The 49ers are owned by Denise DeBartolo York, and husband Dr. John York.
Their son, Jed, is the 49ers CEO.
Denise DeBartolo York took control of the 49ers franchise in 2000, after the 49ers' previous owner, Denise's brother Edward Jr., was convicted on federal bribery charges.
Forbes listed Mrs. DeBartolo York's net worth as $900 million in September 2009. Forbes.com also noted that Mrs. DeBartolo York just narrowly missed being one of the 400 richest people in the United States.
Forbes listed the 49ers team valuation in Sept. 2011 as $990 million, with $80 million of that amount attributed to the value of the 49ers current stadium, Candlestick Park.
Their operating income for 2010 was listed as only $1.5 million.
Forbes.com stated in 2009 the reasons why the 49ers want a new stadium:
"The 49ers are in desperate need of a new stadium. Despite playing in a large, wealthy market the
team's stadium revenues at antiquated Candlestick Park are the third lowest in the NFL.
There is no club seating and the team must share luxury suite, ad signage and concession revenues
with the city."
A new stadium would automatically increase the value of the 49ers as a team (estimated to be as much as $200 million), as well as allow for higher ticket prices. The DDA specifies that the 49ers would receive all NFL revenue (tickets, advertising, broadcasting) at a stadium in Santa Clara, as well as 1/2 of all non-NFL revenue. In addition, the 49ers would not share club or luxury seating revenue with Santa Clara. Even for non-NFL events, the team would get the additional revenue charged by club or luxury seating.
Forbes.com Sept. 2011 article on 49ers team valuation:
Forbes.com Sept. 2009 article on the net worth of Denise DeBartolo York:
Forbes.com Sept. 2009 article on the 49ers team valuation: