Have you looked at the list of MLB owners that have won a World Series recently? Some of the names on that list will surprise you and some of them might be new to you. Either way, they were decision makers that helped take their team to the top — even if it was just temporary.
As the owner of an MLB team, winning a World Series is the ultimate prize. In a sport where profit is more important than anything, nothing helps fill seats and increase value more than a championship. It’s something the entire team benefits from — not just the owners of the team.
Did you know there have been 117 World Series since the first one was played in 1903? Over that time, the list of MLB owners that have won a championship has continued to grow. Some found their way on that list multiple times, while others were more of a one-hit-wonder.
List of MLB Owners to Win a World Series Since 1995
The Atlanta Braves just won their fourth World Series title in their 150 years of existence. They defeated the Houston Astros in six games en route to winning their first title since 1995 — the year after the 1994-95 strike. They’re now the sixth team to win multiple titles since 1995.
The other five MLB teams to achieve that milestone are the New York Yankees (5), Boston Red Sox (4), San Francisco Giants (3), St. Louis Cardinals (2), and Florida Marlins (2). Over the past eight years, we have seen eight different teams — eight different owners — win a World Series.
To celebrate the Braves winning their first World Series since 1995, let’s take a look back at 20 MLB owners that have won a World Series since then. In fact, our list of MLB owners will begin with the 1995 World Series winner and trust me, some of the names on this list will surprise you!
20. Ted Turner
Team: Atlanta Braves
Titles Since 1995: 1 (1995)
In his early days as owner of the Atlanta Braves, Ted Turner was extremely hands-on with the day-to-day operations and even served as interim manager in 1977. By the 1980s, the CNN and TBS founder started leaving operations to the staff and eventually won the 1995 World Series.
It was the franchise’s third World Series championship and first since 1957. The team went 90-54 in the strike-shortened regular season and 11-3 in the postseason — defeating the Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians en route to their World Series win.
19. George Steinbrenner
Team: New York Yankees
Titles Since 1995: 5 (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)
George Steinbrenner was one of the most iconic and well-known MLB owners in the world. Serving as owner from 1973-2010, Steinbrenner helped build a dynasty that won seven World Series titles — including five titles since 1995 — and 11 American League Championships.
After winning the title in 1996, the New York Yankees went on to win three straight World Series titles from 1998-2000 — going 12-1 in the World Series over that span. They won it once more in 2009, just one year before Steinbrenner passed away in Tampa Bay from a sudden heart attack.
18. Wayne Huizenga
Team: Florida Marlins
Titles Since 1995: 1 (1997)
From 1968-1984, Wayne Huizenga made a fortune by creating Waste Management and turning it into a Fortune 500 company. He would then fiddle around in the movie rental and automotive industries before becoming owner of the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, and Florida Panthers.
In his fifth year as owner and founder of the Florida Marlins, Huizenga’s team won the World Series after going 92-70 in the regular season. They defeated the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, and Cleveland Indians to win their first of two World Series titles since 1995.
17. Jerry Colangelo
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2001)
Jerry Colangelo is nothing short of a legend in the sports community. During his professional career, he has owned or managed the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Sandsharks, Arizona Rattlers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. He has found success everywhere he has gone.
Just four years after bringing an MLB team to Arizona via expansion, Colangelo’s Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series after finishing 92-70 in the regular season and defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and New York Yankees in the 2001 postseason.
16. The Walt Disney Company
Team: Anaheim Angels
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2002)
The Walt Disney Company is famous for creating the NHL expansion team, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, but they also held control of the Anaheim Angels from 1996-2003. The team played well, but didn’t receive a postseason berth until 2002 after finishing the season 99-63.
During that 2002 postseason, the Anaheim Angels beat the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and San Francisco Giants en route to the franchise’s first and only World Series victory. That same year, the Mighty Ducks lost a seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Finals.
15. Jeffrey Loria
Team: Florida Marlins
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2003)
Jeffrey Loria made his fortune after creating a private art dealing business. He would eventually own a AAA team before owning a stake in the Montreal Expos and eventually being named owner of the Florida Marlins. He bought the team from John W. Henry in January 2002.
