Bruce Levenson, a 65-year-old American businessman, is one of the owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena, the stadium in which the team plays.
Levenson was born in Washington D.C. on October 1, 1949, and spent his young life in Chevy Chase, Maryland. After attending Washington University in St. Louis and graduating from law school at American University, Levenson focused on his journalism career at the Washington Star.
In 1977, Levenson co-founded United Communications Group, a company focused on publishing pamphlets and newsletters reporting and analyzing the developments in the oil industry, with Ed Peskowitz. UCG became a success and began acquiring other newsletters, eventually becoming the privately held business information company it is today. Currently, UCG specializes in gathering data, news and analysis for multiple industries. They also own and operate GasBuddy, a mobile application designed to help users find the lowest gas prices in their area. Levenson has also held board member positions at TechTarget and the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA).
In 2004 Levenson and Peskowitz formed and became majority partners in Atlanta Spirit LLC, which is now known as Atlanta Hawks LLC. Atlanta Spirit LLC was formed to purchase the Atlanta Hawks from Turner Broadcasting, which occurred in 2004. The group of businessmen that make up today’s Atlanta Hawks LLC also own Phillips Arena, and they once owned the Atlanta Thrashers NHL team, though they sold the team in 2011.
In 2014, after self-reporting an email sent in August of 2012 mentioning the predominately African-American fan base of the Atlanta Hawks, Levenson announced plans to sell his share of the ownership group. Levenson is using an investment-banking firm to help facilitate the sale of his share.
He has done work with both the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C. and the Hoop Dreams Foundation, among others, and also served as chapter president of the I Have a Dream Foundation, an organization helping low-income children seek out and pursue higher education.
Levenson is also a founding donor to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and funds a program teaching inner city students about the Holocaust and what lessons they can learn from the atrocity.
Bruce Levenson currently lives with Karen Levenson, his wife, and they split their time between homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Potomac, Maryland. They have three sons.