Robert Pera
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Memphis Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera Is the Third-Richest NBA Owner

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Mar. 31 2022, Published 3:15 p.m. ET

Robert Pera is one of the wealthiest owners of an NBA team today. In 2003, he founded Ubiquiti Inc., a computer networking firm, and its 2011 IPO pushed the entrepreneur into billionaire status. He has also owned the Memphis Grizzlies for the past 10 years. How did Robert Pera make his money?

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Robert Pera

Founder and CEO of Ubiquiti Networks; Memphis Grizzlies Owner

Net worth: $17.2 billion

Robert Pera is an entrepreneur who's best known as the founder and CEO of Ubiquiti Inc. (former Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.), an American technology company that makes and sells wireless communications products. He became a billionaire after the company’s 2011 IPO. He briefly lost his billionaire status when stock plummeted, but now is thought to have a $15 billion net worth. Pera has been principal owner of the Memphis Grizzlies since 2012.

Birthdate: March 10, 1978

Education: University of California, San Diego (BS in Electrical Engineering; BA in Japanese Language; Master's in Electrical Engineering)

Spouse: Unmarried

Pera’s primary focus has been his technology company Ubiquiti, which manufactures and sells wireless communications products.

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How much did Robert Pera pay for the Grizzlies?

According to ESPN, Robert Pera is the third-richest NBA owner today with $15 billion to his name. That places him after only Steve Ballmer of the LA Clippers and Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Robert Pera all-star
Source: Getty

Robert Pera (far left) at a 2015 celebrity game.

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According to a 2012 ESPN article, the purchase price for the Memphis Grizzlies was “in the $350 million range.” The sale was officially approved on October 25, 2012. Pera was 34 years old at the time, and 75-year-old Michael Heisley was ready to sell the team due to his advancing age.

Apparently, Heisley hadn't even considered a bid from Oracle founder Larry Ellison because of a desire to keep the Grizzlies in Memphis rather than relocating.

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robert pera memphis grizzlies
Source: Memphis Grizzlies Facebook

RealGM.com reports that Pera’s wealth could be the catalyst to the Grizzlies becoming a “luxury tax paying team” and that “the Grizzlies have been sending signals they intend to be aggressive in retaining and acquiring talent.”

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What’s Robert Pera’s net worth in 2022?

There’s some variation in estimates on how much Pera’s net worth is in 2022. CelebrityNetWorth estimates his net worth at $2.1 billion. However, ESPN pegs the figure much higher at $15 billion, and Forbes now estimates him at a $17.2 billion net worth. Owning about 75 percent of his company connects his net worth to the Ubiquiti stock price.

Ubiquiti
Source: Ubiquiti Facebook

Ubiquiti makes wireless communication devices and products.

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Ubiquiti has filed a lawsuit against a security blogger.

This week, iTwire.com reported that Ubiquiti filed a lawsuit against Brian Krebs, a security blogger. A former Ubiquiti employee, Nickolas Sharp, gave information to Krebs about the company attempting to hide a data breach from customers.

However, that ex-employee, Krebs’ only source, was indicted by the Department of Justice last year. Ubiquiti stated that the company promptly notified clients of the security breach.

The Ubiquiti lawsuit alleges, “Despite overwhelming facts showing that his reporting is pure fiction, Krebs has refused to retract or correct his disinformation campaign against Ubiquiti.”

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