Milwaukee bucks owner net worth: The Milwaukee Bucks have won the NBA Finals for the first time since 1971, and as a result, two Penn alumni and a big Penn benefactor have received championship rings.
It was in 2014 when a group of four investors created an ownership group that purchased the Milwaukee Bucks from then-owner Herb Kohl for $550 million. Since that time, the group of people that own the franchise has remained essentially unchanged.
Jamie Dinan, who graduated with a B.S. from Wharton in 1981 with a degree in economics, and Marc Lasry, who according to Penn Arts and Sciences has “created two professorships to support teachers,” are among the Bucks’ four current majority owners.
In addition to the two owners, Lasry’s son Alex Lasry, who graduated from Penn in 2009 with a B.A. in political science and government, serves as the team’s senior vice president, a position he has held since 2016. Lasry’s son Alex Lasry graduated from Penn in 2009 with a B.A. in political science and government.
Considering the team was purchased for $450 million in 2014, this is a significant boost in value. (The $550 purchase price was reduced by the $100 million in new arena funding that former owner Herb Kohl had agreed to provide.) It is a more than fourfold growth in franchise value in just six years, and a significant portion of that increase may be attributed to the massive subsidy provided to the team, which paid little to construct Fiserv Forum and received free downtown land as part of the deal. The Milwaukee Bucks placed fourth among the 30 NBA clubs in terms of the rise in the value of their franchise during a five-year period, according to a Forbes analysis published in 2019.
This gain assisted the Bucks in moving from the last place in franchise value among the 30 NBA teams before to the construction of the new arena to 19th place in Forbes’ estimate of the league’s 30 teams in February 2020. According to Sportico’s analysis, the Bucks’ valuation has continued to climb, and they are now the 16th most valuable NBA club, ahead of 14 other franchises. That is particularly impressive when you consider that the team is based in one of the smaller metro regions among NBA teams. And, once again, a significant factor in the increase in value is the extremely large government subsidies.
Instead, consider this: the Bucks’ largest shareholders, Marc Lasry (estimated net worth $1.8 billion), Wes Edens ($1 billion), and Jamie Dinan ($2 billion), could have easily afforded to pay the entire cost of Fiserv Forum and would have gotten even richer as the franchise’s value has increased by $1.4 billion since they purchased the team.
In normal media stories, the Bucks’ owners are credited with covering half of the costs ($250 million) of the new $500 million arenas, with the remaining half-covered by taxpayers.
Those subsidies, however, do not include a variety of other tax breaks provided to taxpayers to lower the facility’s operating costs for the owners, such as a sales tax exemption on construction materials and equipment, a property tax exemption on the arena, a sales tax exemption on luxury suite revenue and all retail sales within the arena, interest payments on bonds issued to pay for the arena, and various other tax breaks.
These are all expenses that a for-profit firm would ordinarily incur, but the billionaires who own the Bucks will not be taxed for any of them over the arena’s expected 30-year lifespan.