Jimmy Haslam
BornJames Arthur Haslam III
March 1954[1]
Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
ResidenceKnoxville, Tennessee
United States
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee
OccupationBusinessman, NFL team owner, philanthropist
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Dee Bagwell (1976–present)
ChildrenJim, Whitney, and Cynthia
ParentsJim Haslam
Cynthia Haslam (deceased)

James Arthur "Jimmy" Haslam III (born March 1954) is the current majority owner of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He is also the former CEO of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain. On October 16, 2012, Haslam's $1 billion purchase of the Browns was unanimously approved by the 32 teams in the NFL; the sale itself closed on October 25, 2012.[2][3] His father, fellow businessman Jim Haslam, founded the Pilot Flying J company in 1958 as the Pilot Oil Corporation.

Haslam, who lives in his native Knoxville, Tennessee, is brother to Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee.[4]

While attending the University of Tennessee Haslam was roommate with Bob Corker who became U.S. senator from Tennessee. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[4]

Haslam bought a minority interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. In 2012, he reached an agreement with Browns owner Randy Lerner to purchase the franchise for $1 billion (USD). The Browns were valued at $977 million in 2011 by Forbes magazine, 20th in the NFL. Haslam's family also owns the Tennessee Smokies, a Class AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. NFL rules prohibit ownership in multiple teams and so Haslam will have to sell his interest in the Steelers.[4][5]

Haslam is married to Susan "Dee" Bagwell Haslam, CEO of RIVR Media. They have three adult children, Jim, Whitney and Cynthia and four grandchildren.


  1. Flory, Josh (January 20, 2011). "Big deals, big wheels: Family, political fortunes reach new heights for Haslams". Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  2. Cabot, Mary Kay (October 16, 2012). "Jimmy Haslam is new Cleveland Browns owner after unanimous approval by NFL". Cleveland Live LLC. Retrieved October 17, 2012. "The sale will close Oct. 25, and Lerner will retain a 30 percent stake for four years."
  3. Ridenour, Marla (October 14, 2012). "Zest for life should serve new owner Jimmy Haslam well with Browns". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved October 14, 2012. "Randy Lerner’s sale of the Browns to Haslam is expected to be approved by a vote of NFL owners in Chicago on Tuesday, then there will be a waiting period as the reported $1 billion deal closes."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bill Lubinger, The Plain Dealer. "Potential Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam uses hands-on business approach". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  5. "Jimmy Haslam (III) agrees to $1 billion price tag for Browns". Mansfield News-Journal. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.[dead link]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Randy Lerner
Cleveland Browns principal owner
Succeeded by
Business positions
Preceded by
Chairman of Pilot Flying J
Preceded by
CEO of Pilot Flying J
Succeeded by
John Compton

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