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These athletes shoot, score, AND own their own sports teams. Is there anything these powerhouse athletes can't do? Several famous NBA players, boxers, and football stars own sports teams. Some of these athletes own teams in the leagues in which they played, while others own teams from different sports. One baseball player is also the president of the team he owns.

Who is the most famous person who owns a sports team? LeBron James tops our list. In 2011, LeBron James invested in Fenway Sports Group to become a partial owner of Liverpool FC. He also expressed interest in joining forces with David Beckham to bring an MLS team to Miami. "David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years, and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure," James said in a 2014 interview. "There's interest on both sides. It's preliminary talks but there is some open dialogue."

In 2010, Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg partnered to purchase the Texas Rangers. Ryan is also the president of the organization. Oscar de la Hoya owns a portion of the Houston Dynamos. He also owns a national boxing promotional firm. After retiring from football, Warrick Dunn purchased a minority stake in his former team the Atlanta Falcons.

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Athletes Who Own Sports Teams
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In 2011, LeBron James invested in Fenway Sports Group to become a partial owner of Liverpool FC. He also expressed interest in joining forces with David Beckham to bring an MLS team to Miami. "David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years, and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure," James said in a 2014 interview. "There's interest on both sides. It's preliminary talks but there is some open dialogue."

Age: 33

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Cavaliers, St. Vincent–St. Mary Boys Varsity Basketball Team

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Athletes Who Own Sports Teams
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In 2006, Michael Jordan became part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. He became a majority owner in 2010 and in 2014, he successfully changed the team's name back to the Charlotte Hornets.

Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Washington Wizards, North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball, + more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Athletes Who Own Sports Teams
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In 2013, Shaquille O'Neal became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings.

Age: 45

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, + more

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Athletes Who Own Sports Teams
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In 2000, Wayne Gretzky became part owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. The franchise declared bankruptcy in 2009.

Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America, Canada

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Teams: Edmonton Oilers

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