Jim Buss Biography

( 1959 - )
December 20, 2018
First published on:December 20, 2018
by Robert Stewart

Facts of Jim Buss

Date of Birth: 1959, November 9
Age: 59 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Birth Name James Hatten Buss
Famous Name Jim Buss

Jim Buss is a part-owner and former executive vice president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the son of former Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Buss was president of the Los Angeles Lazers professional indoor soccer team from 1985–1989.


He later trained thoroughbred racehorse for nine years before joining the Lakers in 1998 as an assistant general manager. He was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in 2005. After his father Jerry died in 2013, his controlling ownership of the Lakers passed to his children via a family trust, with each child receiving an equal interest.

Jim Buss Early life

Jim Buss was born on 9TH November 1959, Los Angeles County, California, the U.S. The 59-year American international is about 6ft 2 inches tall, further, Jeanie Buss and Johnny Buss

American part-owner and former executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss was born in Los Angeles County, California. He was born on 9TH November 1959. He is an American nationality. His birth name is James Hatten Buss.

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Buss was born the second of four children to Jo Ann and Jerry Buss. He grew up with older brother Johnny and sisters Jeanie and Janie. Their parents divorced in 1972. Buss attended college at the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in math before he dropped out.

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He spent much of his youth at race tracks. Although he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m), Buss attended jockey school when he was 20. ( Jockeys typically stand around 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m) to 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)).

Jim Buss Career Highlights

Despite coming from a huge family, Buss tried to do something of his own. Jim started investing a small business along with his best friend but the sad death of his friend in the car accident in 1981 left him devastated.

Recovering from the recent events, he became the president of his father’s indoor soccer team named the Los Angeles Lazers after his brother Johnny quit. The hardworking man with a keen mind brought the annual losses from $1 million to $50,000. Buss was supposed to do well but the team folded in the year 1989.

 Later, he became the horse trainer and has over half-dozen horse under his command. Jim was diverted to another business as the horse racing stock was quite unfavorable and unprofitable. Buss was invited by his father to join the great Los Angeles Lakers in 1988.

He initially joined the Lakers as an apprentice to general manager Jerry West and assistant, Mitch Kupchak. Buss extensively learn the basketball game, tactics and strategies from his father, Jerry West, and Kupchak, who was promoted to general manager in 2000.

Gaining the immense success, Buss was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in the year 2005. Whereas, her sister Jeanie handles another part of the Laker’s business.

Jim Buss Net-worth: $600 Million

James Hatten “Jim” Buss represents himself as a part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations of the famous Los Angeles Lakers. Buss' total net worth isn't revealed yet, however, he is the equal recipients of his father will and ownership of Lakers. Whereas, Dr. Jerry Buss massive wealth of $600 million was also distributed among six children via a family trust.

Jim Buss Personal Life

Jim tied his wedding knot to his former wife in 1983 and the pair adopted a son named, Jager. Surrounded by lots of trouble and differences, the pair split up a month later.

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However, their divorce was finalized in the year 1985 and had to live with each other for more than six months as they were watched by the social workers. Later, the pair moves to their daily lives, while Buss gain the sole custody of their son.

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