Denise DeBartolo York

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Denise DeBartolo York
Born Marie Denise DeBartolo
1950 (age 64–65)
Youngstown, Ohio, US
Residence Canfield, Ohio, US
Nationality American
Ethnicity Italian
Known for Owner and co-chair of the San Francisco 49ers
Net worth US $ 1.9 billion
(October 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) John York
Children Jed York
Tony York
Jenna York
Mara York

Marie Denise DeBartolo York (born 1950) is an American heir and businesswoman, the owner and co-chair of the San Francisco 49ers American football team.[2] She is the daughter of late construction magnate Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. and the late Marie Patricia Montani DeBartolo.

Early life[edit]

DeBartolo grew up in a family famous for real estate development.[3] She attended Saint Mary's College of Indiana, the Holy Cross women's counterpart to adjacent Notre Dame.[2]


After graduation, she joined the family business, The DeBartolo Corporation, and became its executive vice president.[2] In 1994, following her father's death, she became company co-chairman[2] and all 78 DeBartolo malls were sold.

In 1978, Edward DeBartolo purchased the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins.[2] and established DeBartolo York as owner and president. She presided over the Penguins 1990–91 championship season,[2] and was the third woman to serve as President of a Stanley Cup winning team.[4] In 1991, the year following the championship, she sold the Penguins to assist the DeBartolo Corporation, which was facing challenges in the aftermath of the real estate collapse of 1987. In 2000, DeBartolo York and her husband gained control of the 49ers and other sporting assets from her brother, Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. She and her husband have since given over control of the 49ers to their son, Jed York.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to retired American cancer research pathologist John York.[5] The Yorks have four children: sons Jed and Tony, and daughters Jenna and Mara;[5] and live in the Youngstown suburb of Canfield, Ohio.