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Jerry Buss - 1953

Chairman and majority owner, Los Angeles Lakers, 1979-2013

Jerry Buss was the chairman and majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers from when he purchased the franchise in 1979 until his death in 2013. Under Buss's ownership, the Lakers 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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Jerry Buss

Jerry Buss
Jerry Buss graduated from UW in 1953 and went on to own several sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers. He died in 2013.

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