Edgar Kaiser, Jr

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Edgar Kaiser, Jr
Born Edgar Fosburgh Kaiser, Jr
(1942-07-05)July 5, 1942
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died January 11, 2012(2012-01-11) (aged 69)
Occupation financier
Parents Edgar Kaiser, Sr
Relatives Henry J. Kaiser (grandfather)
Henry Kaiser

Edgar Fosburgh Kaiser, Jr (July 5, 1942 – January 11, 2012) was an American-Canadian financier and a former owner of the Denver Broncos American football team.[1] He was born in Portland, Oregon on July 5, 1942 and is the grandson of shipbuilding industrialist Henry J. Kaiser.[2] He earned a BA degree from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Harvard University.[3] Kaiser served as a White House Fellow and as a Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, President Richard M. Nixon, and as a Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel.[3] He became a Canadian citizen in 1980.[2] He died on January 11, 2012.[4]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Kaiser purchased the Broncos from the Gerald Phipps’ family in 1981.[5] Kaiser sold his 60.8% share of the Broncos to current owner Pat Bowlen in 1984.[6] He then sued Bowlen for violating the original sales’ agreement, which he contended granted him right of first purchase of any sale of shares in the team. Kaiser claimed Bowlen violated this agreement by offering former Broncos quarterback John Elway a 10% stake of the company that holds ownership of the team. In 2004, a jury ruled in favor of Kaiser and a Federal judge decreed that Kaiser was entitled to purchase back 10 percent of the Broncos using the identical purchase terms offered to Elway.[7] Bowlen appealed the original verdict that ruled in favor of Kaiser and won the appeal, as the appellate court ruled that the structure of the Bowlen-Elway deal did not violate the original agreement.[6]

Business career[edit]

Kaiser held several corporate positions during his life, including chief executive officer of Vancouver-based Kaiser Resources Ltd, the family holding company. Kaiser Resources' coal assets were sold to British Columbia Resources Investment Corporation and Ashland Oil Canada to Dome Petroleum.[2][8]

Kaiser served as Chairman and CEO of the Bank of British Columbia from 1984 until the bank's 1986 demise. [9] He also served on the board of directors of several large Canadian companies.

The Kaiser Foundation[edit]

In 1985 Edgar Kaiser Jr. established the Kaiser Foundation. It is a North Vancouver, British Columbia - based organization established as a Canadian, national organization, operated separately from other ventures of the Kaiser family, with the goal of promoting the understanding and importance of mental health and addictions as health issues.[10] It has also established the Kaiser Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Foundation and the Aboriginal Peoples' Health Initiative.


  1. ^ "SI.com - Pro Football - Lawsuit could force change in Broncos ownership - Saturday July 19, 2003 08:25 PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2003-07-19. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b c Canadian Encyclopedia
  3. ^ a b Kaiser Foundation
  4. ^ Kirk MitchellThe Denver Post (2010-09-14). "Former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser dies". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.litigationcolorado.com/articles/broncos_verdict.html
  6. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  7. ^ James Paton "Clock runs out for ex-Broncos owner" October 2, 2008, Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado, http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/02/ex-broncos-owner-denied-chance-buy-back-team/
  8. ^ "Oiltrash.com". Oiltrash.com. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Kaiser Foundation - Our Founder". Kaiserfoundation.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  10. ^ The Kaiser Foundation