Jerry Buss
American businessman and real estate investor
Jerry Buss
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.
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The Lakers are officially Jeanie Buss' team, so what will she do?
LATimes - about 24 hours
She is firmly in her father’s chair now, no more shadow, no more question. Four years after the death of the legendary Jerry Buss, his daughter finally, formally emerged Monday as the powerful leader of Los Angeles’ most powerful sports franchise. The Lakers are now Jeanie Buss’ team. It’s official,...
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Legal experts say Jeanie Buss appears well positioned to retain control of Lakers
LATimes - 21 days
Buried in the 39-page trust document stamped “Confidential” is the paragraph at the heart of the struggle to control the Lakers. Wedged between legalese about distributing household items and trustee powers, the 148 words lay out Jerry Buss’ plan for who would run the team after his death in 2013. ...
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LA Lakers Purge Front Office As The Magic Johnson Era Commences
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Jeanie Buss lends memories of her father to a new Lakers documentary
LATimes - 6 months
When Jeanie Buss sorts through her late father’s belongings and memorabilia from his life, her emotions are complicated. Preserving Jerry Buss’ legacy matters to her. It’s part of the impetus for her latest passion project. Haven Entertainment has begun production on an untitled Lakers documentary....
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Jeanie Buss lends memories of her father to a new Lakers documentary
LATimes - 6 months
When Jeanie Buss sorts through her late father’s belongings and memorabilia from his life, her emotions are complicated. Preserving Jerry Buss’ legacy matters to her. It’s part of the impetus for her latest passion project. Haven Entertainment has begun production on an untitled Lakers documentary....
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Jeanie Buss lends memories of her father to a new Lakers documentary
LATimes - 6 months
When Jeanie Buss sorts through her late father’s belongings and memorabilia from his life, her emotions are complicated. Preserving Jerry Buss’ legacy matters to her. It’s part of the impetus for her latest passion project. Haven Entertainment has begun production on an untitled Lakers documentary....
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Jeanie Buss lends memories of her father to a new Lakers documentary
LATimes - 6 months
When Jeanie Buss sorts through her late father’s belongings and memorabilia from his life, her emotions are complicated. Preserving Jerry Buss’ legacy matters to her. It’s part of the impetus for her latest passion project. Haven Entertainment has begun production on an untitled Lakers documentary....
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Kobe Bryant Retires, Possibly to Pursue Film but Needs to Rewrite Lakers Happy Ending
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Thanksgiving weekend came with a twist this year as Kobe Bryant announced his retirement, putting the capstone on a storied career. Asked to speculate what's next for Bryant, journalists Michael Wilbon and J.A. Adande both alluded to the legend's passion for storytelling, hinting at creative pursuits such as filmmaking. With the organization in shambles, now's the time for Kobe the future film mogul to reboot this Hollywood tragedy the same way he has scripted his entire career. Oddly it all makes perfect sense. Bryant's entire career was built around a narrative he himself had penned, and that he was hell-bent on fulfilling. Now as a new breed triple thread - producer, writer and director, the man with more comebacks than Rocky must pull for a management overhaul and remake the Lakeshow like it was his own Adonis Creed. In retrospect, the five parts of his career flow perfectly, but the final parts are a work in progress. Part I: Genesis. It started with overnight stard ...
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Bill Sharman Dead: NBA Hall Of Fame Coach, Player With Celtics, Lakers Dies At 87
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 87. Sharman died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, the Lakers announced. Sharman's unique basketball career spanned both sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry over a half-century in the sport as a smooth shooting guard, a championship-winning coach and a successful executive. "Bill Sharman was, without a doubt, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met, and one of my all-time favorite individuals, both as a competitor and as a friend," said Jerry West, who played for Sharman and worked alongside him in the Lakers' front office. "He was the epitome of class and dignity and, I can assure you, we find few men of his character in this world." Sharman won four NBA titles during an 11-season career as a shooting guard in Boston, teaming with Bob Cousy in one of the most potent backcourts in league history ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jerry Buss
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 79
    The 2013 World Series of Poker held The $2,500 Seven Card Stud tournament in his memory and drew 246 entrants.
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    On February 14, 2013, it was revealed that Buss had been battling cancer since 2012.
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    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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  • 2012
    Age 78
    In 2012, Buss was in a hospital for months with an undisclosed intestinal problem.
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  • 2008
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Buss was an inaugural member of the USC College Board of Councilors. His philanthropy also extended to people associated with the Lakers. When former Lakers player Walt Hazzard, then an adviser to the team, suffered a catastrophic stroke in 1996, Buss kept Hazzard on the payroll, and told Hazzard's son that his father would remain a Lakers employee for as long as Buss owned the team. When Hazzard died in 2011, he was still a Lakers employee.
  • 2007
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After failing a field sobriety test, Buss was taken into custody, given a blood test and booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level over .08.
  • 2006
    Age 72
    He sold the team in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Buss also owned the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The Lazers also played in The Forum. The team folded in 1989 and the league folded three years later. His contributions to basketball were recognized by his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Buss was a high-stakes cash game poker player for many years, but later in life was more active in tournament games. His best finishes included third in the 1991 World Series of Poker seven-card stud event and second place in the 2003 World Poker Tour Freeroll invitational. He has appeared in the GSN series High Stakes Poker and the NBC late-night series Poker After Dark.
  • 2002
    Age 68
    In 2002, when the WNBA was restructured to give its teams individual owners, Buss took ownership of the Sparks.
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  • 1996
    Age 62
    Later, when the WNBA was formed in 1996, Buss took charge of operating that league's Los Angeles franchise, the Los Angeles Sparks.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually, all three teams moved into a more modern arena in downtown Los Angeles, the Staples Center, which opened in 1999. As part of the deal to move the Lakers into Staples Center, Buss sold the Great Western Forum (which was later reverted to its original name). The Lakers were very successful under Buss' ownership, winning ten NBA championships with such players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, and with coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. He inspired the Lakers' Showtime era with his vision that basketball games must be entertaining. The Sparks also experienced their share of success, winning two WNBA championships with such players as Lisa Leslie, Tamecka Dixon and DeLisha Milton-Jones.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 56
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Buss later sold the Kings, retaining ownership of the Lakers and The Forum. He then reached a major advertising agreement with Great Western Bank for the naming rights to The Forum, resulting in the official name of the building being changed to the Great Western Forum.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 40
    In 1974 Buss produced a movie named Black Eye starring former gridiron star Fred "the Hammer" Williamson.
    More Details Hide Details In 1979 Jerry purchased Pickfair Mansion in Beverly Hills from the estate of Mary Pickford. He was also the co-owner of a real estate investment company called Mariani-Buss Associates with his long-time business partner Frank Mariani.
  • 1972
    Age 38
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Buss later had two more children with a girlfriend, Karen Demel: Joey (b. 1985) and Jesse (b. 1988). At his death, all six of his children worked in the Lakers organization. During his time as Lakers owner, Buss was widely known as a playboy and had a string of young girlfriends.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Buss started as a chemist for the Bureau of Mines (now the Mine Safety and Health Administration); he then briefly worked in the aerospace industry and was on the faculty of USC's chemistry department. He originally went into real estate investing in order to provide an income so he could continue teaching. His first investment in the 1960s was $1,000 in a West Los Angeles apartment building. Finding great success in the real estate business, he pursued real estate investing full-time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 19
    Buss earned a scholarship to the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.S. degree in two and a half years in 1953.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on January 27, 1933.
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