William P. Foley

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William P. Foley II
Born (1944-12-14) December 14, 1944 (age 76)
NationalityAmerican
EducationUnited States Military Academy (B.S.)
University of Washington School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationFinancial services
Professional sports owner
Known forOwner of the Vegas Golden Knights
Chairman of the Board of Fidelity National Financial

William P. "Bill" Foley II (born December 14, 1944) is an American businessman and former attorney, specializing in financial services. He is chairman of Fidelity National Financial, Cannae Holdings and Black Knight Financial Services, and vice chairman of Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS).[2] Foley is the lead investor in Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium that was awarded an expansion ice hockey franchise named the Vegas Golden Knights for Las Vegas, Nevada, that began play in the National Hockey League in 2017.

Growing up, Foley mostly lived in Texas with his family and extended family who were ranchers. For a time, he lived in Ottawa, Ontario, when his father was posted in the United States Air Force there. Foley played shinny, an informal type of ice hockey and started a lifelong appreciation for the sport.[3]

Foley attended the United States Military Academy. While a cadet, he made $40,000 on the stock market, which he invested in during his spare time. Upon graduating West Point, Foley was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, where during his career he negotiated million-dollar defense contracts with Boeing. After leaving the Air Force, Foley moved into corporate law upon earning his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1974. Later he bought and revitalized the then struggling title insurance firm Fidelity National Financial. He later invested in wineries, golf courses, hotels, ski resorts, steak houses, fast-food restaurants and auto parts manufacturers.[4]

Sports ownership[edit]

While Foley was living in Jacksonville, Florida, he explored buying the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars before the team was acquired by Shahid Khan.[4]

In June 2016, Foley and Black Knight Sports & Entertainment was awarded a National Hockey League expansion franchise that became the Vegas Golden Knights.[5] The Golden Knights began play in the 2017–18 season at the new T-Mobile Arena, and also acquired a minority ownership of the facility.[6][7] In 2020, Black Knight Sports & Entertainment purchased an American Hockey League franchise to act as a development team for the Golden Knights, relocating the San Antonio Rampage to become the Henderson Silver Knights.[8] The Silver Knights played out of Orleans Arena until the Dollar Loan Center, which is operated by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, is complete in 2022.[9]

In 2021, Foley announced Black Knight Sports & Entertainment had purchased an expansion team in the Indoor Football League to begin play in 2022 at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada.[10] On August 23, 2021, the team unveiled their name and logo as the Vegas Knight Hawks.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forbes
  2. ^ "Our Team". Vegas Golden Knights. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "NHL - Potential Las Vegas expansion team owner a driven man". Espn.go.com. December 12, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Las Vegas Golden Knights behind the scenes". SI.com. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Ewing, Mark. "Bill Foley And The National Hockey League's Newest Franchise, The Vegas Golden Knights". Forbes. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Kaplan, Daniel (October 3, 2016). "NHL's Vegas owner buys share of arena". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). MGM Resorts International. March 1, 2018. p. 72 – via EDGAR.
  8. ^ "It's Henderson Silver Knights!". 8newsnow.com. May 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Renderings released of Henderson Event Center, future home of Silver Knights". Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  10. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights buy Indoor Football League expansion franchise". KSNV. May 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "The Vegas Knight Hawks Are the Newest Franchise in the IFL". OurSports Central. August 24, 2021.