Jed York has become a fine leader of the 49ers' franchise
Jed York is the man in charge of the San Francisco 49ers. As CEO, he took over the operation of the team from his parents, John and Denise York. Denise is the sister of former 49er owner Eddie DeBartolo.
Now in his early 30's, York has become a popular owner and administrator. He is very close to his uncle Eddie and learned a lot about running a football team from him.
I included Jed in our list for two major reasons. First of all, he is the man who finally made the dream of a new stadium for the 49ers a reality. The 49ers struggled with a myriad of political roadblocks in San Francisco, and Jed was able to get the stadium bill passed in the city of Santa Clara.
The 49ers plan to open their new stadium in 2014, a year ahead of the original plan. Candlestick Park will always be remembered as the home of some great 49er memories, but the truth is, it is a dilapidated, rundown venue and the 49ers needed a new stadium.
York also stays under the radar, allowing the men he hired to run his football team do their jobs. This is the polar opposite from owners like Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder or the late Al Davis. York hired excellent football men in GM Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh.
By not meddling in the football operation and supporting Baalke and Harbaugh, York has developed a culture of trust, class and professionalism in the 49ers' hierarchy.