MIKHAIL PROKHOROV, BROOKLYN NETS
Owner since: 2010
The numbers: The Nets are worth an estimated $530 million, but operated at a considerable loss of $16 million last year (moving from New Jersey to New York will do that).
The Most Interesting Owner in the World: A shortlist of Prokhorov’s quirks and accomplishments:
-In 2012, he ran for president of Russia against Vladimir Putin. He garnered less than 10 percent of the vote.
-He stands 6’8”, making him the tallest owner in the NBA.
-One of his favorite hobbies is performing jet ski tricks (check YouTube, there’s proof).
-He heads the Russian Biathlon Union.
How he got rich: Nickel mines. Prokhorov bought up “reduced price” shares of the Norilsk Nickel company during Russia’s privatization spree after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2007, when he left the company, his shares were estimated to be worth $7.5 billion. Combined with his other mining ventures, the oligarch is worth about $13 billion.
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