It’s a common complaint of sports fans in Chicago: How come those rich owners aren’t spending more money on the team?
Whether it’s Tom Ricketts, Virginia McCaskey or any other owner in Chicago, the criticism is there for the taking. Fans badly want their teams to spend big money to bring in the top names.
I'm not saying the McCaskey's are cheap .... actually, yes I am. https://t.co/h8wE7RCvgd— Chicago Vince (@ChicagoVince) September 20, 2015
This X1000000. Reinsdorf is too cheap and the Bulls are putting themselves at a huge disadvantage https://t.co/58ILHPim6G— Jacob Bikshorn (@OldManBikshorn) August 24, 2015
@smrtle @whitesox Reinsdorf is too cheap even if it guaranteed wins.— Ryan (@ryangf10) April 16, 2015
However, according to Forbes, Chicago owners don’t have nearly the same money as other owners in professional sports.
Forbes released their list of the 39 wealthiest professional sports owners in the United States. Not a single Chicago owner made the list.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer topped the list by a wide margin. One of the richest men in the world is Ballmer, who is worth $21.6 billion. Last on the list is Los Angeles Angels’ owner Arturo Moreno who is worth $1.8 billion.
McCaskey and Jerry Reinsdorf are both worth roughly $1.3 billion. Tom Ricketts is worth around $1 billion, although his father is worth much more than that and the Ricketts family as a whole is worth roughly $4.5 billion.
Rocky Wirtz still hasn’t reached the billion dollar mark, although like Ricketts, his family is worth considerably more.