William P. Foley

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William P. Foley II
Born (1944-12-14) December 14, 1944 (age 73)
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
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 for Fidelity National Financial

William P. "Bill" Foley II (born December 14, 1944) is an American businessman and former attorney, specializing in financial services. He serves as Chairman of the Board for Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight Financial Services, and Vice Chairman of the board for Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS).[1] Foley is also 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.[2]

Foley graduated from West Point in 1967. While still at West Point he made $40,000 on the stock market which he played in his spare time. Foley later transferred to the Air Force, where as an officer 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.[3]

Sports Ownership[edit]

Vegas Golden Knights[edit]

Mr. Foley is currently the owner of the Vegas Golden Knights, of the National Hockey League. The Knights began playing in the 2017-18 season.

Prior to becoming the lead owner for the Golden Knights, Foley who lived in Jacksonville, Florida at the time explored buying the National Football League Jacksonville Jaguars before the team was acquired by Shahid Khan.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Team". Vegas Golden Knights. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "NHL - Potential Las Vegas expansion team owner a driven man". Espn.go.com. December 12, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Las Vegas Golden Knights behind the scenes". SI.com. January 23, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2017.