Who Is the Kansas City Chiefs’ Owner? History of the Hunt Family

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the NFL. We look at their history, including Chiefs' owner Clark Hunt.

After winning Super Bowl IV in 1969, the Kansas City Chiefs went a whole 50 years before playing in another one. However, they have now appeared in two of the last three thanks to the franchise-changing pairing of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.

The Chiefs have emerged as one of the best NFL teams in the league over the past few seasons under the Chiefs’ part-owner and president, Clark Hunt. Let’s get to know the owner better.

Who Is the Kansas City Chiefs’ Owner?

The Chiefs have remained under the Hunt family’s ownership since its inception in 1959. Lamar Hunt’s son, Clark, joined the Chiefs in 2005 as their chairman.

When Lamar passed away in 2006, his second wife, Norma, and Clark’s siblings, Sharron, Lamar Jr., and Daniel, all inherited ownership stakes in the team. Clark was appointed the “de facto owner,” which allowed him to be the one representing the team at all NFL owners’ meetings.

Lamar also founded three Major League Soccer franchises, the Kansas City Wizards (now known as Sporting Kansas City), the Columbus Crew, and FC Dallas. Clark remains an owner of FC Dallas, while the other two franchises have since been sold off. Clark was also one of the key figures in helping to form the MLS, and how it has grown to what it is today.

Clark has also been the Chiefs’ CEO since 2010, following the resignation of long-time executive Carl Peterson. Since he became involved with the Chiefs in 2005, the team has had nine playoff appearances — dating back to 2015 — and of those playoff appearances, six straight have seen an AFC Championship Game.

What’s the Hunt Family’s Net Worth?

Despite having a heavy involvement in the sports world, the Hunt family’s wealth originated in the oil industry. Lamar’s father, H.L. Hunt, was an oil tycoon, and the character J.R. Ewing from the long-running TV series “Dallas” was inspired by him. Lamar eventually deviated from his father’s line of work and made his name in sports.

Today, the Hunt family owns the Chiefs, FC Dallas, and part of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. Along with sports, the Hunt family is also involved in energy, such as oil, along with having real estate in their portfolio as well.

READ MORE: What Is the Net Worth of Chiefs’ Owner Clark Hunt?

In the last iteration of the richest families in the world, the Hunt family’s net worth was an estimated 16.6 billion dollars and was named the 18th richest family, according to Forbes.

Clark Hunt specifically, the Chiefs’ part-owner, has a net worth of $2 billion, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.

How Much Are the Kansas City Chiefs Worth?

Despite the Chiefs winning their first Super Bowl in 50 years back in 2021, they were named the 23rd richest franchise, coming in with a valuation of $3.7 billion. That represented an increase of 26% compared to the year prior.

History of Arrowhead Stadium

Their home stadium, known as GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, is one of the most recognizable NFL stadiums today. Opened in 1972, Arrowhead is the third-oldest NFL stadium.

The only stadiums that are older and still operating are Lambeau Stadium (1957) and Soldier Field (1924). It’s known not only for its longevity but also the sheer power of volume it can generate with fans in the stands.

Even with it being one of the oldest stadiums, it has the fifth-highest capacity for seating at 76,416. It also holds the distinction of being the largest sports facility by capacity in the state of Missouri. On September 29th, 2014, the stadium achieved the Guinness World Record for the “loudest crowd roar.”

History of the Kansas City Chiefs

Lamar Hunt founded the franchise in 1959 and the Chiefs were known originally as the Dallas Texans, first playing in the American Football League (AFL). Hunt not only founded those Texans but the entire AFL league as a whole after failing to acquire a team in the National Football League (NFL) as he originally intended.

Determined to run a successful franchise in his hometown, Hunt had the Texans play in Dallas despite facing direct competition from the Cowboys, who were in the NFL.

The Texans became the Chiefs after relocating from Dallas to Kansas City in 1963. From its inception in 1960 until its merger with the NFL in 1970, the team won four AFL Championships and one Super Bowl.

Hunt was a key figure in negotiating the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game” agreement, and it would later be renamed to the “Super Bowl” as we know it now, after the popular children’s toy, the Super Ball. The AFL would merge with the NFL following the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory in 1969.

Recently, the Chiefs have found significantly more success. After their Super Bowl victory in 2020, they returned a second year in a row in 2021. Unfortunately, they could not get the win against a Tom Brady-led Buccaneers team, but they flexed their AFC dominance nonetheless.

But then, they returned as the AFC representatives for the 2022-23 NFL season. This time, they got the win 38-35 over the Philadelphia Eagles for their third Super Bowl win in franchise history.

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