After missing out on the playoffs in 2002, the Florida Marlins returned to the postseason in 2003 for the first time since winning the World Series in 1997. The Marlins would go on to win their second World Series after defeating the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees.
14. John W. Henry
Team: Boston Red Sox
Titles Since 1995: 4 (2004, 2007, 2013, 2018)
Speaking of John W. Henry, he decided to purchase the Boston Red Sox after his sale of the Florida Marlins and it has been a match made in heaven. He has been the majority owner ever since and has won four World Series championships during his time as majority owner.
He was instrumental in turning around a Red Sox franchise that hadn’t won a World Series since 1918. His team has consistently been in the running for a title and has made the postseason 11 times since his takeover. He was also instrumental in keeping and renovating Fenway Park.
13. Jerry Reinsdorf
Team: Chicago White Sox
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2005)
Right around the same time Jerry Reinsdorf sold his Balcor company for $102 million, he purchased the Chicago White Sox for $19 million and has been owner now for four decades. Several years later, he became majority owner (63% ownership) of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
Under Reinsdorf’s control, the White Sox made the postseason seven times and enjoyed a World Series victory in 2005 — the franchise’s third overall and first since 1917. They went 11-1 in the postseason, defeating the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and Houston Astros.
12. William DeWitt Jr.
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Titles: 2 (2006, 2011)
William DeWitt Jr. found a lot of success with his investment firm and held an ownership stake in the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Cincinnati Stingers before purchasing the St. Louis Cardinals in 1995 for $150 million. He has been principal owner since.
Under his leadership, the St. Louis Cardinals have won two World Series and lost two World Series. They’ve made the postseason 16 times and made it to the NLCS 11 of those times. The Cardinals are still successful to this day, making the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.
11. David P. Montgomery
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2008)
David P. Montgomery began his career in the MLB as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ sales team in 1971. He would also serve as scoreboard operator, director of sales, and head of the business department before purchasing the team with co-owner Bill Giles in 1971.
Although Giles was the primary owner, David P. Montgomery eventually earned that role in 1997. The Phillies wouldn’t make the postseason until 2007 and won the World Series in 2008. They almost won back-to-back championships, but lost to the New York Yankees in 2009.
10. Bill Neukom
Team: San Francisco Giants
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2010)
Bill Neukom was a successful lawyer that eventually wound up working with Microsoft for nearly 25 years after being approached by Bill Gates in 1978. Neukom became an investor in the San Francisco Giants in 1995 and was named Managing General Partner from 2008 until 2011.
The Giants only made the postseason one year during Neukom’s time with the team, but it was a special year that ended with a 2010 World Series win. They went 92-70 in the regular season and 11-4 in the playoffs, beating the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers.
9. Larry Baer
Team: San Francisco Giants
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2012)
When Bill Neukom left the San Francisco Giants in 2011, Larry Baer was named chief executive officer of the team. He was a member of the ownership group that kept the Giants in San Francisco in 1992 and even served as marketing director after graduating from college in 1980.
In his first season as CEO of the team, the Giants won the 2012 World Series after going 94-68 in the regular season and 11-5 in the postseason. He’s still in control of team duties, but Charles B. Johnson is currently the principal owner. They’re a part of a much larger ownership group.
8. Charles B. Johnson
Team: San Francisco Giants
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2014)
Charles B. Johnson earned his fortune at a mutual fund company, working his way up to CEO and helping to take the company public. He was a member of the ownership group that took control of the San Francisco Giants in 1992, along with Larry Baer and several others.
Since becoming principal owner, the San Francisco Giants have won one World Series and appeared in three National League Division Series. Their 2014 World Series victory was their third in five years and eighth overall. They recently made it back to the NLDS in 2021.
7. David Glass
Team: Kansas City Royals
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2015)
David Glass started working as a WalMart executive in 1977 and eventually worked his way up to chief executive officer in 1988. Glass was named interim CEO and chairman of the Kansas City Royals in 1993 and decided to step down from his position as CEO of WalMart in 2000.
