Owner - Rockets
Leslie L. Alexander has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from New York University and Juris Doctorate degree from what is now known as the Thomas Jefferson Law School. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1978.
Leslie Alexander assumed ownership of the Houston Rockets on July 30, 1993, and – over the last years – has devoted his efforts to making his teams champions both on the basketball court and in the community. Alexander's dedication to winning has resulted in two NBA Championships with the Rockets and four WNBA Titles with the Houston Comets; giving Houston its first professional sports championships. In 2008, Forbes recognized the integral role Alexander has played in the Rockets' success by naming him the NBA's best owner. The article details how Alexander's management style has not only produced a winning track record for the Rockets but also one of the most well-run and lucrative franchises in the NBA. Off the court, the Rockets franchise has set the standard for community involvement over the last decade.
In 2003, Alexander's commitment to construct a new home for the Rockets and Comets was rewarded with the opening of Toyota Center – Houston's state-of-the-art multi-purpose sports facility. Alexander, who has held the longest ownership tenure in franchise history, continues to strive for peak success both on and off the court.
His financial interest is in real estate, sports franchises, Venture Capital funds and other business include First Marblehead Corporation (FMD). Alexander provided seed capital to this company in 1995 and eventually the company went public in 2003.
Leslie Alexander's passion for wine led him to purchase land in North Fork, Long Island to start a vineyard. The vineyard was planted in 2001 under David Abreu's direction and supervision, with the best French rootstock to suit the sandy soil and mild climate. Robert Parker has called Abreu the best viticulturist in the United States, and he is in charge of many of Napa Valley's most prestigious vineyards including Harlan, Bryant and Screaming Eagle. Alexander's vineyard consists of five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, sixteen acres of Merlot, one acre of Pinot Noir and one acre of Chardonnay. After six years of cultivation, Alexander launched Leslie Wine in 2008, which is currently selling four exceptional 2007 vintage wines exclusively in China.
Charitable giving has always been a way of life for Alexander. In 1995, Alexander established the Clutch City Foundation with the goal of providing help, hope, and inspiration to those who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the Clutch City Foundation, the Houston Rockets are involved in a multitude of community service and charity fundraising programs. The Clutch City Foundation funds operate comprehensive programs benefiting thousands of children.
In 1997, Alexander and the Houston Rockets were honored with the Pro Team Community Award given by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. This award recognizes one professional team each year that exemplifies community service and acts as a catalyst for community spirit and pride.
In 1998, the Rockets were awarded the "Leadership Houston" Leadership in Action award for outstanding community service to education.
In 2002 and 2003, Alexander donated to Goodfellows, two of the largest single contributions in the program's history. The Houston Chronicle project, Goodfellows, provides holiday gifts to needy children ages two through 10.
Leslie Alexander is the founder of the Evelyn Alexander Home for Animals Foundation. It is his vision to provide a permanent home to abandoned and abused animals.
Leslie Alexander presently sits on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of the United States, the Children's Assessment Foundation, Clutch City Foundation, and Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital