A man makes money, but money doesn't make a man. If you don't believe that, then you're not familiar with George Steinbrenner or his sons, Hank and Hal.
If it's all about making money, or "enhancing value,"perhaps no one in sports history has done it better than Steinbrenner. George headed an investment group that purchased the Yankees in 1974 for $10 million. Forbes recently valued the team at $1.2 billion. That figure may be understated by at least half, if the Yankees could be sold to the highest bidder. In the Bud Selig era, where franchises are steered to FOB's, Friends of Bud, that won't happen.
In addition to the value of the Yankees, YES, the team's regional sports network, is currently being shopped in the $3 billion range. Who else has parlayed a $10 million investment into nearly $6 billion in assets in 35 years? Although I don't believe in counting other peoples money, I can count. And George knows how to make money.
But money has never brought George what money can never buy: Respect, dignity, or humility. George's legendary charitable giving and anonymous good deeds will never outweigh his lack of common courtesy and decency. And his sons are proof positive that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.