New Orleans Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90

New Orleans Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90

He had been hospitalized with the flu for a month.

Benson built his net worth of about $1.7 billion through automobile dealerships, banking concerns and real estate.

A self-made billionaire, Benson spent his childhood in humble circumstances in New Orleans, but hard work and an appetite for entrepreneurship marked his ascent. He would later on purchase a few banks himself, thus creating Benson Financial, only to sell it in 1996 to Norwest Corporation.

They are why winning had become an expectation amongst the Who Dat Nation because the players that Benson and Finks assembled demanded it. Since Mr. Benson took over the team the Saints have won six division titles, made four other playoff appearances and won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009. The victory, which came nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, was a milestone in the city's recovery. "We're back, we're back, the whole world, we're back".

He was known earlier in his tenure for a dance, nicknamed the Benson Boogie, he would do on the field to celebrate victories.

Benson later purchased the Big Easy's National Basketball Association franchise in 2012 and rebranded them as the Pelicans following 11 years as the Hornets. The team adopted the name Pelicans in 2013, after Louisiana's state bird, the Brown Pelican.

Maharashtra farmers' protest ends as government accepts their demands
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When officials there said they were talking to Benson about what it would take to keep the team, Katrina-weary residents in New Orleans reacted angrily.

His charitable legacy includes donating $7.5 million toward the construction of Tulane's Yulman Stadium and $8 million to what will be the Benson Jesuit Center at Loyola University, where he obtained his accounting degree in 1948.

Until recent years, fans often questioned whether Mr. Benson's desire for profit outweighed his loyalty to his native city. Graffiti reading, "Warning, Tom Benson inside, " was scrawled on numerous foul-smelling, discarded refrigerators that lined sidewalks around the city. Silver noted that Benson "hosted two highly-successful All-Star Games, rebranded the franchise and installed a first-class organization".

Benson bought the Saints in 1985 - when they weren't exactly winners (remember the Aints?).

Benson's daughter Renee was one of three children he adopted with his first wife, Shirley, who died of complications from lupus in 1980.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement the league "mourns the loss" of Benson, calling him "big-hearted and gracious".

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