John W. Henry is a founder and the principal owner of Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a global sports, marketing, media, entertainment, and real estate company anchored by three iconic clubs, the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In addition to his role as control person for all three teams, he also serves as Director of NASCAR’s RFK Racing, of which FSG owns a 50 percent stake.
Prior to founding Fenway Sports Group to purchase the Red Sox, Mr. Henry was chairman and sole owner of the Florida Marlins from 1999 through 2001 and a limited partner of the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2003. Mr. Henry takes an active role in Major League Baseball matters and currently serves as Chairman of Major League Baseball’s Business Board and is a member of its Executive Council and Investment Committee.
Independent of Fenway Sports Group, Mr. Henry and partner Dave Kaemmer founded iRacing.com in 2004, a company that has grown to become the world’s premier motorsport racing simulation portal, offering more racing disciplines than any other online platform.
Outside of his career in sports, Mr. Henry has extensive experience as a founder, manager, and investor. A pioneering trader of commodities futures, for more than 30 years Mr. Henry served as chairman of the John W. Henry & Company, Inc., a global investment management firm he founded in 1981.
In October of 2013, Mr. Henry purchased the Boston Globe becoming the third owner of the largest newspaper in New England. A year later, he assumed the role of publisher, the newspaper’s ninth in its history.
Mr. Henry has served on the Board of Directors of the Futures Industry Association (FIA), the National Association of Futures Trading Advisors, and the Managed Futures Trade Association. He was elected to the FIA’s Futures Hall of Fame as a recognized leader in alternative asset financial product innovation.
Mr. Henry has served as a board member of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a former Trustee of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boca Raton Community Hospital, and a former board member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund.
Mr. Henry has received honorary doctorate degrees from Northeastern University and Boston University. He has also received the Charles Hamilton Houston Justice Award, the Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New England, and a lifetime achievement award from Alternative Investment News.
Born in Quincy, Illinois, Mr. Henry spent most of his childhood on the family farm in Forrest City, Arkansas, where his father raised soybeans, corn, and wheat. A Cardinals fan who grew up listening to Harry Caray, Jack Buck, and Joe Garagiola on the radio, Mr. Henry was nine when he saw his first Major League Baseball game at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis – the very city where he would see his own Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004.