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How rich is Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander?

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has put his team up for sale, 24 years after buying it for $85 million. And if recent history is any guide, he’s going to get quite the return on his investment.

Alexander is worth $1.9 billion according to Forbes, and the team is valued at $1.65 billion. He first landed on the Forbes 400 in 2006.

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“I’ve had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans,” Alexander said in a statement.

While $1.9 billion is quite a fortune, is still puts him well below the richest sports owner, Stan Kroenke who has a networth of $7.5 billion. Kroenke owns a number of franchises, including the Denver Nuggets, LA Rams and Arsenal soccer team. 

He also trails fellow Texas sports owners  Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban and Bob McNair. 

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You can see where Alexander compares to the richest people in Texas in the gallery above. 

Alexander is a former stock trader from New Jersey who received a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

He bought the Rockets in 1993, the same year the team won its first NBA championship.

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A number of other NBA teams changed hands earlier this decade, with the Grizzlies, Pelicans, Kings and Bucks all going for between $350 million and $550 million. 

However, in 2014 the Los Angeles Clippers were sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a NBA record $2 billion.

The New York Knicks are currently considered the most valuable NBA franchise at $3.3 billion, according to Forbes.

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