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.