OWNER, BALTIMORE RAVENS
“I’m O.K. if I’m one of the least-known owners in sports,” Steve Bisciotti once said.
The publicity-shy owner of the Baltimore Ravens may not be quoted very often, but his impact on the National Football League – and on the franchise followed fervently by millions in Maryland and across the county – is undeniable.
Bisciotti, who at 60 is the third-youngest owner in the NFL, bought a minority interest in the Ravens in 2000, completing the purchase on April 9, 2004. Bisciot-ti’s initial investment provided money to secure free agents for the 2000 Super Bowl XXXV Championship team.
Growing up in Maryland, Bisciotti was an ardent fan of Baltimore’s Colts and Orioles. After he graduated from Salisbury State University, he began a staffing firm with his cousin, James Davis, that provided temporary employees to the aerospace and technology industries.
The company, now known as the Allegis Group and based in Hanover, is the largest privately held international talent firm in the country. Bisciotti, according to Forbes magazine, may be one of the richest people in Maryland with an estimated net worth of $4.4 billion in 2019.
Bisciotti’s comments in the Ravens’ 2020 media guide about why he took a chance on an unknown Jim Harbaugh as the team’s coach – a move that has paid off in another Super Bowl championship and a stream of playoff appearances – might apply more broadly.
“ … you have to be willing to separate yourself from the masses – take some chances – to achieve great success,” Bisciotti said.