Macklemore, Russell Wilson, Ciara Part Owners of Sounders FC

Cash Is Splashing in Seattle

August 13, 2019

by Jane Gersowitz // Sounders FC Communications

Seattle Sounders FC announced that co-owner Joe Roth has sold his stake in the MLS side with eleven Seattle families picking up the shares to each become partial owners of the team. Adrian Hanauer and his Hanauer Fútbol group acquired more shares and retain the majority. 

by Jane Gersowitz // Sounders FC Communications

Wilson now adds a third sport to his roster having already played a bit of baseball in spring training though it looks unlikely he'll string up the boots for a kickaround...

This maneuver by Seattle, on the surface, seems comparable to the power team that owns rival MLS club, LAFC, who built the brand on the backs of Will Ferrell, Mia Hamm, and Tony Robbins.

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The Full Group
The eleven families connect major ties in sports, technology, and finance to the franchise and look to be a healthy bit of super-networking to strengthen the club into the future.

by Jane Gersowitz // Sounders FC Communications

From about the families:
"This new group of investors is led by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and his wife Katie Myerson, combining a talented array of families that includes Grammy Award-winning music icon Ciara and Seattle Seahawks six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, Seattle-bred hip hop superstar Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis, in addition to several families representing Microsoft’s present and past. This group includes Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and wife Anu Nadella, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood and husband Max Kleinman, Corporate Vice President of Experiences and Devices Joe Belfiore and his wife Kristina Belfiore, as well as former Microsoft senior executive and current Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group Soma Somasegar and wife Akila Somasegar. Like many of his fellow partners, Chee Chew brings an extensive amount of experience to the Rave Green from the Seattle technology community, with the current Chief Product Officer at Twilio having represented Amazon, Google and Microsoft at the executive level, all within the region. He comes to the club alongside wife Christine Chew, President of the Bellevue School Board.

David Nathanson and wife Sabina Nathanson are also part of Sounders FC’s new group of investors. Nathanson is no stranger to the sports or soccer worlds, having overseen all of FOX Sports Media Group’s national sports networks – including its investments in soccer properties on FOX, FS1 and FOX Soccer. Like Nathanson, Brian McAndrews brings a bevy of media experience to the Rave Green, previously serving as CEO of Pandora, CEO of aQuantive, Senior Vice President of Microsoft Advertising and Publishing Solutions, Executive Vice President of ABC Television Production and Executive Vice President & General Manager of ABC Sports. He is joined by wife Elise Holschuh, who currently serves on the strategy committee of Hugo House. The new group of partners also features Mark and Tomoko Agne, with the former working as Managing Partner at Softbank Investment Advisors, having previously been a partner at Goldman Sachs."

I feel poor and lazy now. Time for a burrito.