Billionaire roll call
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wins 2023 battle of Dallas billionaires, says Forbes
With a net worth of $13.3 billion, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not only the wealthiest person in Dallas this year, but the 12th richest sports owner on the planet, too, Forbes says.
According to the 2023 Forbes World’s Billionaires List, released April 4, Jones is the 133rd richest person across the globe. His fortune of $13.3 billion is up from $10.6 billion last year (when he ranked 185th) and $8.9 billion in 2021.
In a separate Forbes report, “World’s Richest Sports Owners 2023,” Jones ranks 12th. Coincidentally, 12 is also the number of games the Cowboys won in the 2022-23 season (having also lost five).
The Cowboys first made Jones a billionaire in 2004, the report reminds. The team is now worth a record $8 billion, (somehow!) more than any other sports franchise on the globe.
“The team remains at the center of his universe, but Jones has amped up his real estate and national gas investments, most notably in publicly traded Comstock Resources,” Forbes explains.
Another Texas team owner, Tilman Fertitta of the Houston Rockets, ranks 20th on the list of world's richest sports owners. His net worth in 2023 is $8.1 billion.
"With six years of NBA ownership under his belt, Fertitta is now making a play to join the exclusive ranks of the NFL," Forbes says. "According to the Washington Post, he submitted a bid of $5.5 billion to buy the Washington Commanders from embattled billionaire owner Dan Snyder."
Back to Dallas-Fort Worth ...
Fort Worth's Alice Walton far outpaces Jones as the richest North Texan, according to Forbes. With a net worth of $56.7 billion, Walton (ranked 21st globally) is the third richest woman in the world and the second richest Texan. Austin-basedElon Musk (worth $180 billion) is the richest person in Texas and the second wealthiest in the world.
Other Dallas billionaires who made the 2023 Forbes richest list (including their global ranking and 2023 net worth) are:
- Banking and real estate kingpin Andy Beal: No. 170, $10.3 billion
- Money manager Ken Fisher: No. 365, $6.7 billion
- Hotel and investment titan Robert Rowling: No. 465, $5.6 billion
- Oil and real estate titan Ray Lee Hunt: No. 485, $5.6 billion
- Oil and gas tycoon Kelcy Warren: No. 552, $4.9 billion
- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: No. 591, $4.6 billion
- Margot Birmingham Perot: widow of tech and real estate entrepreneur H. Ross Perot Sr.: No. 624, $4.4 billion
- Oil baron W. Herbert Hunt: No. 721, $3.9 billion
- Oil and gas guru Trevor Rees-Jones: (tie) No. 748, $3.8 billion
- Real estate bigwig H. Ross Perot, Jr.: (tie) No. 748, $3.8 billion
Several Fort Worth-based billionaires made the rankings, too. Find that list here.