Whether we like it or not, sport is a money making machine.

Businessmen around the world are desperate to invest in successful sports teams because they know of the financial rewards involved.

Here are the top 21 richest businessmen in the world who have made that investment in sport.

 

21. Michael Jordan – Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

Michael Jordan smiles at reporters after a jury ordered a defunct grocery store chain to pay him $8.9 million for using his name without permission. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Chicago. Jurors had to calculate how much the now-defunct grocery chain Dominick's Finer Foods should pay Jordan for invoking his name in an ad without permission. They sent one note to the judge, saying: "We need a calculator." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: ILCA101

The NBA Hall of Famer is now the proud owner of Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan made his millions during his playing days and still has many endorsements with Nike in particular.

Role: Owner of the Charlotte Hornets

20. Robert Kraft – Net Worth: $4.8 Billion

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Role: Owner of the New England Patriots

Kraft is a shrewd businessman, he not only owns the Patriots but also MLS side New England Revolution.