Another Dodger bidder who has made it past the first round of the auction process is reported to be Jared Kushner. Kushner is a 31-year old from New York who also happens to be Donald Trump’s son-in-law. He married the Donald’s daughter Ivanka Trump in 2009. Jared and Ivanka have a daughter, Arabella Rose, born last July. Kushner is from a successful real estate family and principal owner of Kushner’s Properties. He has been the owner and publisher of the New York Observer since 2006.
Kushner has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a law degree from New York University School of Law, and a M.B.A. from Stern School of Business.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Kushner’s involvement in the auction. He had been anonymous in status within the bidding process previously. Kushner told the New York Times he did not like the public spotlight.
UBS Vice Chairman Aryeh Bourkoff, who has experience in media deals with companies like Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, and Comcast is working with Kushner.
Funding would be coming from the Kushner family, but it is unknown how much wealth the family controls. MLB is currently running background checks on potential buyers, and they will certainly be looking closely at the Kushner family. Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, was sentenced to two years in prison for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering back in 2005. Supposedly, Charles Kushner will not be involved in the bid.
Jared would be the youngest MLB owner if he scores the team.