AMERICAN businessman Robert Sarver made his fortune in banking and real estate before adding an NBA team to his roster.
He snapped up his home state’s basketball team the Pheonix Suns back in 2004 for a whopping $401million.
Who is Penny Sanders?
Robert Sarver lives with his wife Penny Sanders in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
The pair met in 1991 when she moved to Pheonix after graduating from The University of Oklahoma in 1990.
The Missouri native bagged a job with Prentice-Hall, marketing textbooks to universities.
She reportedly boasts a bachelor’s degree in business, while Robert earned the same qualification at The University of Arizona.
Although the specifics of her current career are unknown, Penny is also a businesswoman and is often involved in charitable work.
Inspired by the sudden death of Robert’s father, business and banking tycoon Jack Sarver in 1979, from a heart attack, they are closely involved with the University of Arizona’s heart research center.
In 1998, it was renamed the Sarver Heart Center in honor of the late hotel developer.
Robert previously said: “Penny and I are fortunate that our parents taught us to give a little back when we have been successful.
“We are fortunate to be able to do that.”
Robert also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Sarver Heart Center.
When did Robert Sarver and Penny Sanders get married?
Robert and Penny chose to not rush into saying their wedding vows and dated for five years before getting hitched.
They tied the knot on November 2, 1996, in an intimate ceremony in San Diego.
According to reports, only their closest friends and family were invited to the big day.
How many children do Robert Sarver and Penny Sanders have?
Robert and Penny share three children together, who they welcomed in the years after they got married.
Their first son, Max Sarver, was born in 1997.
Two years later in 1999, another boy named Jake arrived before Penny gave birth to her third son, Zach, in 2001.
The trio are often seen alongside their parents at NBA games, although little is known about their personal lives.
But in 2017, their youngest hit the headlines after he extraordinarily emerged from a coma and went on to win a state championship.
While in high school, then-16-year-old Zach suffered a severe injury while skateboarding.
But he made a miraculous recovery and went on to clinch a win for his team, Phoenix Country Day School, that was widely publicized by local media.