F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton joins Denver Broncos NFL team ownership group



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.