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# 516 Denise York 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 6/12/2024

# 516 Denise York 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 6/12/2024
OccupationCo-Chair, San Francisco 49ers
Source of WealthSan Francisco 49ers
ResidenceYoungstown, Ohio
Marital StatusMarried
Age-Adjusted Net Worth$2.42B
Denise York
Denise York
United States
Net worth: $5.83B

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Wealth History

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Marie Denise DeBartolo York, born in 1950, is an American billionaire businesswoman.
She is the daughter of the late construction magnate Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. and Marie Patricia Montani DeBartolo.
York's family owns over 90% of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the 10 most valuable teams in the NFL.
Her father, Edward DeBartolo Sr., bought the 49ers for $13 million in 1977; it's now valued at $5.2 billion, growing at a 13.6% CAGR.
York took control of the 49ers in 2000 from her brother, Edward Jr., amidst legal troubles.
Denise and her husband John have four children, including Jed, the current CEO of the 49ers.

Early Life and Education

DeBartolo grew up in a family renowned for real estate development.
She attended Saint Mary's College of Indiana, a Catholic women's college near the University of Notre Dame.


After graduation, she joined The DeBartolo Corporation, eventually becoming its executive vice president.
Following her father's death in 1994, she became company co-chairman and oversaw the sale of all 78 DeBartolo malls.
In 1978, her father purchased the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, where she served as owner and president.
She led the Penguins to their championship season in 1990–91, becoming the third woman to preside over a Stanley Cup-winning team.
Sold the Penguins in 1991 to assist the DeBartolo Corporation amidst financial challenges post the real estate collapse of 1987.
Became operating head of the 49ers in 1999 after her brother's legal troubles, eventually handing control to her son Jed in 2008.
In 2018, the York family, through 49ers Enterprises, bought shares in English football club Leeds United and completed a full takeover in 2023.

Personal Life

Denise is married to retired American cancer research pathologist John York.
The couple resides in Canfield, Ohio, and has four children: Jed, Tony (deceased in 2018), Jenna, and Mara.

How long would it take you to become as rich as Denise York?

If you started with $10,000 and invested an additional $500 each month at a 43.94% CAGR, it would take you 5 years to reach Denise York's net worth of $5.83B.

Is this realistic? It depends how closely the VIX-TA-Macro Advanced model performs to its history in the future. Since Grizzly Bulls launched on January 1, 2022, it's returned 43.45% compared to 12.43% for the S&P 500 benchmark.

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Denise York is very wealthy, but what's stopping you from reaching that same level of success? As summarized in our five fundamental rules to wealth building, becoming wealthy in a modern capitalist economy is not complicated. There's actually only three variables:

  1. Your starting capital
  2. Your earnings after expenses
  3. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of your savings

Most people start with zero or very little, so if you weren't born into wealth, don't fret! The majority of the fortunate folks listed in our Grizzly Bulls’ Billionaires Index came from middle class or lower backgrounds. The most distinguishing characteristic of the group is their ability to consistently earn a high CAGR on their savings.

Every billionaire has a unique strategy to achieve high CAGR. For Denise York, San Francisco 49ers is the primary source. Whether you choose to invest your savings in your own businesses or the businesses of others is not as important. The salient piece of the puzzle is ensuring that your hard-earned savings are generating sufficient CAGR to reach your long term goals.

Most people simply invest their money in index funds and call it a day. There's nothing wrong with this approach, but it guarantees relative mediocrity. To achieve greatness, you need to invest your money to earn higher than average returns. In the long run, better investors will always finish ahead of better earners.

Source: Grizzly Bulls reporting

Methodology: Grizzly Bulls' Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world's billionaires and richest people. Grizzly Bulls strives to provide the most accurate net worth calculations available. We pull data from public equity markets, SEC filings, public real estate records, and other reputable sources.

The index is dynamic and updates daily at the close of U.S. stock market trading based on changes in the markets, economy, and updates to Grizzly Bulls' proprietary algorithm of personal wealth calculation. Stakes in public companies are tracked daily based on the relevant closing prices of the underlying securities. Additionally, stakes in private companies, cash, real estate, and other less easily valued assets are updated periodically through careful analysis of insider transactions, comparable public company sales / EBITDA multiples, etc.

Edited by: Lee Bailey