Mark Attanasio

Mark L. Attanasio (born September 29, 1957) is an American businessman from The Bronx who is the principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. In September 2004, he reached a deal, on behalf of an investment group, to purchase the Brewers from the family of Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Bud Selig for an estimated US$223 million.[1] The deal was approved by MLB at the owners' winter meeting on January 13, 2005.[2]

Mark Attanasio
Mark Attanasio with his wife at Miller Park
Born (1957-09-29) September 29, 1957
EducationBrown University, A.B. 1979
Columbia Law School, J.D. 1982
Occupation(s)Principal Owner of the Milwaukee Brewers
Senior executive, Crescent Capital Group and Trust Company of the West

Early life and education

Attanasio was born in The Bronx, New York and grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he attended high school.[3] He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in 1979 and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1982.[4]



He co-founded the Los Angeles investment firm Crescent Capital Group in 1991, which was later bought by Trust Company of the West in 1995.[5] In 2001, Attanasio joined the board of directors at the telecommunications firm Global Crossing, which filed for bankruptcy in January 2002.[6] He resigned his position on the board shortly thereafter.[7]

He is a founder and senior executive with the alternative investment firm Crescent Capital Group.[8]

Milwaukee Brewers

In September 2004, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Selig family announced that they had accepted Attanasio's bid to buy the team.[9]

Attanasio (center) presenting a 2011 Silver Slugger Award to Ryan Braun

Other work

Along with Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash and former Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets, Attanasio is also a part-owner of the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.[10]

He was a major sponsor of the widely acclaimed Andy Warhol exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.[11]

In August 2022, it was announced that Attanasio would become a director of Norwich City Football Club. Attanasio received major backlash from Brewers fans for this move, as the move came just after Attanasio did not allow Brewers GM David Stearns to make any significant additions to the team at the trade deadline because of “budget constraints”. [12] It was reported that he would be purchasing an 18% stake in the club from Michael Foulger.[13]


Mark is the brother of television writer Paul Attanasio.[14] He is married to Deborah (née Kaplan) and has two sons, Dan and Mike. His eldest son Dan and his rock band, Pan Am, performed at Summerfest 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[15]

See also

  • List of Major League Baseball principal owners


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  8. "History". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  9. Vrana, Debora (2004-10-04). "Owning His Dream Team". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
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  12. "Club issue notice of general meeting to shareholders". Norwich City. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  13. "Norwich City set to appoint Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio to club board". The Athletic. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  14. Tyler Kepner (September 30, 2011). "Owner Goes All In on the Brewers". The New York Times.
  15. VALLEJOS, TAMARA. "Attanasio's son steps up to plate". Archived from the original on 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
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