Drake New Instagram Post Suggests He Might Some Day Own the Raptors
Toronto international rap superstar, Drake, has thrown hints that he would love to own his home town football team, the Raptors. Drake posted a picture on Instagram recently of himself standing in front of the Raptor’s logo with the caption, “future owner”. Drake is already popular in the world of film, fashion and music, and now seemingly wants to break into the sports world.
Drake is no stranger to the Raptors however. Aside being his favourite football team, the musician has been a global Raptors ambassador since the year 2013 and is usually seen in the courtyard cheering for the team during their games.
It remains uncertain however, if Drake is serious about one day owning the Raptors or whether he was just making another Instagram post. There have been speculations about if the rapper is actually rich enough to own a football team.
According to a report on BlogTO,“Forbes estimates Drake’s net worth at around $100 million as of 2018, making him the fourth-wealthiest hip hop artist on earth (tied with Eminem) after Jay-Z, Diddy and Dr. Dre. Not bad for a 31-year-old from Toronto, but every team in the NBA is now reportedly worth more than $1 billion.”
“That shit would be so raw please do it,” commented Chicago’s Chance the Rapper on Drake’s Instagram post Thursday night.
“I got a GM,” wrote American businessman (and LeBron James’ best friend) Maverick Carter. “Let’s get it!!!”
Musicians have always taken an interest in the ownership of football teams. Billboards.com once made a list of international music artists who have at one time or another showed interest in the ownership of football teams. Some of the other musicians includeUsher Raymond who owns a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Justin Timberlake owns a minority share of the Memphis Grizzlies.
JAY-Z once held stake in his hometown’s Brooklyn Nets — that is, until the rapper launched his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, in 2013. According to Forbes, the rapper once held up to 1.5 percent of the $530 million team. J.Lo and Marc Anthony’s while still together purchased a share of the NFL’s Dolphins.Gloria and Emilio Estefan became minority owners in 2009, the same year Fergie was approved as a part owner.Nelly once owned a part of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004. Jon Bon Jovi became a majority owner in the Philadelphia Soul, an AFL expansion team, in 2004. Others on the list include Nick Lachey, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Tim McGraw, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Further on Drake’s acquaintance with the Raptors, Drake had earlier in January held a press conference with Raptors President Masai Ujiri to announce their $3 million (USD $2.4M) donation to help two basketball initiatives.
A million Canadian dollars was donated towards the refurbishment of 12 local community basketball courts over the next three years, while $2 million was donated to nonprofit federation Canada Basketball to develop the sport from the grassroots to pro.