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John Moores (baseball)

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John Jay Moores
Moores in the early 1990s
Born (1944-07-09) July 9, 1944 (age 80)
EducationB.S. Economics (1970)
J.D. (1975)
Honorary (1995)
Alma materUniversity of Houston
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, former San Diego Padres owner.
Board member ofUniversity of Houston System regent (1991–1994)
The Carter Center chairman, trustee (1994–present)
University of California chairman, regent (1999–2007)
  • Rebecca Baas (m. 1963; div. 2008)
Dianne Rosenberg
(m. 2013)

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).

Early life[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 Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center.



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 twelve 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] Moores was voted into the Padres Hall of Fame in 2023.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] The center is focused on finding solutions to address the crisis of extreme poverty and disease in the developing world.[citation needed]

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]

In 2016, Moores began negotiations to buy English soccer club Nottingham Forest, with a view to buying between 80% and 100% of the shares from Kuwaiti owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi for a reported $61.87 million. However, the deal unexpectedly collapsed at the eleventh hour, with no clear reason given by either party.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2008, Moores' wife Becky filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Moores gave up ownership of the family home on a golf course at Pebble Beach, California.[9] The property overlooked the Pacific and the 18th fairway of the golf course. The divorce also prompted a major overhaul of the San Diego Padres roster, followed by the sale of Moores's majority ownership of the MLB team. During the divorce proceedings, Moores spent the majority of his time in Texas, and refused to attend Padres and San Diego State games, while his wife regularly attended Padres games.[13][14] In 2013, Moores married Dianne Rosenberg.[15]

Honors 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]


  1. ^ Tim Fleck (June 6, 1996). "The Passionate Pilgrim". The Houston Press. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Staff writers (November 7, 2005). "Profiles of S.D.'s Wealthiest People". San Diego Business Journal. Archived from the original on July 31, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Arlene Weintraub (October 14, 2002). "Just How Much Did John Moores Know?". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on February 10, 2003. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  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 March 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "John Moores hires bankers". ESPN.com. April 10, 2012. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Center, Bill (August 16, 2012). "MLB approves sale of Padres". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Cassavell, AJ (March 22, 2023). "Peavy, Moores to be inducted into Padres HOF". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on March 31, 2023.
  9. ^ a b Brent Schrotenboer (February 6, 2008). "Wife of Moores Files for Divorce". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  10. ^ "Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies". Archived from the original on November 10, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  11. ^ "Visions Fulfilled: How individual philanthropists influenced global treatment of river blindness". Global Giving Matters. December 2001. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  12. ^ Thomas, Lyall (January 13, 2017). "Nottingham Forest's proposed takeover by John Jay Moores collapses at 11th hour". www.skysports.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  13. ^ Tim Sullivan (June 22, 2008). "Who Will Get Custody of Padres Organization in Moores Divorce?". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  14. ^ Bill Center (August 7, 2012). "Padres sold to group headed by O'Malley heirs, Fowler, Mickelson". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  15. ^ Potter, Matt (June 3, 2016). "Rancho Santa Fe's devilish covenant with John Moores". San Diego Reader. Retrieved February 3, 2019.

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