John Moores (baseball)

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John Jay Moores
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Born (1944-07-09) 9 July 1944 (age 69)
San Antonio, Texas
Residence San Diego, California United States
Nationality United States
Education B.S. Economics (1970)
J.D. (1975)
Honorary (1995)
Alma mater University of Houston
Occupation Entrepreneur, former San Diego Padres owner
Home town Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Board member of
University of Houston System Regent (1991–1994)
The Carter Center Chairman, Trustee (1994-Present)
University of California Chairman, Regent (1999–2007)
Spouse(s) Rebecca Moores (1963–2008)
Children Four

John Jay Moores (born July 9, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas, as John Jay Broderick) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the former owner of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Moores was born in San Antonio, Texas—the eldest son of Jack and Katherine Broderick. Jack Broderick abandoned his wife, son John, and two younger sons in 1948. In 1950, Katherine wed again, to Cyrus "Red" Moores, a photographer with the Corpus Christi Caller newspaper, and her sons were given their stepfather's name. Red Moores, by then in insurance, moved the family to Houston, Texas in 1960, and John spent his high school years there.[1] He left Texas A&M University before graduating and became a programmer for IBM. He later studied at the University of Houston where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Business[edit]

He founded BMC Software in Texas in 1980 and was the lead venture capital financier for Peregrine Systems in California starting in 1981 as well as ServiceNow another California corporation founded in 2005. He served as a director of Peregrine from March 1989 to March 2003 and as Chairman of the Board from March 1990 through July 2000 and from May 2002 through March 2003, during which he cashed out between US$600 and US$630 million in Peregrine stock.[2][3] He resigned as Peregrine chairman in February 2003 as part of the company's Chapter 11 reorganization. He also founded JMI Equity. In 1994 Moores purchased the San Diego Padres professional baseball team from Tom Werner. In 2009, he began the process of incrementally selling the Padres to a group of 12 investors, headed by Jeff Moorad (former sports agent and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks) for about $500 million.[4][5] The deal fell through in 2012, and Moores instead sold the team for $800 million to a group led by Ron Fowler.[6][7]

He continues to operate in the IT Service Management market with continued investments through his venture capital firm JMI Equity.

Philanthropy and activism[edit]

Organizations that Moores has supported include the ACLU, the San Diego Zoo, San Diego State University, the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Center for Children, the Boys and Girls Clubs, St. Vincent de Paul Villages, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and The Scripps Research Institute where Moores sits on the board.

His 1991 contribution of US$51 million to the University of Houston was the largest in U.S. history to a public university. He served on the University of Houston System Board of Regents from 1991 to 1994. Among many other philanthropic efforts, John and Becky Moores donated US$21 million to establish the John and Rebecca Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego and over US$20 million to San Diego State University.[8] In 1999 he was appointed Regent of the University of California by Governor Gray Davis until he resigned for unknown reasons in 2007. As UC regent, he worked to make sure Proposition 209 (passed in 1996) was implemented. In 2005 he was elected chair of the Carter Center at Emory University, succeeding Jimmy Carter. Most recently, Moores is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley.[9] The Center is focused on finding solutions to address the crisis of extreme poverty and disease in the developing world.[10]

Moores is also the founder of the River Blindness Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to research and treatment of Onchocerciasis, the second most common cause of infectious blindness.[11]

Personal life[edit]

John and Becky Moores met in a high school history class in Texas and married in 1963. They have four adult children, two biological and two adopted.

In February 2008, Moores' wife Becky filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. As part of potential settlement in the divorce, it was reported that Moores is prepared to part with the family home on a golf course at Pebble Beach, California.[8] The property is overlooking the Pacific and the 18th fairway of one of the world's most glorious golf courses. The divorce also prompted a major overhaul of the San Diego Padres roster and then the sale of Moores' majority ownership of the MLB team. Associates say since the filing for divorce, Moores now spends most of his time in Texas and rarely attends Padres and San Diego State games.[12][13]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 1996: Donor of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors
  • 1997: San Diego Jackie Robinson YMCA Human Dignity Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Fleck (6 June 1996). "The Passionate Pilgrim". The Houston Press. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  2. ^ Staff writers (7 November 2005). "Profiles of S.D.'s Wealthiest People". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-12-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ Arlene Weintraub (14 October 2002). "Just How Much Did John Moores Know?". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ Powers, Jeff (March 27, 2009). "A Padres Dozen: New Ownership Group Introduced". SanDiego6.com. Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Padres sale agreement in place". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 7, 2012. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "John Moores hires bankers". ESPN.com. April 10, 2012. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Center, Bill (August 16, 2012). "MLB approves sale of Padres". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Brent Schrotenboer (6 February 2008). "Wife of Moores Files for Divorce". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  9. ^ http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/blum-center-developing-economies/blum-center-trustees
  10. ^ http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu
  11. ^ "Visions Fulfilled: How individual philanthropists influenced global treatment of river blindness". Global Giving Matters. December 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  12. ^ Tim Sullivan (22 June 2008). "Who Will Get Custody of Padres Organization in Moores Divorce?". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  13. ^ Bill Center (7 August 2012). "Padres sold to group headed by O'Malley heirs, Fowler, Mickelson". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 

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