That same year, Glass became the sole owner of the Royals and stayed with the team until 2019. The Royals only made the postseason two years during that span, making it to the World Series in 2014 and 2015. They eventually beat the New York Mets 4-1 in the 2015 World Series.
6. Thomas S. Ricketts
Team: Chicago Cubs
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2016)
Thomas S. Ricketts was named Chairman of the Chicago Cubs after his family was awarded ownership of the team in 2009. Ricketts, along with his three siblings Pete, Laura, and Todd, share ownership and each serve on the team’s board of directors for the team to this day.
Under Ricketts’ leadership, the Cubs didn’t make the postseason until 2015. They would go on to make three-straight NLCS appearances and an impressive World Series victory in 2016. The World Series win ended the Cubs’ longtime championship drought that dated back to 1908.
5. Jim Crane
Team: Houston Astros
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2017)
Jim Crane purchased the Houston Astros from Drayton McLane for $680 million in 2011 after failing to win a bid in 2008 — as well as bids for the Cubs in 2009 and Rangers in 2010. At the time of the sale, the Astros had never won a title and had only nine postseason appearances.
In 11 seasons since taking over, Crane has led the Houston Astros to six playoff appearances, five consecutive ALCS appearances, and three World Series appearances. The team won the World Series in 2017, but lost to the Washington Nationals in 2019 and Atlanta Braves in 2021.
4. Mark D. Lerner
Team: Washington Nationals
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2019)
The Lerner family has owned a majority of the Washington Nationals since Mark D. Lerner’s father, Ted Lerner, purchased the team. Ted Lerner was the managing principal owner up until 2018, when he handed the role to his son, Mark D. Lerner — the current principal owner.
After a winning season in 2018, the Nationals went on to win the 2019 World Series in their first season since watching Bryce Harper leave. Washington went 93-69 in the regular season and 12-5 in the postseason, defeating the Brewers, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Astros along the way.
3. Billie Jean King
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2020)
Billie Jean King is one of the most respected, decorated, well-known, and talented tennis players to ever step foot on the court. She’s the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and has won 39 Grand Slam titles — including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles, and 11 mixed doubles.
In 2018, Billie Jean King — along with Ilana Kloss — became minority owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers just in time for the team to win the World Series in 2020. The Dodgers have now made it to the NLCS in back-to-back years and have three World Series appearances since 2017.
2. Magic Johnson
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2020)
Billie Jean King isn’t the only non-baseball superstar athlete to win a World Series as owner. Magic Johnson led the 2018 bid that won ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The bid included Guggenheim Partners, Stan Kasten, Mark Walter, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton, and Todd Boehly.
Johnson is largely considered the leader of the ownership group, crediting Jerry Buss with giving him the knowledge necessary to succeed as an owner. He’s also a member of the Los Angeles Sparks’ ownership group. To this day, Mark Walter is the Dodgers’ principal owner.
1. John Malone
Team: Atlanta Braves
Titles Since 1995: 1 (2021)
Liberty Media was founded in 1991 by current chairman John C. Malone. Through the years, it has ventured into three major divisions — the Atlanta Braves’ ownership division, the Formula One division, and the SiriusXM division. They officially took over the Atlanta Braves in 2007.
Since acquiring the Braves, Liberty Media has helped them to seven postseason appearances, two-straight NLCS appearances, and a World Series victory in 2021. They’ve won their division four years in a row and are building a team that can compete for many years to come.
Who Will Join the List of MLB Owners With a World Series?
MLB owners dream of the day their team wins a World Series — after all, they pay their players and coaches the big bucks to win. Unfortunately, winning a World Series is easier said than done and it’s something that’s only been achieved 117 times throughout the history of the MLB.
In fact, the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres are the six MLB teams that have never won a World Series before. Furthermore, the Seattle Mariners are the only team to never appear in a World Series.
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Winning isn’t easy, but the good news is one team must be named champion when it’s all said and done. Some of the owners in our list of MLB owners above could find their way back in World Series contention in 2022, but only time will tell which owner comes out on top.
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