Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss vs Clippers Owner Steve Balmer: Who is Richer?

Published 10/10/2021, 11:10 AM EDT


Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers are newfound rivals. Ever since the 2019-20 NBA season, these two Los Angeles teams have been out to get each other far more than ever before. Before that season began, the LA Clippers were one of the title favorites and were even hoping the two franchises would meet in the Conference Finals. However, the Clippers had a humiliating exit instead and the comparison began. And now, it is only fitting the two franchise owners are compared too. So, Between Jeanie Buss and Steve Ballmer, who is richer?

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Steve Ballmer, hands down!

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Steve Ballmer was the CEO of Microsoft for 14 years, between 2000 to 2014. And the big bucks he made through one of the biggest companies in the world, he used after retirement and bought the LA Clippers. The deal was struck at $2 billion, which was the most anyone had had ever paid for an NBA team during that time.

His investment did wonders for him, as he became the 10th richest man in the world towards the end of the year 2020. In fact, he became so popular that through a poll a few NBA Insiders were a part of, ‘The Athletic’ labeled him the best owner in the league.

This leaves everyone with one question, how much is he worth? Well, as per Forbes, Ballmer’s net worth is $94.8 billion. He is the wealthiest owner of a franchise in the NBA. Unfortunately, Jeanie Buss isn’t even close, who stands at a net worth of $500 million.

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Lakers owner Jeanie Buss has a lot more to show for

Lakers President Jeannie Buss. Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze 03-11-15

The owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeanie Buss might be far behind in the richest owner rankings. However, she has achieved so much more to be proud of. She played a vital role in helping the purple and gold grab their 2020 NBA title after an entire decade. This led to her becoming the only woman owner to guide a franchise to a championship.

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And to get this far, she had to fight a vigorous battle in court against her brothers to get ownership of the Lakers, when her father, Jerry Buss, passed away. Now, she is an inspiration to many other women, giving them hope that they also have a place and success in team management. So, she might not be earning as much as Ballmer, but she has definitely made history and will leave a legacy behind.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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