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Malcolm Glazer, 85; owned prominent sports franchises

Malcolm Glazer celebrated his team’s Super Bowl win.
Malcolm Glazer celebrated his team’s Super Bowl win.Dave Martin/AP/File 2003

TAMPA — Malcolm Glazer, 85, a self-made billionaire who owned Manchester United and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died, the Buccaneers organization said Wednesday.

The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since 2006 when strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility.

Mr. Glazer raised his profile in 2005 with a $1.47 billion takeover of Manchester United that was bitterly opposed by fans of one of the world’s richest football clubs. Before that, his unobtrusive management style helped transform the Bucs into a model franchise that in 2003 won the Super Bowl, 48-21, over the Oakland Raiders.

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Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Rochester, N.Y., his father was a watch-parts salesman. He purchased the Bucs for a then-NFL record $192 million in 1995.