Jerry Buss

Businessman and Real Estate Investor
Born Jan 27, 1934

Gerald Hatten "Jerry" Buss Ph.D. , M.S. is an American businessman, real estate investor, and a former chemist. He is the majority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team along with other professional sports franchises in Southern California. 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.… Read More

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1933 Birth Born on January 27, 1933.


1953 20 Years Old Buss earned a scholarship to the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.S. degree in two and a half years in 1953.
1957 24 Years Old He then returned to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1957 at the age of 24. … Read More


1972 39 Years Old Buss' marriage to the former JoAnn Mueller ended in divorce in 1972 after having four children: Johnny (b. 1957), Jim (b. 1959), Jeanie (b. 1961) and Janie (b. 1964). … Read More


1974 41 Years Old In 1974 Buss produced a movie named Black Eye starring former gridiron star Fred "the Hammer" Williamson. … Read More
1979 46 Years Old Buss became an owner of the Los Angeles Strings in World Team Tennis. 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


1990 57 Years Old In 1990, he reached a settlement out of court in a palimony suit filed by Puppi Buss, who said that she had an on-and-off relationship with Buss for 15 years, and also alleged that he fathered her son; details of the settlement were not revealed.


1996 63 Years Old Later, when the WNBA was formed in 1996, Buss took charge of operating that league's Los Angeles franchise, the Los Angeles Sparks. … Read More
2002 69 Years Old In 2002, when the WNBA was restructured to give its teams individual owners, Buss took ownership of the Sparks.
2006 73 Years Old He sold the team in 2006. … Read More
2007 74 Years Old On May 29, 2007, Buss was issued a citation for driving under the influence after two California Highway Patrol officers saw him driving his gold Mercedes-Benz on the wrong side of the road in the coastal community of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County, with a 23-year-old woman passenger. … Read More
2008 75 Years Old In January 2008, Buss donated $7.5 million to USC's Department of Chemistry to fund two endowed chairs and an endowed scholarship fund for chemistry graduate students; the two chairs were to be named after his mentors at USC, Professors Sidney Benson and David Dows. … Read More
2012 79 Years Old In 2012, Buss was in a hospital for months with an undisclosed intestinal problem.
Through his 80th birthday on January 27, 2013, he had not attended a Lakers game during the 2012–13 season due to health concerns.
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