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OC 50 The Owners

DEAN SPANOS

Owner, Chairman

Los Angeles Chargers

Costa Mesa

Born in Stockton

Age: 68

Lives in Newport Coast

WHY: Brought National Football League back to OC after 22 years when Rams left in 1995 for St. Louis. Headquartered team’s training, business operations at The Hive in Costa Mesa. Forbes valued franchise at $2.2 billion last year, large jump since move from San Diego.

HOW: Father, Alex, acquired 60% of team in 1984 for $48.3 million from majority owner Eugene Klein. Grew share to 97% in decade. Dean took over daily operations in 1993. Ceded day-to-day leadership in 2015 to sons A.G. and John. Eldest son, A.G., president, business operations; John president, football operations.

RECENT: Chargers made playoffs last season, with 12-4 record. Beat Ravens in wild-card game, lost to Patriots in divisional round. Playing in Carson’s soccer stadium while much larger stadium in Inglewood is built. It has option to part ways at the Hive in five years, will consider options in OC, L.A. Family patriarch Alex died last October at age 95.

FAST FACT: Member, golf team at University of the Pacific in Stockton. Five-time Pro-Am tournament champion, including back-to-back wins in 1990 at Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

QUOTABLE: “People have been great up in L.A. and Orange County, and we still have support down in San Diego. I see people all of the time coming up.”

PERSONAL: Long-time contributor to charities, organizations working to improve lives of children, families, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Armed Services YMCA, Susan G. Komen, Rady Children’s Hospital, Girl Scouts, Huntington’s Disease Society, San Diego Blood Bank, STAR/PAL, Special Olympics of Southern California, San Diego Food Bank, Casa de Amparo, Salvation Army.

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