Ted Lerner is Richer Than Daniel Snyder, By a Lot
Forbes's list of international billionaires came out earlier this month, and as Chris Needham noted at the time, Ted Lerner is doing ok for himself. He's ranked 191st in the world, is richer than Donald Trump, Oprah and Mark Cuban, and is worth about $3.2 billion.
Here's someone else Lerner is richer than: Daniel Snyder. By a lot. Dude might swing a big stick in the NFL, but among the local sports owners, he's a way, way distant No. 2 to Lerner among D.C. sports owners. Snyder is ranked 701st in the world, with an even $1.0 billion. Which sounds like a lot, but still, to have less than a third of the Nats' owner? I mean, you might as well tell me that D.C. United's Victor MacFarlane out-points Snyder. (He doesn't, for the record.)
The Snyder blurb in Forbes is even more depressing: "Net worth down more than 20% since last March as recession racks restaurant and entertainment portfolio; shares of his Six Flags amusement parks down nearly 90% in past 12 months."
Know who else has more money than Snyder? Steve Bisciotti. $1.2 billion, ranked 601st in the world. So of the world's 793 billionaires, three own local-ish sports franchises. (Abe Pollin, Ted Leonsis and Tony Kornheiser all failed to make the billionaire list.)
But it's that $2.2 billion Lerner deficit that I can't get over. Just for an example, here are a few things you could buy for $2.2 billion:
* 22 Albert Haynesworths, at $100 mil each. How's that for a coincidence: that's exactly enough Haynesworths to fill out an NFL team. Well, along with one Shaun Suisham and one punter I've never heard of. (Though, for nine figures, maybe one of the Haynesworths could kick something. Besides an o-lineman's head.)
* 110 Adam Dunns, for two years each. That's like a whole minor-league system of Adam Dunns. Imagine batting practice. Heck, imagine the fielding percentage. Can fielding percentage go below 0.000?
* 147 Jim Zorns. I think my computer would explode. (This is a great interview with Zorn over at The Redskins Blog, but here's my favorite part, when Zorn is explaining how some of the off-field stuff that blogs focus on can be great for fans. "Well, I think what is very interesting about the game is that certain fans really want to get to know the personalities of the players and the team itself. I think especially a lot of women are far more relationship-oriented." Yeah. Thanks, Coach.)
* 2,178 Shaun Suishams. (Actual redeemable value: one Gostkowski.)
* 366,667 pairs of club seats, if I'm doing some quick math correctly. And yet you'd still see yellow on Sundays. Or gold, I suppose.
* 30,559,799 Haynesworth replica jerseys, along with 30,559,700 FREE Jason Taylor giveaways.
* 55,000,000 cash lot parking spaces at FedEx Field. Another coincidence: going by the latest numbers, I believe that's one spot for every person on the season-ticket wait list.
(Via forever Sports staffer Tom Heath.)
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