Owner of "America's team" led university of Arkansas Razorbacks to Cotton Bowl title in 1964. Joined father's insurance company. Ventured into energy; found natural gas in first 13 wells dug 1970s. Bought pro football's Dallas Cowboys in 1989 for $150 million; team worth $1.2 billion today. Squad had NFC's best regular season record last year; lost in second round of playoffs to New York Giants. Glad to be starting 2008 campaign: "We've got a team that is knocking on the door." Plans to open $1.2 billion, 100,000-seat Cowboys Stadium next year. Starring in HBO docu-reality show Hard Knocks. Owns poultry processor, cattle ranch; increasing gas exploration.
In 2015, U. of Arkansas at Fayetteville received a gift of cash and land with a combined value of $10.7-million from Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team, and his wife, Gene. Both the land and the money will be used for its athletics program. Mr. Jones played football for the university from 1962 to 1964.more » « less