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Pat Bowlen was a famous American businessman and lawyer. Pat Bowlen was also the majority owner of the NFL team Denver Broncos, Denver Outlaws, and part-owner of Colorado Crush.

Early Life and Childhood

Pat Bowlen was born on February 18, 1944, and he was 79 years old at the time of his demise. He was originally from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, grew up in Alberta, and was living in Englewood, Colorado, during his last moments. His real name was Patrick Dennis Bowlen.

His parents are mother Arvella (née Woods) and his father Paul Dennis Bowlen. They were a millionaire in the Canadian oil business. They also founded Regent Drilling as a wildcatter. Their business’s owner is now John – their other son. He had three siblings namely Bill, John, and Marybeth Bowlen.

He graduated from Campion High School in Wisconsin. Later on, he obtained his degrees in business and law both from the University of Oklahoma in 1965 and 1968 respectively. During his time as a student at this university, he was a wide receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners freshman football team.

Likewise, he was also a player for the Edmonton Huskies junior football team. Further, he was also part of two Canadian Junior Football League Championship teams in the years 1962 and 1963 respectively. In the year 1969, he received bar admission. Subsequently, he became a member of the Law Society of Alberta as well as the Canadian Bar Association.

Pat Bowlen – Net Worth 2024

Additionally, he was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame on 1st November 2015. This earned him a bronze plaque and it stands on the south side of Empower Field at Mile High. Moreover, the businessman had a net worth of around $1 billion US dollars.

Career and Professional Life

Professionally, Pat Bowlen was a lawyer and a successful businessman. People recognize him as the majority owner of the National Football League (NFL)’s Denver Broncos. His family, including his three siblings and himself, purchased the aforementioned team from Edgar Kaiser in the year 1984.

From the time of their purchase until July 2014, he was Bronco’s CEO. Subsequently, he stepped down from the position because of the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Previously, he earned great wealth as a successful lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. He was also an executive for his father’s company. Apart from these, he was also a real estate developer. Also, he made major investments in the mining industry.

Pat Bowlen

Caption: Pat Bowlen posing for a photo with the players and their trophies. Source: Instagram

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Moreover, he had his own construction company called Batoni-Bowlen Enterprises at the time of his business career in Edmonton. This company built the Northlands Coliseum. This location became home to the WHA/NHL’s Edmonton Oilers for long 42 years.

He later became an initiated member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. This happened in 1963 and was done by the University of Oklahoma, Beta Omicron chapter.

Although he had a major involvement in the decision-making of the Denver Broncos, he had stepped out of the spotlight by late 2009. It was due to his short-term memory loss. He also shared with The Denver Post columnist – Woody Paige – that his memory was not what it used to be.

Then in 2010, he didn’t play a major role in the team’s decision-making. This control was given to Executive VP John Elway and President Joe Ellis. He later officially relinquished control of the team to Joe Ellis on 23 July 2014. It was due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease.

Personal Life

At the time of his death, Pat Bowlen was married to Annabel Bowlen. The two tied the knot in the year 1980 and his death on 13 June 2019 separated them. The couple shared 5 children namely John, Patrick, Brittany, Annabel, and Christiana. Before this, he was married to Sally Edwards Parker from 1968 to 1973. Their marriage ended in divorce and they shared 2 children namely Beth Wallace and Amie Klemmer.

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Caption: Pat Bowlen posing for a photo with his wife. Source: Glob Intel

Death and Afterwards

Pat Bowlen died on 13 June 2019. The cause of his demise was a pulmonary embolism. After his demise, he intended for all of his children to inherit the franchise. However, he didn’t mention who among his seven children would have the 1st right to the franchise.

Body Measurements

Pat stood tall at a height of 1.78 meters or 5 feet 10 inches and his weight was 84 kg. Other than this, the businessman’s other body measurement details are not available. Moreover, he had blonde hair and blue eyes.

Pat Bowlen – Social Media

Moving on, the businessman didn’t have a personal profile on any social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.