Thanks to her $2.9 billion estimated worth, Oprah Winfrey can pretty much afford whatever she wants. And apparently the mogul and TV personality has her eye on a much-buzzed about property that just became available: the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN reports.
Winfrey, 60, is considering going in on the purchase with entertainment mogul David Geffen and businessman Larry Ellison. Geffen said that he and Ellison would own the team and Winfrey would be an investor. "Oprah is not interested in running the team," Geffen told ESPN. "She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise."
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Added Winfrey's rep: "Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available."
For those living under a rock, the Los Angeles Clippers are expected to go up for sale now that the National Basketball Association has banned current owner Donald Sterling for life after a tape surfaced of Sterling telling his girlfriend that he didn't approve of her "associating" with black people. Sterling, who was also fined $2.5 million, expressed his refusal to sell the team to Fox News. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is hoping that the other owners in the league will help him pressure Sterling to sell the team, which has lost eight corporate sponsorships in the days since Sterling's remarks leaked. A 75 percent vote from team owners is needed to oust Sterling. (Watch video of Silver's press conference here.)