Haute 100 San Francisco Update: Jed York

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Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. President and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers Jed York joins the member board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group as he makes plans to build his team a high-tech stadium to in the area.

Jed York

Category: Entrepreneurs

Company: San Francisco 49ers

Industry: Football

What Made Him Haute: At only 29 years old, he is the owner and president of one of the most storied and celebrated football franchises in all of the NFL — the San Francisco 49ers and also our youngest cover subject. Since 2000, the team had been run by York’s parents, John and Denise DeBartolo York, who took over after the retirement of Denise’s brother, Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. The 49ers first entered the family by way of Jed’s grandfather Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., who purchased the franchise in 1977. Under the eldest DeBartolo’s watch, the team flourished into an NFL dynasty, and his son Eddie continued the trend during his tenure as president and owner. “The Team of the ’80s” won five Super Bowl championships during the decade and the early part of the following. Jed’s goal is to return the team to its former glory.

What Makes Him Haute Now: In addition to being the leader of the San Francisco 49ers as their president and CEO, Jed York is now also part of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He was recently added to the 34-member board of directors group because of his efforts to move the 49ers’ stadium to Santa Clara. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group works with more than 300 companies in cooperation with local, regional, state and federal government officials to maintain the economic health and quality of life in Silicone valley.

Though York has gotten some flack about moving the 49ers 40 miles south of San Francisco to Santa Clara, he assures doubters that, “Eighty-five percent of our season ticket holders would have their commute reduced by 40 percent if we move the stadium to Santa Clara.” The plan is for the new stadium to be a high-tech entertainment zone, jam-packed with 3D TVs, touch screen snack ordering menus located at the seats and a grass-covered rooftop area. Unlike the current stadium in Candlestick Park, the new stadium will be accessible by train, light-rail and bus. With a state-of-the-art stadium plan in the works, the trip seems worth the trade.

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