January 14, 1935 |
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Occupation||Chairman of footwear store Shoe Carnival, former majority owner of Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Delores Barr Weaver|
|Children||2, son Brian Weaver and daughter Leigh Weaver-Sutton, 2 grandchildren|
J. Wayne Weaver (born January 14, 1935) is an American businessman. He owns the shoe store chains Shoe Carnival and Nine West, and was the first owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) from 1993 to 2011.
Weaver was born in Columbus, Georgia. He worked his way up the corporate ladder at the St. Louis-based clothing company, Brown Group, Inc. In 1978, he left to found his own shoe corporation, which he sold in the 1990s. After his partnership was awarded an NFL franchise, Weaver and his wife, Delores, moved from Darien, Connecticut to Jacksonville, where they built a new 22,228-square-foot (2,065.0 m2) home on four riverfront acres in the Lakewood area. The six bedroom, 12 bath house was assessed at $8.6 million in 2008.
Wayne Weaver met Delores Barr when she worked at his mother's dress shop; they married in 1955. In a 1998 interview, Wayne Weaver stated, "The thing I admire most about my wife is her passion for wanting to change the world. She believes down in the depth of her soul that she can make the world a better place." Wayne and Delores have two children, son Brian Weaver, and daughter Leigh Weaver-Sutton and two grandchildren.
Delores is Chairman and CEO of the Jaguars Foundation, which grants over $1 million annually to organizations that assist "economically and socially disadvantaged youth and families", according to the foundation's mission statement. Delores Weaver was honored in 2002 with the Community Leadership Award by FBI then-Director Robert Mueller. She was also named, Children's Champion 2007 by Episcopal Children's Services in recognition of her years of leadership at the Jaguars Foundation that have had a profound impact upon Jacksonville youth. The honor was created in 2006 to recognize a Jacksonville resident who has committed their time and resources to help First Coast children.
On November 29, 2011, Wayne Weaver announced that he and his partners would sell their interest in the Jaguars to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan. The majority share in the Jaguars is planned to be sold for $760 million. The sale was unanimously approved by the NFL owners on December 14, 2011 and was finalized on January 4, 2012.
On January 1, 2012, Weaver and his wife Delores were inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars in their final game as owners. The Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 19-13.