Donald Sterling, who was born on April 26, 1934, is an American business owner. He has owned many businesses over the years. He is also the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a professional basketball team that he has owned since the 1980s.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the successful businessman:
Donald Sterling Facts #1:
The American business owner is very wealthy. As of April 2014, he has a net worth of $1.9 billion dollars. This should not be a surprising fact because he has made many smart investments over his lifetime.
Donald Sterling Facts #2:
He was banned from the NBA for the rest of his life on April 29, 2014. He was also fined $2.5 million for racist comments that were captured on a recording. It should be noted that he is 80-years-old, and that he probably will not live for much longer due to his age and a recent diagnosis of cancer. As for the money that he has been fined, it is not much in relative terms because of his net worth. If he has to sell his team, however, he would likely be devastated.
Donald Sterling Facts #3:
The former attorney became the longest-tenured owner in professional basketball when Jerry Buss passed away in 2013. Buss was the majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Donald Sterling Facts #4:
When he was in high school, he was one of the most popular students. He was the class president at the school that he attended, the Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles.
Donald Sterling Facts #5:
Although life is now much better for Jewish attorneys in the United States, when Sterling practiced law as a personal injury attorney, Jewish people had difficulty finding work opportunities at accomplished law firms.
Donald Sterling Facts #6:
As previously mentioned, Donald Sterling is very rich. He made a significant portion of his money from an apartment building in Beverly Hills that he purchased.
Donald Sterling Facts #7:
One fact that I did not know about the American businessman is that he was given advice by Jerry Buss to buy a professional basketball team. Sterling purchased the San Diego Clippers for $12.5 million dollars.
Donald Sterling Facts #8:
He has been fined a number of times before by the NBA. For instance, he voiced his opinion that his team should not perform well in the 1982 season in order to have a greater chance at drafting a talented basketball player, such as Ralph Sampson. He was fined $10,000 dollars for his opinion. He was also fined $25 million for moving the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles without obtaining the approval of the league. This number decreased to $6 million when he sued the league for $100 million.
Donald Sterling Facts #9:
Another interesting fact about the California lawyer is that he was going to receive an award by the National Association for the Advancement of Color People before he voiced his now famous comments about black people.
Donald Sterling Facts #10:
The last interesting fact about the Los Angeles Clippers owner is that the University of California, Los Angeles did not accept a gift from him on April 29, 2014. The gift was worth $3 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski, “How NBA could deliver knockout blow to Clippers owner Donald Sterling,” Yahoo! Sports.
Michael Martinez, “L.A. Clippers’ Donald Sterling saga turns on secret recordings, high drama,” CNN US.
Nancy Dillon and Larry McShane, “Donald Sterling apparently shocked to be called racist in new secretly recorded conversation,” NYDailyNews.com.