Businessman who started an oil business in Arkansas called Jones Oil and Land Lease that generated huge profits. In 1989, he became owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and developed a reputation as one of the league's most flashy and wealthy owners.
He was an offensive lineman for the University of Arkansas in 1964 and won a national championship with the team.
He was dubbed the least favorite sports personality in three states by a 2003 Sports Illustrated poll. In 2017, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He raised three children, Charlotte, Stephen and Jerry Jr., with his wife Gene Jones. He and Gene also have nine grandchildren.
He clashed with former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, leading to Johnson's departure from the team, which was documented in 2008's Playing to Win.