Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer passes away

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Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Buccaneers since 1995, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85, the team announced Wednesday.

Glazer helped mold the Buccaneers into a successful franchise after decades of poor performances. Since being purchased by Glazer in 1995, the Buccaneers franchise has earned seven playoff berths, five playoff wins, and captured its first Super Bowl championship in 2002.

In 1999, Glazer launched the Glazer Family Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Tampa Bay community, highlighted by the opening of the Glazer Children’s Museum in 2010. In its 15 years of existence, the Foundation has donated millions in programs, tickets, grants and in-kind contributions.

In 2005, Glazer purchased Manchester United. Since then, the club captured five Premier League titles, as well as the 2008 Champions League title.

Born in Rochester, New York as one of seven children, Glazer took over the family watch-parts business at age 15 following the death of his father and then continued his foray into the professional world, investing in other businesses. Glazer owned or was a substantial shareholder of a diverse portfolio of international holdings and public companies, including: First Allied, Zapata Corporation, Houlihan’s Restaurant Chain, Harley Davidson, Formica, Tonka, Specialty Equipment and Omega Protein.

A resident of Palm Beach, Florida, Glazer leaves behind his wife, Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren.

Linda Glazer, along with their five sons and daughter, will continue to own and operate the team as they have throughout the family’s ownership.