Jeanie Marie Buss is partowner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association . Buss is the daughter of Jerry Buss, a real estate investor who later owned the Lakers and other sports businesses. At age 19, she started in the family business as general manager of the Los Angeles Strings professional tennis team. She later became the owner of the Los Angeles Blades professional roller hockey team. She was also president of the Great Western Forum before becoming vice president of the Lakers. After her father died in 2013, his controlling ownership of the Lakers passed to his six children via a family trust, with each child receiving an equal vote. Buss took over as team president and represents the Lakers on the NBA Board of Governors.