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William P. "Bill" Foley II (born December 14, 1944) is an American businessman and former attorney, specializing in financial services. He is chairman of Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight Financial Services, and vice chairman of Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS).[1] Foley is the lead investor in Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium that was awarded an expansion ice hockey franchise named the Vegas Golden Knights for Las Vegas, Nevada that began play in the National Hockey League in 2017.

Growing up, Foley mostly lived in Texas with his family and extended family who were ranchers. For a time, he lived in Ottawa, Ontario, when his father was posted in the United States Air Force there. Foley played shinny, an informal type of ice hockey and started a lifelong appreciation for the sport.[2]

Foley graduated from West Point in 1967. While still at West Point he made $40,000 on the stock market which he played in his spare time. Foley later transferred to the Air Force, where as an officer he negotiated million-dollar defense contracts with Boeing. After leaving the Air Force, Foley moved into corporate law upon earning his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1974. Later he bought and revitalized the then struggling title insurance firm Fidelity National Financial. He later invested in wineries, golf courses, hotels, ski resorts, steak houses, fast-food restaurants and auto parts manufacturers.[3]

Sports Ownership

Vegas Golden Knights

Foley is currently the owner of the Vegas Golden Knights, of the National Hockey League.[4] The Knights began playing in the 2017-18 season.

Prior to becoming the lead owner for the Golden Knights, Foley, who lived in Jacksonville, Florida at the time explored buying the National Football League Jacksonville Jaguars before the team was acquired by Shahid Khan.[3]

References

  1. Our Team. Retrieved on June 22, 2016.
  2. NHL - Potential Las Vegas expansion team owner a driven man. Espn.go.com (December 12, 2014). Retrieved on June 23, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Las Vegas Golden Knights behind the scenes. SI.com (January 23, 2017). Retrieved on January 28, 2017.
  4. Ewing, Mark. Bill Foley And The National Hockey League's Newest Franchise, The Vegas Golden Knights (en).
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