In the latest data check, Cleveland Browns majority owner Jimmy Haslam remains one of the richest people in the world.
According to Forbes, Haslam is the 818th-richest person in the world with a net worth of $2.8 billion US dollars.
The 66-year old owner made most of his money as the chief owner of the Pilot/Flying J truck stop chain.
In the rankings for pro sports team owners in North America, his ranking is much higher.
— Scott Suttell (@ssuttell) April 7, 2020
Team Owner Ranking
Haslam ranks at the 13th-most valuable owner of an NFL team.
In the expanded list that includes all team owners, Carolina Panthers owner Dave Tepper is the leader.
The global standings lists Tepper as the No. 6-richest person in the world.
Steve Balmer, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is No. 1 in the world.
Other members from the NFL that made the Forbes rankings include:
- Stanley Kroenke: No. 9 (Los Angeles Rams)
- Jerry Jones: No. 11 (Dallas Cowboys)
- Shahid Kahn: No. 12 (Jacksonville Jaguars)
- Stephen Ross: No. 13 (Miami Dolphins)
- Robert Kraft: No. 15 (New England Patriots)
- Terrence Pegula: No. 20 (Buffalo Bills)
The Wealth Of Jimmy Haslam
In 1958, Haslam’s father founded the Pilot Flying J truck stop.
His father paid $6,000 for an existing gas station in Virginia.
In 1975, Jimmy joined the board when he was 20 years old, when sales were about $50 million at the time.
Also, at the time, he was a senior at the University of Tennessee.
Now, Pilot has more than 900 locations in North America and hit $29 billion in revenue in 2018.
Haslam became a majority owner of the Browns in 2012 for $990 million, where his stake is worth nearly $1.2 billion.
Haslam As The Owner
Even before Haslam arrived, the Browns struggled to win.
In 2011, the Browns were coming off a 4-12 record, and fans believed that significant change would happen with a new owner.
The ownership change took the team from bad to worse.
Haslam took over as owner six games into the 2012 season, where the team was 1-5 at the time.
In 2012, the Browns made a slight improvement to a 5-12 record; however, the 2013 team dipped to a 4-12 record.
In 2014, the Browns finished with their best win total since going 10-6 in 2007 by finishing the season 7-9, but the following two years were rough.
The 2015 season featured a 3-13 team, while the 2016 team nearly went winless with a 1-15 record, but beat the Chargers the second to last week of the season.
In 2017, the unthinkable happened, and the Browns did finish 0-16, which led to the No. 1 overall pick in Baker Mayfield.
Everyone talking about Hue’s 3-36-1 record with the #Browns.
But the real question is…What kind of an owner would ever let Hue Jackson become head coach in the first place?
The kind that is 22-81-1 as owner.
Jimmy Haslam – There’s your real problem.#OwnershipIsEverything
— A Football Friend (@AFootballFriend) October 29, 2018
The 2018 season featured the best season in Haslam’s tenure with a 7-8-1 record, but the Browns fell back to their losing ways last season.
Last year, the Browns finished 6-10 after high expectations to start the season.
Overall, the Browns are 32-89-1 since Haslam took over.