Jeanie Buss, the team’s President and controlling owner, is the daughter of late Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. She became the president of the Great Western Forum after becoming the owner of the Los Angeles Blades, a roller hockey club. As a result of her father’s passing, she was appointed vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers.
|Full Name||Jeanie Marie Buss|
|Birth Date||26 September 1961|
|Birth Place||California, USA|
|Height||5 ft 7 inch|
|Life & Career|
Jeanie Marie Buss was born in Santa Monica, California, on 26th of September 1961. Joann and Jerry Buss raised Jeanie and her three siblings when her father began to succeed in real estate when she was still a child. As a result of this, the physical chemistry PhD graduate would have a string of successful real estate deals. Jerry Buss and his business partner Frank Mariani eventually established Mariani-Buss Associates, a real estate investment firm.
Jerry had divorced Joann by this time, leaving Joanie with major emotional problems. Her bond with her father, on the other hand, remained strong. At this point, Jerry started buying up a number of sports clubs in the Los Angeles area. With the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Strings in the mix were the Los Angeles Hockey Kings.
She began attending World Team Tennis meetings with Jerry when she was 14 years old, and she learned a lot of valuable principles that she would later apply to leading the Los Angeles Strings. She made the decision to live with her father full-time when she was 17 years old.
Jeanie went to college while learning the ropes of business and sports management from her father. She enrolled in the University of Southern California, where she majored in business and graduated with honors. Jerry chose Jeanie, then 19, as the new manager of the Los Angeles Strings during her undergraduate years. After purchasing the Los Angeles Blades of Roller Hockey International, Jeanie served as president of the Great Western Forum for four years.
Jerry wanted to have her take over the business side of the Lakers while her brother Jim handled the sports-related issues when she proven her business skills. Throughout her career, she had established herself as one of the sport’s most strong females. Buss later dismissed both General Manager Mitch Kupchak and her brother Jim, who was working as VP of Basketball Operations, after Jerry’s death in 2013.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Johnny, Jeanie’s brother, attempted to take control of The Lakers from his sister in 2017. After a long battle, Jeanie was able to take even more control of the group. She is now completely in charge of all Laker family choices.
Jeanie Buss is presently without a partner. She was previously married to Steve Timmons, a volleyball player, in 1990, but tragedy struck their lives, forcing them to separate in 1993. After that, her ex-husband married actress Debbe Dunning, with whom he had three children.
Then she began dating Phil Jackson, a former basketball player who is now a National Basketball Association administrator and coach. They were together for over 15 years, starting in December 1999. In December of 2012, they got engaged. Jeanie, on the other hand, declared the end of their engagement in December 2016.
In 2017, she was linked to an actor, radio broadcaster, and comedian named Jay Mohr. He was married to Nikki Cox, but the couple split in 2017 after he accused her of having some addictions.
Jeanie Buss is a multimillionaire with a net worth of $500 million. Buss’ Playa Vista property was reported to have sold for $2.575 million in 2019. Her previous Playa Vista property has over 3,200 square feet of living area and is situated on a corner lot.
In 2020, Jeanie acquired a new house in the Playa del Rey neighbourhood of Los Angeles. She spent $2.6 million on the home, which is conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport. Despite the fact that Buss had previously owned a number of houses in the Los Angeles region, this was her first waterfront home.