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# 265 Terry Pegula $8.19B

Random fact: One of his children, Jessica, is a professional tennis player.


Pegula is the owner of the Buffalo Bills (football) and Buffalo Sabres (hockey) franchises. He made his fortune from East Resources, a natural gas producer he founded in 1983 that acquired leases in the Marcellus and Niobrara shale formations. He sold most of the company in 2010 to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion.

As of :
Last change -$25.0M ( -0.3%)
YTD change +$187M ( +2.3%)
Biggest asset Cash
Country / Region United States
Age 71
Industry Energy
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Relative Value

Terry Pegula's net worth of $8.19B can buy ...

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... and is equivalent to ...

of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
of the top 200 U.S. executives’ total awarded compensation
of U.S. existing home sales
times the median U.S. household income

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The majority of Pegula's fortune is derived from East Resources, a U.S. natural gas exploration and production company he founded in 1983 and sold the majority of in transactions in 2009, 2010 and 2014. Pegula received $5.3 billion before capital gains taxes and after accounting for company debt that retired in the sales, according to Bloomberg News, press releases and an article in the Oil and Gas Financial Journal.

The billionaire purchased the Buffalo Bills football franchise for $1.4 billion in 2014. He's the sole owner of the team and has no debt on the organization. It's valued according to an August 2022 report by valuation consultants Sportico.

Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres pro hockey franchise and the team's arena for $189 million in 2011. It's valued at $635 million, based on a November 2022 report by Sportico.

Pegula stated in mid-2014 that he holds "significant oil and gas assets" in Colorado, Wyoming, New York, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They're not valued because of a lack of information.

The value of Pegula's cash and other assets is calculated by applying taxes and accounting for market performance and charitable giving.

Kevin Kearns, a spokesperson for Buffalo Bills, didn't respond to emails seeking comment on Pegula's net worth.


Family: Married, 5 children

Terry Pegula was born in March 1951 in Carbondale, in northeast Pennsylvania. He attended high school at Jesuit-run Scranton Preparatory School in nearby Scranton and later enrolled at Pennsylvania State University as a math major. In order to stay in school and secure a scholarship, he switched majors to natural gas engineering, according to a December 2014 biography of Pegula on the Buffalo Sabres website.

Pegula graduated Penn State in 1973 and got his first job with Getty Oil in Victoria, Texas. He later joined Felmont Oil Co., transferring with the job to western New York. An ice hockey enthusiast, Pegula became a fan of the Buffalo Sabres franchise while watching the 1975 Stanley Cup finals. He bought the team in 2011.

He formed his own oil and gas exploration and production company, East Resources, in 1983, using $7,500 borrowed from friends and family. Over the next 27 years, he built it into one of the largest closely held energy companies in the U.S. He began to divest most of its assets in 2009, collecting almost $5.3 billion. After completing those sales in 2014, he purchased the Buffalo Bills for $1.4 billion, pledging to keep the NFL football team at home.

  • 1951 Terry Pegula is born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
  • 1973 Graduates from Penn State with a degree in natural gas engineering.
  • 1983 Founds East Resources, a natural gas and oil exploration company.
  • 2009 KKR invests $350 million in East Resources.
  • 2010 Earns $3.5 billion from sale of much of East Resources to Royal Dutch Shell.
  • 2011 Purchases the Buffalo Sabres hockey franchise for $189 million.
  • 2014 Buys the NFL Buffalo Bills for $1.4 billion in cash.
  • 2014 Collects $1.75 billion from sale of East Resources assets to American Energy.