Jeanie Buss Biography

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Jeanie Buss is the owner and the president of the team Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). She Buss was born on September 26, 1961, in Santa Monica, California, USA. Jeanie did her major in business and graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. Her father, Jerry Buss, was a real estate investor. He owned the Lakers and other sports businesses. He passed away in 2013. Her mother Joann and her father got divorced in 1972, which affected Jeanie emotionally. Jeanie has three siblings, two elder brothers named Johnny and Jim, and a younger sister called Janie.

Jeanie Buss Career

Being close to her father, Jeanie became familiar with the world of sports businesses. Since she was a teenager, she was interested in the business and used to attend World Team Tennis meetings with her father. When she was 17, Jeanie moved in with her dad at Pickfair. While she was pursuing her degree at USC, she was appointed as the General Manager of the team Los Angeles Strings, which is now defunct. In 1993, she was tagged as Executive of the Year when she brought professional roller hockey to Los Angeles as the owner of the Los Angeles Blades in Roller Hockey International. She continued being the owner from 1993 till 1997.

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Jeanie was the president of the Great Western Forum for four years, before playing the role of Vice President for the Lakers in 1999. She was named Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports by Sporting News. She is co-author of the book titled Laker Girl, which was published in November 2010. It covers her life story and how she got to the top in a male-dominated industry. In 2011, she was recognized by Forbes and ESPN for her role in sports management and NBA. In the year 2013, she became the president of the Los Angeles Lakers. She has taken various key decisions related to the team including firing Mitch Kupchak as the General Manager. Jeanie is also the co-owner of the Women of Wrestling promotion.

Jeanie Buss Biography

Real Name Jeanie Marie Buss
Birth Date 26 September 1961
Age (as of 2022) 60 Years
Birth Place Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession TV Personality, Sports Executive
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Libra

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimetres – 170 cm 
Weight in Kilograms – 58 kg  –  in Pounds –  128 lbs
Shoe Size 8 (U.S.)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Slim


Father Jerry Buss
Mother JoAnn Mueller
Sister Janie Buss
Brother Jim Buss, Johnny Buss


School Palisades Charter High School
College University of Southern California

Relationship Status

Marital Status Divorce
Affair No
Is she a lesbian? No
Husband Steve Timmons (m. 1990–1993)
Children Not Known
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Personal life

Jeanie married Steve Timmons, a volleyball player in 1990, Her business was her priority and she divorced Steve in 1993, three years after their marriage. Jeanie started dating Phil Jackson, former Lakers coach and New York Knicks President in December 1999. They both were engaged and after being together for 17 years, later in December 2016, they called off their engagement.

Jeanie Buss Net Worth

As of 2020, Jeanie’s net worth is estimated to be around $500 million. Her team Los Angeles Lakers being her most prominent source of income.


  • Jeanie posed nude for Playboy magazine.
  • She has also posed for Sports Illustrated.
  • While attending college at the University of Southern California, she used to lead guided tours of the campus as she was well aware of the estate.
  • Jeanie is the first female controlling owner who has guided her team to an NBA championship.
  • According to Jeanie, her relationship with Phil Jackson ended as her brother, Jim, decided not to hire him back with the Lakers.

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