Jerry Buss - 1953
Chairman and majority owner, Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry Buss is currently the chairman and majority owner of the Los
Angeles Lakers, which he purchased in 1979. Under Buss's ownership, the
Lakers have won eight NBA championships, with players such as Kobe
Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Buss's business accomplishments include being former partner of the Mariani-Buss Associates real estate company and co-founder of Prime Time, now known as Fox Sports. He previously owned such sports teams as the Los Angeles Kings (ice hockey), the Blades (roller hockey), the Strings (tennis team), and the Lazers (indoor soccer).
Before making his fortune in real estate, Buss was a chemist for the Bureau of Mines and was on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern California. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. (1957) in chemistry from the University of Southern California.
In 2006, Buss was honored with a television star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work as a sports television producer.
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