolutions, and 8 years later sold it for $6 million. Self-made.
It was in 1995 when Cuban would takeover Broadcast.com and pave his path towards becoming a billionaire after selling it to Yahoo for $6 billion in 1999.
Baddassery: He struck a deal with American Airlines that allowed him and a guest to travel anywhere in the world, first class, anytime. If a seat wasn’t available they’d remove a passenger and give him the seat.
One such trip he and friend decided last minute to head from LA to Vegas, with no seats available, the airline kicked MAGIC JOHNSON off the flight so Cuban could fly.
He also beat up a referee during a game……in an April Fool’s joke that nearly gave his coach a heart attack.
Jerry Jones: Estimated $5 Billion. Acquired the Cowboys in 1989 for $140 million, now worth $4 billion. The most valuable sports franchise in the world. 3 championships.
Jerry has had success in everything he’s touched. From winning a National Championship with the Razorbacks and then building an oil empire in the 70’s. Not exactly self-made with some major investment from his dad, but not exactly not. Make no mistake HE’S the reason people care about the NFL.
Baddassery: He once lost $300,000 on a coin flip and now has that coin framed and mounted in his home.
After buying the Cowboys, and becoming it’s GM, he then fired the only coach in the teams history, Tom Landry, and hired his buddy, Jimmy Johnson. He got a lot of shit for it, but turned out to be a great decision.
He’s said some completely wild things.
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