Just call him Dr. Sports
It’s apparently not enough that Dr. Patrick Soon-shiong owns a small share of the Los Angeles Lakers, that he’s a co-inventor of the breast cancer drug Abraxane, and that he started his own digital technology company last year. Now the billionaire-philanthropist-surgeon wants a piece of some Major League Baseball action, with plans to be in on a bid for the Dodgers. ( Outliers can’t help but observe that he’d be natural for team doctor.)
A representative for SoonShiong told the Los Angeles Times recently that he will “absolutely participate” in the bid for the Dodgers. In addition, the newspaper reports that Soon-shiong is also interested in investing in an NFL team if one were to move to L.A.
Soon-shiong founded Nantworks in September. Last week, the company said it had acquired Boston Life Labs, which provides hardware and software products used in patient tele-monitoring. No word on if the entrepreneurial doc, who tied last year with Steve Jobs for No. 39 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, has any baseball-themed technology in the wings.
When billionaires collide: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hangs with Soon-shiong at a Lakers game last year. Now Soon-shiong is thinking baseball.