The 13 Richest NBA Team Owners

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With a fortune worth about $20 billion, Steve Ballmer is set to become the richest team owner in the NBA if he buys the L.A. Clippers from current owner Donald Sterling for a record-setting $2 billion.

In taking the top spot on the list, Ballmer supplanted Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who’s got a $15.8 billion fortune. The next-richest team owner’s net worth doesn’t even come close to Allen’s, but at $6.8 billion, it’s still nothing to sneeze at.

Paul Allen
Paul Allen Portland Trail Blazers Worth: 15.8 Billion Forbes Ranking: 26 Garrett Ellwood—NBA/Getty Images
Richard DeVos
Richard DeVos Orlando Magic Worth: 6.8 Billion Forbes Ranking; 60 Reinhold Matay—AP
Micky Arison
Micky Arison Miami Heat Worth: 5.9 Billion Forbes Ranking: 70 Mike Ehrmann—Getty Images
Stan Kroenke
Stan Kroenke Denver Nuggets Worth: 5.3 Billion Forbes Ranking: 84 Doug Pensinger—Getty Images
Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert Cleveland Caveliers Worth: 3.9 Billion Forbes Ranking: 118 Mark Duncan—AP
Tom Gores
Tom Gores Detroit Pistons Worth: 2.7 Billion Forbes Ranking: 201 Gregory Shamus—Getty Images
Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban Dallas Mavericks Worth: 2.5 Billion Forbes Ranking: 222 Jesse D. Garrabrant—NBA/Getty Images
Josh Harris
Josh Harris Philidelphia 76ers Worth: 2.5 Billion Forbes Ranking: 222 Drew Hallowell—Getty Images
Robert Pera
Robert Pera Memphis Grizzlies Worth: 1.95 Billion Forbes Ranking: 293 Lance Murphey—AP
Herb Simon
Herb Simon Indiana Pacers Worth: 1.95 Billion Forbes Ranking: 293 Michael Hickey—Getty Images
Glen Taylor
Glen Taylor Minnesota Timberwolves Worth: 1.7 Billion Forbes Ranking: 327 Ann Heisenfelt—AP
James Dolan
James Dolan New York Knicks Worth: 1.5 Billion James Devaney—WireImage/Getty Images
Tom Benson
Tom Benson New Orleans Pelicans Worth: 1.3 Billion Forbes Ranking: 386 Stacy Revere—Getty Images

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