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Forbes: Denver Broncos Expected to Be Sold for $4.5B to Walmart Heir Rob Walton

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 6, 2022

Walmart Chairman Rob Walton attends the Team Earth announcement on September 21, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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Rob Walton has the winning bid to purchase the Denver Broncos for $4.5 billion, according to Mike Ozanian of Forbes.

The sale, which is expected to be formally announced as soon as this month, would be the largest of any sports franchise in history.

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Walmart heir Rob Walton will buy the Denver Broncos with a winning bid of $4.5 billion, per <a href="https://twitter.com/Forbes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Forbes</a> <br><br>It will be the most expensive sale of any sports franchise <a href="https://t.co/mrYd1ycEpn">pic.twitter.com/mrYd1ycEpn</a>

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the process is ongoing and that "no favorite has emerged at this time."

Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune, has an estimated net worth of $59.1 billion, per Forbes, making him the 22nd-richest person in the world. The 77-year-old is the eldest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton and served as the company's chairman from 1992 to 2015.

His daughter, Carrie, and son-in-law, Greg Penner, would also join the ownership group.

The sale would blow away the NFL record set in 2018 when David Tepper purchased the Carolina Panthers for $2.275 billion. A consortium led by Todd Boehly set a new worldwide record last month when it bought the Premier League club Chelsea for $3.2 billion.

The Broncos were valued at $3.75 billion by Forbes last year, but a bidding war has raised the price.

Mike Klis of 9News previously reported the known candidates, including Philadelphia 76ers governor Josh Harris:

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Source: 2nd round bids to buy Broncos are due by MONDAY. 4 groups expected to make bids:<br>1. Rob Walton-Greg Penner<br>2. Josh Harris<br>3. Jose E. Feliciano (with Behdad Eghbali and Todd Boehly)*<br>4. Matt Ishbia (with Justin).<br>Byron Allen is 5th group but considered longshot. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9sports?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9sports</a>

It created a major increase from the $78 million that Pat Bowlen spent on the franchise in 1984.

After Bowlen died in 2019, a legal dispute among his children led to the sale of the team, which was announced by the Pat Bowlen Trust in February.

Rob Walton appears poised to take over a franchise with a rich history and three Super Bowl titles, the most recent coming in the 2015 season.