Jim Crane Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
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About Jim Crane

Jim Crane, born James Robert Crane, is a celebrated American businessman hailing from Houston, Texas, who is involved in multiple industries.
Jim Crane is the chief executive of Crane Freight, Crane Capital Group, and Crane Worldwide Logistics and Shipping. Not only that, but he also owns the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team and is a chairman of the team.
Crane comes from St. Louis County, Missouri but has made his mark worldwide. So, it's evident that this man has something that makes others curious about him.
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Jim Crane Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Jim Crane’s net worth?

Jim Crane has a net worth of $2.5 billion. His first fortune was earned when he started his logistics business and he earned his second fortune when he started the Houston Astros Baseball team.

How much does Jim Crane earn per year?

As per the data of 2018, Jim Crane's yearly earnings are more than $900 million!

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Jim Crane?

Jim Crane is 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old is Jim Crane?

Jim Crane was born on January 17, 1954, in Houston, Texas. He is currently 68 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

James Robert Crane, widely known as Jim Crane, apparently had a simple childhood like many others. He hails from the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Crane had his education at Lutheran High School North, situated in St. Louis County, Missouri in the United States. He then pursued his college degree in industrial safety from the University of Central Missouri, formerly known as Central Missouri State University.
In 1976, he joined Tau Kappa Epsilon and also got the chance to be associated with the Central Missouri Mules baseball team.
At the beginning of his college years, he had a major setback when his father died. However, he received support from his coach, Robert N. Tompkins and bucked up to set a bright future for himself.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Jim Crane’s partner?

Jim Crane has been married three times. His second wife, Franci Neely Crane, and Jim Crane are together recognized to be the owners of the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. They were married for 21 years before they divorced in February 2015.
Now, Jim Crane is married to Whitney Wheeler. They had a lavish and dreamy wedding ceremony in 2017 which took place at the Floridian National Golf Club.
Their son, James Robert Crane II, is now recognized as the Senior Vice President of Crane Worldwide Logistics.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Crane has tried his hand at multiple industries, but began working after college in the insurance business.
His next venture was Eagle USA Airfreight, which he started by borrowing $10,000 from his sister. The venture was later known as Eagle Global Logistics, in short EGL. Eagle Global Logistics was an information service and supply chain management business that was amalgamated with CEVA Logistics in 2007.
Later on, Crane utilized his profits from EGL to form Crane Capital Group. Crane Capital Group is a foundation that grows real estate businesses across the major cities of Asia. He also possesses the majority of the shares of Crane Worldwide Logistics.
Baseball being one of Crane's major interests, he had attempted to become a baseball owner in 2008 and tried it again in 2009 and 2010 as well, but could not succeed in his attempts. Finally, in 2011, he purchased the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Some of his other businesses include ventures in the restaurant business, a commercial safety supply called Crane Safety, and a software company as well. The two restaurants he owns are Osso and Kristalla, and Potente.
The software company, Modiant, that Crane started, focuses on digitizing freight and transportation management.

Charity Work

Crane has donated to several charities, among which the most prominent one is the donation of $1.2 million that he contributed to the school he went to in his childhood. The fund was given to improve the athletic facilities and also to expand the campus area.
He is also known to be the largest donor of 1998 because of his donation worth $1.2 million to upgrade the CMSU baseball stadium. As a part of the donation, Crane renamed the stadium James R. Crane Stadium in memory of his coach Robert Tompkins who motivated him to continue his studies.
Astros Foundation is one of the major strengths that help him in donating to the needy. The foundation was started after he bought Astros and after six years of ownership, the foundation has grown from $50,000 to $12 million, under his leadership.
The Astros Ownership Group and the Astros Foundation together have donated $4 million to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund in 2017.
In the pandemic of 2020, Crane donated 100,000 COVID test swabs and personal protective equipment, along with $400,000 to local hospitals.
Crane, together with Astros, raised $2.6 million in 2020 for the Astros Foundation. In 2021 there was an initiative taken by the Astros Foundation to collect food, diapers, and other essentials and supply them to the areas in Louisiana that had been badly affected by hurricanes.
In return, free tickets were distributed to those who donated these items. Crane has not limited himself to this only, but also provided 30 large trucks on behalf of Crane Worldwide Logistics, to transport the collected items to the needed areas.

What awards has Jim Crane won?

In 2006, Crane won the Number One CEO Golfer Award.
In 2018, he received the ALF Public Service Award from the American Leadership Forum.
From the Missouri Athletic Club, Crane won the Jack Buck Award in 2018.
In 2020, he received the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award in honor of his generous contributions and donations to various causes.
In 2021, his name was included in the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jim Crane’s Hobbies And Interests

Crane's interest in baseball began at an early age, but especially during his college days in Central Missouri. He played sports in school, especially baseball.
Along with baseball, Crane also has an avid interest in golf and is known to play very well.

Other Interesting Jim Crane Facts And Trivia

  • The first business Crane started was an insurance business, because his father had done the same and Jim wanted to follow in his footsteps.
  • The insurance business could not hold him for enough time, because his attention shifted to the air freight and shipping business.
  • Initially, he had faced many backlashes for buying his own baseball team. He was ridiculed for the plans that he made regarding the team.
  • When Crane's father died, he had no hope of continuing his studies. However, his coach Robert Tompkins motivated him to study further. For this priceless contribution of his coach in his life, he later renamed the CMSU stadium in his memory.
  • Jim Crane became the owner of the Floridian National Gold Club, Palm City, Florida in April, 2010.

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Jim Crane Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

James Robert Crane

Date of Birth

1954-01-17

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Houston, Texas

Age

Height

183 cm

Eye Color

Black

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Businessman

Education

Lutheran High School North

Net Worth

2500000000

Partner

Whitney Crane

Annual Earnings

900000000
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

With a wealth of international experience spanning Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East, Anusuya brings a unique perspective to her work as a Content Assistant and Content Updating Coordinator. She holds a law degree from India and has practiced law in India and Kuwait. Anusuya is a fan of rap music and enjoys a good cup of coffee in her free time. Currently, she is working on her novel, "Mr. Ivory Merchant".

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