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#130 Phil Anschutz $11.1B

Random fact: Major League Soccer's championship trophy is named after him.


Anschutz owns Anschutz Corp, a closely held conglomerate that controls the Los Angeles Staples Center and Kings hockey team. It also has a stake in theater operator Regal Entertainment and interests in oil and gas assets. Other investments include a concessionaire for hotels and national parks, and Colorado water rights.

As of April 21, 2018:
Last change -$25.0M (-0.2%)
YTD change +$155M (+1.4%)
Industry Diversified
Biggest asset Cash
Citizenship United States
Age 78
Wealth Self-made
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Relative Value

Phil Anschutz's net worth of $11.1B can buy ...

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... and is equivalent to ...

of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
of the top 200 U.S. executives’ total awarded compensation
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times the median U.S. household income

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The majority of Anschutz's fortune is controlled through closely held Anschutz Corp. The Denver conglomerate owns a collection of businesses, the most valuable of which is Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns portions of four U.S. sports teams and 10 arenas. It also operates the second-largest concert promotion business in the world. AEG's valuation is detailed in footnotes of the net worth breakdown available to Bloomberg Professional subscribers.

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Anschutz probably has more than $6 billion in cash raised from years of asset sales. Since 1995, these sales include a controlling stake in Regal Entertainment Group, more than $4 billion of Qwest Communications stock, about $3 billion in energy assets, and hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate and sports teams. Over that same period, he made at least $4 billion in asset purchases and investments including the Los Angeles Kings, real estate and media company Opubco, and movie theater properties.

The valuation of additional closely held assets of Anschutz Co. are also detailed in the footnotes.

Responding to a December 2014 e-mail that valued Anschutz's fortune at $11 billion, Cole Finnegan, the billionaire's attorney said, "After conferring on this subject, we would note that while we might disagree on certain specifics, the aggregate total of $11 billion is right."


Birthdate: 12/28/1939
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: University of Kansas, Bachelor's Degree, Business

Born in rural Kansas in 1939, Anschutz entered the family business of oil wildcatting in the early 1970s. In 1979, he found what is now known as the Anschutz Ranch East oilfield outside Evanston, Wyoming. At the time, it was the largest U.S. discovery since Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. He sold half of the field to Mobil for $500 million in 1982.

That transaction began a long pattern of taking profits and reinvesting them into other industries. In 1984, he purchased the Rio Grande Railroad for $90 million. Four years later, he won the Southern Pacific Railroad with a $1.8 billion bid. In 1995, he sold the railroads to Union Pacific, netting $1.4 billion while retaining the right-of-way for laying fiber optic cable.

By the end of the 1990s, the fiber network was the core asset of Qwest Communications, a telecommunications company that had a peak market capitalization of $43 billion in 1999. The company was purchased by CenturyLink in 2010 for $23 billion, including the assumption of more than $11 billion in debt.

Anschutz used a portion of his almost $4 billion in Qwest share sales to invest in the entertainment business. He bought the debt of several movie theater chains to form Regal Entertainment, which he sold in a public offering in 2002. He remains its majority shareholder. He also formed movie production companies that bought the rights to C.S. Lewis' Narnia series and produced "Ray," an Oscar-winning biography of singer Ray Charles.

His most valuable asset is Anschutz Entertainment Group, a company that developed L.A. LIVE, a 27-acre entertainment complex in Los Angeles, and owns portions of four U.S. sports teams and 12 arenas. It also operates the second-largest concert promotion business in the world. In September 2012, Anschutz put AEG up for sale with an initial asking price of $10 billion. He pulled the company off the market in March 2013.

Anschutz is believed to have given only two press conferences -- on his purchase of Southern Pacific and on his decision not to sell AEG. The Denver, Colorado-based executive is a supporter of conservative causes and holds what is considered to be one of the most valuable private collections of American Western art.

  • 1939 Philip Anschutz is born in Russell, Kansas. He is raised in Wichita.
  • 1961 Graduates from the University of Kansas with a degree in business.
  • 1965 Starts Anschutz Co. and begins an oil drilling operation.
  • 1982 Mobil buys stake in Anschutz.
  • 2000 Shares of Qwest Communications fall amid technology stock crash.
  • 2002 Regal Entertainment sells shares in an initial public offering.
  • 2010 Qwest Communications is acquired by Century Link.
  • 2013 Pulls AEG off market after failing to get $10 billion asking price.