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Lakers Family Becomes Bigger as $500,000,000 Rich Jeanie Buss Marries Comedian Boyfriend in Malibu

Published 09/04/2023, 12:14 AM EDT

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Jeanie Buss holds the distinction of being the first female owner of an NBA championship-winning team. Renowned for her meticulous and dedicated approach to the Los Angeles Lakers, she holds nearly four decades of professional experience. Jeanie inherited her ownership rights from her father, Jerry Buss, in 2013. Since then, she has fully embraced her prestigious position within the globally renowned Lakers franchise.

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Recently, beyond her offseason moves to ensure a champion run in the coming season, Jeanie has also attended to her personal matters. Something poised to bring a new face into the LA Lakers’ front office. This development marks an intriguing chapter in the ongoing Lakers saga and Jeanie’s long-term life plans.

Jeanie Buss marries comedian boyfriend in Malibu


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Jeanie Buss, often occupied with attending masses and delivering crucial business speeches, took a break from her usual routine over the weekend. However, over the weekend, she delivered her vows in an intimate affair on a beach in a heartfelt ceremony. The Lakers owner tied the knot with comedian Jay Mohr on a sunny Sunday during an intimate gathering in Malibu. According to reports, approximately 20 close friends and family members were present to witness the special occasion.

Sixty-one years old, Buss and Mohr, 53, have not officially disclosed details from their special day. However, they had been in a relationship for several years before publicly acknowledging their love in 2021.


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Jay Mohr initially gained fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He later became a prominent figure in the popular film Jerry Maguire. In addition to his acting career, Mohr has found success in producing, including founding NBC‘s Last Comic Standing. Additionally, he has also made waves in radio broadcasting with FOX Sports.

How did Jeanie get hold of the Lakers?


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In 1979, a chemist and successful businessman, Jerry Buss, bought the Lakers from Canadian-American businessman Jack Kent Cooke. His ownership brought great success to the team and paved the way for his daughter, Jeanie, to take over. Jeanie’s journey started with academic excellence, as she graduated with honors in business from the University of Southern California (USC). 

Jeanie started her journey with the Lakers in her mid-30s as the president of The Forum. Over the years, her role in the Lakers organization expanded. In 1995, Jeanie became an Alternate Governor on the NBA Board of Governors, and by the age of 38, she was promoted to executive vice president of business operations for the Lakers.

Sadly, in 2013, Jerry Buss passed away after battling cancer. He left his 66% ownership of the Lakers to his six children, each holding an equal vote. As part of Jerry’s succession plan, Jeanie assumed his previous title as the Lakers’ governor, becoming the team’s representative at the NBA Board of Governors. 


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Apart from her heroics with the Lakers, Jeanie took significant responsibilities early on. She became the general manager of TeamTennis at 19. She later acquired the Los Angeles Blades roller hockey team, earning recognition as the Executive of the Year in the Roller Hockey International league.

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Written by:

Saahil Dhillan


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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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