philly.com – The annual Forbes billionaire list is out, and this year Philadelphia can boast just one billionaire owner – the Sixers’ Joshua Harris. Harris, who lives in New York but graduated from Penn’s Wharton School, saw his estimated wealth rise to $2.1 billion, ranking his fortune at No. 243 in the United States, 704 in the world. Harris, cofounder and managing director of investment firm Apollo Global Management, “saw his fortune increase $600 million in the past year as shares of Apollo, which went public in 2011, rose to new highs,” according to Forbes. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fell off the list this year, with last summer’s divorce the obvious explanation. The value of the Eagles franchise went up to 1.26 billion last year, Forbes calculated in August. Harris is the main face of Sixers ownership, but a dozen others also have a stake, including West Philly rapper-turned-film-star Will Smith, and his wife, Jada. The group bought the team from Comcast in July 2011 for a reported $280 million. Lurie bought the Eagles franchise in 1994 for $185 million from Norman Braman, who has become a lot richer since.
Broke-ass Jeff Lurie installing wind turbines and solar panels just to look good and save a few million dollars. Real One Percenters like Josh Harris are too busy burning yachts for fun and befriending Mitt Romney to be concerned about public opinion or some loose change.
Which should tell you exactly why you probably don’t know what Josh Harris looks like off-hand but can pick Jeff Lurie out of a lineup without thinking. Josh is just too damned rich to even be visible to us beef-bodied underhumans. We’re just little walking dollar signs who are lucky to even be breathing the same air as someone like him. Which normally we don’t — Josh surely has someone there to ionize and platinumize his air before every breath.
You know you’re disconnected when Sixers CEO and Philadelphia’s latest Twitter villain Adam Aron is the person you choose to “connect” with the fans. Dude was a split second away from giving the Sixers a giant Moose mascot named Phil E. Moose. That really almost happened.
Don’t care if you’re a gay Scientologist Illuminati member — do your part, Will Smith.