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5 Successful Athletes — Off the Court

These athletes went on to have impressive business careers

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Roger Staubach

Speculation has the former Dallas quarterback’s net worth pegged at $600 million. That seems a tad high. The deal to sell his real estate company in 2008 was for $613 million in cash plus $114 million in possible performance payouts. However, the late Richard Rainwater acquired 20% of the company in 1999, and it’s unknown what percentage of the Staubach Company was owned by the man himself and what percentage by other employees.

As a football player, Staubach didn’t make a whole lot, so he worked in real estate in the offseason to make ends meet. What was unique about Staubach’s company was it represented the tenant rather than the landlord — a relatively rare concept in 1982, when he established the business. CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell calls Staubach the “most successful athlete-businessman of all-time.” My top nod goes elsewhere, but Staubach’s right up there.

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