Jerry Buss

Businessman and Real Estate Investor
Born Jan 27, 1934

Gerald Hatten "Jerry" Buss was an American businessman, real estate investor and chemist. He was the majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning 10 league championships that were highlighted by the team's Showtime era during the 1980s. Buss also owned other professional sports franchises in Southern California.… Read More

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1934 Birth Born on January 27, 1934.


1953 19 Years Old Buss worked his way through the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.S. degree in two and a half years in 1953. … Read More


1979 45 Years Old Buss became an owner in World Team Tennis, the Los Angeles Strings. He purchased the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA along with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team of the NHL, The Forum, and a large ranch from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979. … Read More


1999 65 Years Old Later, when the WNBA was formed, Buss took charge of operating that league's Los Angeles franchise, the Los Angeles Sparks. Eventually, all three teams moved into a more modern arena in downtown Los Angeles: Staples Center, which opened in 1999. … Read More
2002 68 Years Old In 2002, when the WNBA was restructured to give its teams individual owners, Buss assumed outright ownership of the Sparks.
2006 72 Years Old He sold the team in 2006. … Read More
2007 73 Years Old On May 29, 2007, Buss was issued a DUI citation after two California Highway Patrol officers saw him driving his gold Mercedes-Benz with a 23 year-old woman on the wrong side of the road in the coastal community of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. … Read More
2010 76 Years Old …  Announced as a member of the 2010 induction class of the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 5, 2010, he was formally enshrined as a contributor to the sport on August 13 of that same year.
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