Phoenix Magazine: Sports Mogul Jerry Colangelo
Semi-retirement notwithstanding, legendary Valley sports and entertainment mogul, Jerry Colangelo, has a full lineup card.
Jerry Colangelo says he’s tried to back away from the spotlight. It just hasn’t worked. “People ask me what I’m doing now that I’m retired,” Colangelo says from his office near the Arizona Biltmore. “But I’m as busy as I’ve ever been. Now, I only do what I enjoy doing. I have the flexibility now.”
Colangelo, the former owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, has been away from both teams since 2004. In the interim, he’s managed to buy and refurbish an iconic hotel, help create the new Arizona Commerce Authority and win a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Next, he’s gearing up for the 2012 London Olympics, patching frayed relationships with the Diamondbacks, and possibly jumping into a new role at Grand Canyon University.