Gary E. Jacobs

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Gary E. Jacobs
Born1958 (age 60–61)
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. University of California, San Diego
Known for-Founder of the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School
-Minority owner of the Sacramento Kings
-Owner of the Lake Elsinore Storm
Spouse(s)Jerri-Ann Jacobs
Parent(s)Joan Klein Jacobs
Irwin M. Jacobs
FamilyJeffrey A. Jacobs
Hal Jacobs
Paul E. Jacobs

Gary E. Jacobs (born 1958) is an American businessman, philanthropist, minority owner in the Sacramento Kings, founder of the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School, and owner of the Lake Elsinore Storm.


Jacobs was born to a Jewish family, the son of Joan (née Klein) and Irwin M. Jacobs. His father was co-founder of Linkabit and Qualcomm. He has three brothers: Jeffrey A. Jacobs (born 1966), Paul E. Jacobs (born 1962), and Hal Jacobs (born 1960).[1] In 1979, Jacobs earned a B.A. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego.[2] After college, he worked for his father's companies, first Linkabit and then Qualcomm starting out as a programmer, then as a software engineer, and in 1996, as a senior educational specialist working with schools to improve their math and science studies.[3] He left Qualcomm in 2000 to focus on philanthropy.[3]

On May 28, 2013, Jacobs along with his three brothers became minority owners in the Sacramento Kings in a partnership with Vivek Ranadivé and Mark Mastrov.[4] The NBA approved the sale on May 28.[5] Jacobs is also owner of the Class A, San Diego Padres affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm.[2]


Jacobs serves as president of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County and serves on the board of directors of Congregation Beth El in La Jolla.[3] He is the founder of the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute.[3] In 1999, he and his wife founded the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, he married Jerri-Ann Jacobs who is also Jewish; they have three children Adam, Sarah, and Dylan.[3] Sarah is currently running for Congress from San Diego. They currently reside in Del Mar, San Diego, California.


  1. ^ San Diego Tribune: "Jacobs Brothers Finally Getting in the Hoops Business" by Kevin Acee March 30, 2013
  2. ^ a b Bloomberg Executive Profile: Gary E. Jacobs retrieved August 17, 2017
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute: "Gary Jacobs: Remaking the Grade" retrieved August 17, 2017
  4. ^ Windhorst, Brian (May 17, 2016). "Maloofs, Sacramento group agree". ESPN. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "NBA approves Kings sale to Sacramento group". NBA. AP. May 28, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2016.