On the court, Harden was the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player and has led the United States to gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The 29-year-old joined the Houston Rockets ahead of the 2012-13 season and has been named an NBA All-Star in each season while leading the team to the playoffs every year. Harden has earned first-team All-NBA honors in five of the past six seasons.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said at the time of the announcement. “Houston is my home now, and I saw this as a way to invest in my city and expand my business interests at the same time. Soccer in general, and especially MLS, have exploded in this country throughout my lifetime. I’ve been a fan of the game for several years, and I know that Houston has a massive soccer fanbase, so it was an easy decision for me when this opportunity arose.”
Harden joins an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, who purchased the majority share of the team in December 2015. Born in Mexico City, Brener is the only Mexican-born owner of a major league American professional sports team.
As a native of Los Angeles and a gold medal-winning professional athlete, Harden already has two things in common with another member of the club’s ownership group, Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 after a legendary career in the ring in which he captured 10 world titles and won gold at the 1992 Olympics.
Harden also joins Ben Guill, the Managing Partner of White Deer Energy, a Houston-based energy private equity fund with $2.2 billion in committed capital, and Jake Silverstein, a private investor based in Portland, Oregon. Silverstein leads Stormlight Expeditions, the Silverstein family’s private investment platform.
Harden was represented in this transaction by business manager Lorenzo McCloud along with True Capital management, while the Dynamo and Dash were represented by Brener Group Chief Operating Officer and club Executive Vice President Chris Hopkins.
The club ownership stake adds another high-profile investment to the shooting guard’s already Impressive portfolio, which includes the sports drink BodyArmor, Art of Sport (A.O.S.), a body- and skin-care brand tailored specifically for athletes, and the sock company Stance, among others.