Stories tagged with Tom Hicks

Yanks continue to invest in Premier soccer

By A. James Memmott   |   December 31, 2009 at 6:56am   |   0 Comments

Who says Americans don’t like soccer?

Big payday for Brian Mulroney on Blackstone-Tom Hicks deal?

By Gary Jacobson   |   July 1, 2008 at 3:41pm   |   0 Comments

In a conference call with investors yesterday, Dallas dealmaker Tom Hicks referred to “his friends” at Blackstone Group in reference to his company’s $3.2 billion purchase of Graham Packaging Holdings Co., owned by Blackstone.

William Cunningham’s business connections

By Gary Jacobson   |   December 8, 2007 at 11:00am   |   0 Comments

You have to admit that William Cunningham practices what he preaches.

He teaches a class in corporate governance at the University of Texas and sits on the boards of public companies that paid him a total of about $800,000 in stock and cash last year.

If the former chancellor of the University of Texas system lives in an Ivory Tower, it is firmly anchored in a very nice real-world neighborhood.

Cunningham, 63, is a director of Southwest Airlines, Lincoln National Corporation, Introgen Therapeutics, Inc., LIN Television and Hayes Lemmerz International Inc.

Patriots’ Kraft wants English club

By Paul Braus   |   October 30, 2007 at 10:18am   |   0 Comments

English football teams are the latest craze for U.S. sports tycoons.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in the United Kingdom for the NFL game in London last weekend between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins, says he is interested in buying a Premier League soccer – oops, football – team. He already owns Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.

“We looked seriously at Liverpool,” he told Sky Sports News on Thursday, unwilling to disclose which team he wants to buy. “We still do have an interest in playing in the Premier League. We’d like to close our deal and then talk about it.”

Mays and McCombs, the original Radioheads

By Gary Jacobson   |   October 25, 2007 at 6:22am   |   1 Comments

The radio business has been very good to Lowry Mays and Billie Joe “Red” McCombs.

In 1972, they formed the San Antonio Broadcasting Company to buy an FM station for $125,000.

Thirty-five years later, that company is called Clear Channel Communications and it owns more than 1,000 stations. Its shareholders recently approved a $19.5 billion private equity buyout that values Mays’ stock at more than $1.1 billion and McCombs’ shares at about $190 million. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.

In early 2000, when Clear Channel shares hit $95, the founders’ stock would have been valued at more than twice as much as now.

A blank check for Tom Hicks

By Gary Jacobson   |   October 5, 2007 at 7:12am   |   2 Comments

Texan Tom Hicks made a fortune in leveraged buyouts, won hockey’s Stanley Cup, agreed to give a baseball player the largest contract in sports history, and owns half of one of the world’s most famous soccer teams.

Still, when it comes to impressive resumes, he bows to a founding director of his newest venture, Hicks Acquisition Company I, which completed its initial public offering this week.

Brian Mulroney is a former Prime Minister of Canada and in June became a director of the Blackstone Group, the giant New York-based private equity firm that sold part of itself to the public this year. Mulroney is also a director of Archer Daniels Midland and Wyndham Worldwide, and has been a senior adviser to HM Capital, a successor to Hicks Muse Tate & Furst.

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