Tom Benson "created moments in NFL history that the city of New Orleans and football fans across the country will never forget."
--Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner
It has to be a terrible burden for Benson] to know that his heirs, who are going to profit so much from his efforts through the years, are that ungrateful. It's ingratitude at its highest.
--former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards
I used to joke that San Antonio can't afford Tom Benson.
--former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco
From salesman to dealership owner, New Orleans-born billionaire Tom Benson started in business with cars, which paved the way for his other profitable enterprises that include banks, real estate, and the New Orleans Saints. Kathy Finn's biography of this self-made tycoon reveals some of the mystery behind the legend. Beginning with his working-class childhood in New Orleans, Finn delves into the contention surrounding Benson, from the controversial near-relocation of the Saints to the dramatic legal battle with his daughter. Including interviews with friends, family, and acquaintances, this extensive compilation sheds light on the man behind the empire--his successes and his tragedies.
Journalist Kathy Finn has spent nearly 30 years covering general news, business, and political issues throughout Southern Louisiana. Finn currently works as a freelance correspondent for Reuters news agency and is a columnist and feature writer for several area publications. Finn has risen quickly to regional prominence as one of the area's leading business writers, with expertise covering banking, real estate, health care, and the energy industry. She is an incurable fan of the New Orleans Saints.