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This list of celebrities who own pro sports teams is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Celebrities love to own shares in sports teams. It doesn't matter whether they are actors, musicians, or former athletes. Some celebs by teams in their home towns, while others join investment groups to get a big piece of a wealthy franchise.

Who is the most famous person who owns a professional sports team? Jennifer Lopez tops our list. Lopez and her then-husband Marc Anthony purchased a small percentage of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. It seems that everyone who's anyone has a piece of the Miami NFL team. Other Dolphins owners include Wayne Huizenga, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Serena and Venus Williams, and Fergie and Stephen Ross, who own 95 percent of the team.

In 2010, Michael Jordan made history by becoming the first former basketball player to own a majority stake in a NBA team. He held a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats for many years, as did rapper Nelly, who also owns stock in the team. Other famous people who own sports teams include George W. Bush, Bill Murray, and Will Smith.

Why do you think so many celebrities own professional sports teams? What team would you want to own if you could? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Own Pro Sports Teams
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Jennifer Lopez and her then-husband Marc Anthony purchased a small percentage of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. Other Dolphins owners include Wayne Huizenga, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Serena and Venus Williams, and Fergie, and Stephen Ross, who own 95%of the team.

Age: 47

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

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more

Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Own Pro Sports Teams
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In 1989, George W. Bush bought a percentage of the Texas Rangers. Currently, the Texas Rangers are owned by Bob Simpson and Ray Davis.

Age: 70

Birthplace: Eastern United States, New Haven, New England, New Haven County, Connecticut, + more

Profession: Pilot, Businessperson, Politician

Credits: Journeys with George, Being W, Pursuit of Equality, CBS News Special Report: Joint News Conference

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Own Pro Sports Teams
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In 2011, Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, bought a percentage of the Philadelphia 76ers. Other 76ers owners include Joshua Harris, Adam Aron, David S. Blitzer, Martin Geller, David B. Heller, Travis Hennings, James Lassiter, Marc Leder, Michael G. Rubin, Erick Thohir, and Art Wrubel.

Age: 48

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Men in Black, I Am Legend, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness

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#52 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#91 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#45 on The Best Living American Actors

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 33 Celebrities Who Own Pro Sports Teams
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Jay-Z briefly owned a percentage of Brooklyn Nets, but he sold his stake in 2013.  Currently, the team is owned by Mikhail Prokhorov and Jason Kidd.

Age: 47

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

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more

Credits: The Great Gatsby, The Hangover Part II, Men in Black 3, Rush Hour

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#6 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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