Special Report

The Sports Teams Worth the Most Money

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10. Bayern Munich (Germany), Soccer
> Value: $4.21 billion
> Owner(s): Club members
> Price paid: Not applicable
> Change in value since last purchase: Not applicable
> Last title: UEFA Champions League Winner, 2020

Since its founding in 1900, Bayern Munich, F.C. has grabbed 25 national titles and is one of only three clubs to win all three major European trophies: the European Cup/Champions League, the Europa League and the Cup Winners’ Cup. However, it had to wait a bit for success: The club didn’t win its first national championship until 1932.

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9. New York Giants, NFL
> Value: $4.3 billion
> Owner(s): John Mara, Steven Tisch
> Price paid: $500 in 1925, $150 million in 1991
> Change in value since last purchase: +$4.2 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 2011

In 1925, the New York Giants joined the NFL when owner Tim Mara invested $500 in the franchise. The team has won four Super Bowls, so it is apparent the investment has paid off.

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8. New England Patriots, NFL
> Value: $4.4 billion
> Owner(s): Robert Kraft
> Price paid: $172 million in 1994
> Change in value since last purchase: +$4.2 Billion
> Last title: Super Bowl Champion, 2018

First known as the Boston Patriots, the team became the New England Patriots in 1970. The team has won six Super Bowl titles and 11 AFC championships, making them one of the most successful NFL franchises.

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7. Los Angeles Lakers, NBA
> Value: $4.6 billion
> Owner(s): Jerry Buss Family Trusts, Philip Anschutz
> Price paid: $20 million in 1979, $268 million in 1998
> Change in value since last purchase: +$4.3 Billion
> Last title: NBA Champion, 2020

The team’s nickname harkens back to the club’s original city, Minneapolis, known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. When the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960, they kept the name.

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6. Golden State Warriors, NBA
> Value: $4.7 billion
> Owner(s): Joe Lacob, Peter Gruber
> Price paid: $450 million in 2010
> Change in value since last purchase: +$4.3 Billion
> Last title: NBA Champion, 2018

Like MLB’s Dodgers and Giants, the Golden State Warriors started in the East and moved West. Originally a Philadelphia team founded in 1946, the Warriors relocated to San Francisco after the 1961-62 season.