Browns sold: Who is James Haslam III

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The Browns have been sold in a deal worth more than $1 billion to Tennessee businessman, Jimmy Haslam III.

James 'Jimmy' Haslam III, 58, has been the CEO and President of Pilot Flying J Travel Centers since September 2001. His father, James Haslam Jr. founded the company in 1958. The company is the 11th largest privately owned company in the U.S. and is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Jimmy Haslam took his mother's seat on the Pilot board in 1974, before he graduated from the University of Tennessee. He began working at the company full time in August 1976.

Pilot Travel Centers located in Ohio include sites in Avon, Richfield, Seville, Lodi, Austinburg, Austintown, Girard, and Hubbard.

Haslam became a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008.

In a investor profile posted in 2010 on Steelers.com, Haslam describes himself as originally a Dallas Cowboys fan and then an Indianapolis Colts fan. When asked "Are you a Steelers fan now, or is your relationship with the team more about business?" He answered, "I am 1,000 percent a Steelers fan!"

He and his wife, Dee, have donated more than $10 million to the University of Tennessee Knoxville for university programs, professorships and scholarships.

His father, James Jr., had been a starting tackle for the University of Tennessee football team, graduating in 1952. The university's practice field near Neyland Stadium is known as Haslam Field.

His brother, Bill Haslam, is the current governor of Tennessee.

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