An investment company co-founded by Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is joining the Gotham FC’s ownership group.
Thirty Five Ventures, or 35V, co-founded by Durant and entrepreneur Rich Kleiman, has joined the North Jersey-based professional women’s soccer club as minority investors, the team said Wednesday. The news comes on the tails of soccer legend and former player Carli Lloyd re-joining the team as a minority owner last week.
“As a New York-based company, the opportunity for us to partner with a forward-thinking team like Gotham FC was a no-brainer,” said Kleiman in a statement. “There’s been so much growth in the NWSL in recent years, and the chance to be a part of that growth and work directly with the Gotham FC executive team and players is really exciting.”
Other owners include Ed Nalbandian and Steven Temares. New Jersey’s first couple, Gov. Phil Murphy and Tammy Murphy, are majority owners of the team.
“Bringing in Kevin, Rich, and 35V as investors is a huge statement about the positive trajectory of our club,” said Tammy Murphy, the team’s club chair, in a statement. “The level of enthusiasm they’ve displayed has been above and beyond anything we could have anticipated.”