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# 772 James Irsay 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 5/27/2024

# 772 James Irsay 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 5/27/2024
OccupationCEO, Indianapolis Colts
Source of WealthIndianapolis Colts
ResidenceCarmel, Indiana
Marital StatusDivorced
EducationBS, Southern Methodist University
Age-Adjusted Net Worth$3.17B
James Irsay
James Irsay
United States
Net worth: $4.15B

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James Irsay is the owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts, a position he inherited from his father.
He is most known for his ownership of the Colts and his involvement in NFL management.
Irsay's wealth primarily stems from his ownership of the Colts franchise, which has appreciated significantly over the years.

Early Life

James Irsay was born on June 13, 1959, in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
He is the son of the late Robert Irsay, who was also an entrepreneur and the original owner of the Colts.
Growing up, Irsay was exposed to the business of sports through his father's ownership of the team.


Irsay attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where he studied broadcast journalism.
During his time at SMU, he gained insight into media and communications, which would later aid him in his role as the owner of an NFL franchise.

Career Path

In 1984, James Irsay became the Vice President and General Manager of the Colts under his father's ownership.
Following his father's passing in 1997, Irsay inherited the position of owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts.
Under his leadership, the Colts have experienced success, including winning Super Bowl XLI in 2007.


Irsay is involved in various philanthropic endeavors, particularly in the fields of health, education, and youth development.
He has donated millions of dollars to organizations such as the Riley Children's Foundation and the Indiana University Health Foundation.
In 2017, Irsay donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Personal Life

James Irsay has faced personal struggles, including battles with addiction, which he has been open about.
Despite these challenges, he has sought treatment and has been outspoken about the importance of mental health awareness and addiction recovery.

How long would it take you to become as rich as James Irsay?

If you started with $10,000 and invested an additional $500 each month at a 44.02% CAGR, it would take you 5 years to reach James Irsay's net worth of $4.15B.

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 42.57% compared to 11.75% for the S&P 500 benchmark.

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James Irsay 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 James Irsay, Indianapolis Colts 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