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Stan Kroenke dubbed "Quietest Sports Emperor"

What is it about Denver that makes its richest people want to keep their lips zipped?

Phil Anschutz, the state's wealthiest person, refuses to grant interviews despite personally owning newspapers and online info properties, not to mention theaters and sports venues.

And Stan Kroenke, owner of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, steers clear of the press, too, even declining to talk to the New York Times for "From an Owner to the Quietest Sports Emperor," a profile prompted by word that he's about to take control of Arsenal, a storied English soccer club valued at $1.2 billion. The piece characterizes Silent Stanley as a serious kid (he kept the books for his dad's business beginning at around age ten) who turned into a serious adult -- one whose most mortifying moment may have taken place last year, when he was satirized in the wrestling ring by WWE hype king Vince McMahon after a playoff game preempted a Monday night Raw event.

Of course, Kroenke's also a real fan, as anyone who's seen him applauding wildly at Nuggets games -- he usually sits near the team, not in an isolated luxury box -- knows firsthand. That's our kind of serious.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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