John Edward 'Jed' York (born c. 1980) is an American sports executive, the son of Marie Denise DeBartolo York and John York, and the CEO (and formerly President) of the San Francisco 49ers.[1] He is also the nephew of former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward J. DeBartolo Jr..[1]

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio,[1] Jed attended St. Charles elementary school and Cardinal Mooney High School (Youngstown, Ohio).[2] While in high school he was a baseball team captain and the senior class president.[2] He also graduated from the University of Notre Dame earning a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and History.[1][3]


York began his working days as a financial analyst for Guggenheim Partners at their New York City offices.[1] York and his family initially intended for him to stay in New York in order to further his education with a Master's degree. However, when the 49ers brought in Mike Nolan to be head coach, it was decided that would be the best time to also bring York into the organization and prepare a several year transition of leadership.[3]

He began his career with the San Francisco 49ers as the Director of Strategic Planning [1] and then as Vice President of Strategic Planning [4] in which he managed the integration of brand strategies and projects related to the long-term operational and financial development of the organization.[1]

On December 28, 2008 Jed York became the Team President / Owner and his parents became co-chairmen responsible for providing resources and maintaining their role of interacting with other owners and NFL executives.[5]

On October 11, 2010, with the 49ers off to a disappointing 0-5 start, Jed York wrote to ESPN's Adam Schefter that the 49ers would win their division and make the playoffs.[6] This proclamation led ESPN Columnist David Fleming to refer to York as "kooky" and "goofy" and to note that York "backs up such bold declarations with a long list of qualifications starting with (1) his lifelong love of the 49ers, (2) his prestigious high school baseball career and (3) the fact that his godfather is Eddie DeBartolo."[7] However, the 49ers did come within one game of backing up York's assertion. In 2011, the Niners finished the season 13-3 with the 2nd seed in the NFC. In the divisional round, the Niners defeated the New Orleans Saints (who also finished the regular season 13-3) at Candlestick. York's 49ers then hosted the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants, eventually losing in overtime, 20-17. The great success of the 2011 San Francisco 49ers was accomplished with much of the same team from 2010, but with the key addition of first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh.

In 2012, Jed York was replaced by Gideon Yu as Team President, although he retained the title of CEO.[8]


Inductee of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society.[1]


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