Seattle Sounders FC is getting numerous new house owners immediately as a part of a joint possession group spearheaded by former Microsoft govt Terry Myerson. Eleven households with connections to the Seattle space have teamed as much as form a new ownership group for the Sounders soccer membership, and so they embody some massive names. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his spouse Anu Nadella are a part of the possession group, alongside Joe Belfiore, CVP of experiences and gadgets at Microsoft, and his spouse Kristina Belfiore. Seattle-born rapper Macklemore and his spouse Tricia Davis are additionally becoming a member of the group. Here’s the complete checklist:
After departing as Microsoft’s Windows chief final summer season, Myerson has been instrumental in bringing collectively these households and pushing via the change in possession. Myerson was after Joe Roth, the founding companion of Sounders FC, determined to promote his fairness within the membership final 12 months. A Californian-based funding group had been eyeing Roth’s share to attempt to take management of the crew. “I quickly realized the value of Joe’s equity – and that I could not do this alone,” explains Myerson in a detailed blog post recounting the deal. “I would need to find a group of like-minded people, who were willing to invest in the Sounders as a pillar of the Seattle community, and were willing to make the bet that soccer would grow in popularity along with me.”
Nadella was the primary particular person Myerson emailed concerning the alternative to save lots of the Sounders possession and preserve the crew possession in Seattle. Nadella and Microsoft CFO Amy Hood shortly signed as much as assist, alongside Joe Belfiore and former Microsoft program supervisor Christine Chew.
Myerson is now a companion at enterprise capital agency Madrona. Through a sequence of connections, he was even capable of persuade Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to get entangled within the possession group. That led to Macklemore listening to concerning the group and serving to retain Seattle-based possession of the Sounders.
The change in possession finally closed on July 31st, roughly 15 months after Myerson first began discussions. Around 31 individuals or organizations have been concerned within the deal, and Adrian Hanauer, Drew Carey, and Jody Allen will all proceed their dedicated tenures with Sounders FC. The Seattle-based soccer membership isn’t revealing how a lot the possession group invested to make the deal occur.
Nadella will now be part of former CEO Steve Ballmer in proudly owning a part of a sports activities crew. Ballmer bought the LA Clippers 5 years in the past for $2 billion, and he was tremendous hyped to welcome Kawhi Leonard just lately, the NBA’s most sought-after player. The Seattle Seahawks is now owned by the Paul Allen Trust after the Microsoft co-founder died final 12 months.