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Jerral Wayne Jones
October 13, 1942
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Owner/President/General Manager, Dallas Cowboys|
|Net worth||US$5.2 billion (October 2016)|
Jones was born in Los Angeles, California. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a star running back at North Little Rock High School and eventually received a scholarship to play guard at the University of Arkansas. Among his Arkansas teammates were Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, both of whom he would later hire to coach the Cowboys.
After several unsuccessful business ventures (including passing up the opportunity to purchase the AFL's San Diego Chargers in 1967 for the asking price of $5.8 million), he began an oil and gas exploration business in Oklahoma, Jones Oil and Land Lease, which became phenomenally successful. His company, a private family asset, currently does natural resource prospecting.
He is perhaps most famous for purchasing the NFL's Dallas Cowboys in 1989. Since then, in addition to being the owner, he has also taken on general manager duties. Of all the owners in professional sports, he is considered to be one of the ones most involved, on a day-to-day basis, with his team. He can be seen on the sidelines at every Cowboys game. Jones is one of a very small number of NFL owners who had a significant level of success as a football player. The 2018 NFL season will be Jones' 30th as Cowboys owner.
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