Mark Attanasio is the current main owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. However, it should be mentioned that he is a businessman of some note as well, as shown by the fact that he is a senior executive at two investment firms, which are connected to one another because of a business relationship. Besides this, Attanasio is a part owner of another sports team situated in Milwaukee, though this one is nowhere near as prominent as the Milwaukee Brewers. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Mark Attanasio:
1. Mark Comes from Old Latin
Mark is a personal name that comes from Latin so old that its exact meaning has been lost to time. However, it is known that it is connected to the concept of war in some manner, whether it and its variations mean “war-like,” “war god,” or even “consecrated to the war god.”
2. Attanasio Means Immortal
Attanasio is one of the names that have been derived from the Greek Athanasius, which means “immortal.” In particular, that name is associated with Athanasius of Alexandria, a bishop who played an important role in shaping the Christian faith at a relatively early point in its existence, so much so that he is remembered as a saint.
3. Born in the Bronx
New York City is made up of five boroughs. One of these five boroughs is the Bronx, which happens to extend over the same space as Bronx County. Attanasio was born in the Bronx, though he was raised elsewhere.
4. Grew Up in Tenafly, NJ
Instead, Attanasio grew up in a borough called Tenafly, which can be found in the state of New Jersey. Said borough was named thus because the first European settlers in the region came from the Netherlands, who proceeded to call it Tiene Vly meaning “Ten Swamps.”
5. Went to Brown University
Eventually, Attanasio went to Brown University, where he would receive his Bachelor of Arts. Suffice to say that Brown University has an excellent reputation, which is perhaps unsurprising considering that it is one of the first universities to be established in what would become the United States as well as the first U.S. university to take in students regardless of their religious affiliation.
6. Went to Columbia Law School
Later, Attanasio got his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. Of course, this would be the law school attached to Columbia University, which is like Brown University in that it is counted as a member of the Ivy League as well. On top of that, Columbia University is notable for being one of the most selective schools in the United States, as shown by how even its undergraduate acceptance rate is no more than 5.5 percent.
7. Co-Founded Crescent Capital Partners
In 1991, Attanasio co-founded Crescent Capital Partners, which specializes in the below investment grade market. Eventually, Crescent Capital Partners was bought out by Trust Company of the West. However, it has since been spun off as an independent investment firm in its own right once more, though the two companies retain close links with one another.
8. Served on Board of Directors for Global Crossing
At one point in time, Attanasio served on the Board of Directors for Global Crossing, which was a telecommunications company that offered a number of computer networking services to both businesses and consumers. In 2002, Global Crossing filed for bankruptcy, which prompted accusations that its executives had been covering up the manipulation of financial statements. Not long after, Attanasio resigned from the Board of Directors, which is responsible for overseeing the executives in most corporations.
9. Bought Milwaukee Brewers in 2004
In 2004, Attanasio is believed to have paid around $223 million for the Milwaukee Brewers. The other party involved in the transaction was the family of Bud Selig, who some people might recognize as the MLB commissioner who was responsible for buying the Seattle Pilots when they had become bankrupt and then naming them the Milwaukee Brewers in honor of a minor league team that he remembered from his youthful days.
10. Part Owner of Milwaukee Admirals
Besides the Milwaukee Brewers, Attanasio is one of the owners of the Milwaukee Admirals as well. Said team is an ice hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League, which serves as the main development league for the NHL. It is interesting to note that the Milwaukee Admirals is associated with the NHL’s Nashville Predators.