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USFL Owners

In stark contrast to the last professional football league to challenge the NFL, the 1974-75 World Football League, United States Football League owners were generally well-capitalized and had the means to operate a pro sports franchise.

Though USFL owners came from all walks of life, many of them built their fortunes in real estate. USFL owners included shopping mall developers, a politically-savvy attorney, oil tycoons, the world's largest cotton magnate, erstwhile politians, accomplished surgeons and even a former football player. One later became an NFL team owner.

A few may have made money on the sale of their USFL franchises, but most made greater impressions in their chosen fields. Listed below are the majority owners of USFL franchises: