Ted Lerner, Daniel Snyder still billionaires
Another year, another Forbes ranking of billionaires, including two who own D.C. sports franchises with losing records.
Both Ted Lerner and Daniel Snyder once again crack Forbes's list, although both lost a few places in the international rankings.
Lerner went from $3.2 billion in 2009 (good for a ranking of 191st) to $3.0 billion in 2010 (good for a ranking of 316th). Yes, that means that his fortune decreased in value by $200 million over the last 12 months, more than you or I will ever see in our lifetimes. I blame Tony Plush's injury.
Snyder's fortune actually increased in value over the past year, according to Forbes, from $1.0 billion to $1.1 billion, thanks mostly to suing weeping grandmothers, I suppose. But his ranking still decreased, from 701st to 880th. Snyder's tied there with a bunch of people, including Alex Spanos of the Chargers and George Steinbrenner of the Yankees.
The only other local-ish sports figure that I noticed was Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, whose $1.5 billion was good for 655th on the list.
And you could combine all three of those guys together and not touch the country's richest sports owner, Seattle's Paul Allen, whose $13.5 billion piggy bank ranks 37th in the world, according to the magazine.
Now I'm going to go find a Johnny Rockets and splurge on breakfast. Got to help Snyder stop the freefall. It's a matter of civic pride.
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