Jerry Krause Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 Mar, 2017
Facts of Jerry Krause
Date of Birth: 1939
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Jerry Krause
Birth Name Jerome Krause
Nick Name "Jerry"
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Chicago
Ethnicity White
Profession Basketball coach
Working For NBA
Salary $28,360 per year
Famous for NBA team
Married Yes
Married to Thelma Krause
Children David and Stacy, whom Jerry
Education Bradley University
Awards : NBA Executive of the Year Award
Music Group Bradley University
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Late Jerry Krause, born as Jerome Jerry Krause, was a professional basketball scout and general manager for Baltimore Bullets and Chicago Bulls, playing in NBA. He is one of the respected names in the NBA team management who received the NBA’s Executive of the Year Award for twice.

Early Life and Education

Jerry Krause was born on 1939. He was raised in Chicago. Nothing is spoken about his parents hence it is hard to reveal his ethnicity. Jerry Krause is an American by nationality.

Jerry attended Taft High School where he played baseball as a catcher. He is a graduate of Bradley University.


After the college, Jerry Krause started out as a scout for Baltimore Bullets with the popularity of having the eye talent. After few years with Baltimore, he worked for Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls prior to starting as a scout for baseball.

As for baseball, he was a scout for Chicago White Sox. During that time, Jerry Krause was offered to serve as General Manager of the Chicago Bulls by its owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Accepting the offer, he once again, worked professionally in basketball as a General Manager in 1985.

During his regime at Chicago Bulls, he made a number of moves making a strong foundation of the team to make it dominant over the period of time in the 1990s. He even managed the successful NBA stars including Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson.

Jerry Krause did not just make good moves in choosing the players but he did choose a number of underperformers going against the expectations of his team. After the first retirement of Michael Jordan in 1993, the Chicago Bulls had to undergo loss.

But as he came back in 1995, the team took the form with the victory. Jerry Krause retired as a GM from Chicago Bulls in 2003. But, after the retirement from basketball, he again joined in being a scout for New York Yankees baseball team, New York Mets and also at Chicago White Sox. He served as a scout till his death on March 21, 2017.

Personal Life

Jerry Krause is reported to have a successful married life. He was married to his wife Thelma Krause. His wife Thelma was previously married and had two children named David and Stacy, whom Jerry gave his love as a father.

Other than Thelma, there is no any known affair or girlfriends of Jerry. He was the grandfather of four grandchildren, Colette, Josh, Mia, and Riley.

As he grew old, he started battling the health issues. He was diagnosed with osteomyelitis. It is a disease related to bones and even the doctors could not treat it successfully. He also went through two heart surgeries, a prostate surgery and had sleep apnea, trouble to sleep.

His wife Thelma and his stepchildren and their family were supportive of him till his last breath. Jerry Krause died at the age of 77. The internet is full of obituaries on the demise of legendary scout Jerry Krause.

Net Worth

Jerry Krause had served as the scout of basketball and baseball. The current salary for a scout is $65,000 per year and $28,360 per year respectively. It must be likewise in those days as well.

Besides, he also served as the manager of the NBA champions Chicago Bulls from 1985 till 2003 and he must have earned a lot of money during that tenure. Jerry Krause is indeed a millionaire, however, his estimated net worth or his property is not disclosed in any media by any means whatsoever.