As they get closer to finalizing the purchase of the Denver Broncos, the Walton-Penner ownership group has welcomed Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula One world winner, as a limited partner.
“We’re delighted to welcome seven-time Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group,’’ Rob Walton said via a statement. “He is a champion competitor who knows what it takes to lead a winning team and a fierce advocate for global equality, including in his own sport.”
In his own statement, Hamilton included a picture of his dog Roscoe sporting Denver Broncos gear.
The $4.65 billion purchase of the Denver Broncos was reached in June by the Walton-Penner group, which includes Walmart heir Rob Walton, his daughter Carrie Walton Penner, her husband Greg Penner, and Starbucks board chair Mellody Hobson. The NFL will host an owners meeting on August 9 to formally ratify the deal.
Condoleezza Rice, a former secretary of state, joined the organization last month for an undisclosed share. The first two Black women to own a stake in an NFL franchise were Hobson and Rice.
Serena Williams and Hamilton previously collaborated on a group of investors’ effort to acquire Premier League team Chelsea FC.
Excited to join an incredible group of owners and become a part of the @Broncos story!! Honoured to work with a world class team and serve as an example of the value of more diverse leadership across all sports. Roscoe already thinks he made
the team 😂 #LetsRide 🐎🔥 pic.twitter.com/TSLQdPM8Hz
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 2, 2022