Oprah Winfrey is thinking about branching out into the sports business. The media mogul is interesting in buying the Los Angeles Clippers if current owner Donald Sterling is forced to sell, according to a report on Wednesday from ESPN.
The OWN head honcho would team up with music and film mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in a bid to buy the he NBA franchise if the board of governors votes to force Sterling to sell the team. Sterling has already been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million after a recording of him making racist remarks to his rumored girlfriend V. Stiviano was leaked to the press.
Geffen told ESPN that Winfrey would be an investor. "Oprah is not interested in running the team," he told ESPN. "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.” Winfrey's spokesperson issued a statement that confirmed the 60-year old billionaire was in talks to make a bid for the team.
Winfrey has already commented on the Sterling situation. During a guest appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday, she said, "Of course I've been following this story. It feels like a plantation mentality in the 21st century, in 2014, it just doesn't fit. I'm waiting to see what they're going to do, because something has to be done."
Oprah Winfrey is just one of many big name celebrities who’ve expressed an interested in buying the NBA team. According to CBS New York, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., actor Matt Damon, and rap icons Dr. Dre and Diddy have also expressed interest in making a bid. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has already said he will do whatever is in his power to force Sterling to sell the team, but legal experts say it will be difficult to convince a court to make him sell.
According to Forbes, Winfrey’s net worth is $ 2.9 billion. In addition to her OWN network, she rakes in earnings from her Harpo production company, O Magazine, and her Sirius XM network. She’s also a serious real estate investor with properties in Maui, Chicago, New York and California.