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Oren Koules and Len Barrie are the primary investors in the group that will pay $200-million for the Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 51/2 acres of adjacent land. Koules will be governor, but both say they will run the team in tandem. Richard Lehman and Jordan Zimmerman are minority owners of the Panthers as well, which is allowed by NHL rules. Craig Sher, 55, said he was initially included because of his real estate expertise. Sembler developed projects such as Centro Ybor in Tampa and BayWalk in St. Petersburg. Sher declined to specify the size of his investment or extent of his involvement, saying, "I'll be taking my cues from Oren and Len. They're running the show."
Oren Koules: Koules, 47, co- founder of Twisted Picture and Evolution Entertainment, responsible for the Saw series of movies and the television series Two and a Half Men.
Len Barrie: Barrie, 39, played 184 games in seven NHL seasons. A developer, he is CEO and president of Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mark Burg: Burg, 48, co-founder of Twisted Picture and Evolution Entertainment.
Jordan Zimmerman: Zimmerman, 52, founder and co-chairman of Zimmerman Advertising in Fort Lauderdale.
Irwin Novack: Novack, 61, a Pinellas County resident, is CEO of Kane's Furniture.
Craig Sher: Sher, 55, executive chairman of The Sembler Company of St. Petersburg, a shopping center development and management firm.
Russell Belinsky: Belinsky, 48, senior managing director and co-founder of the Los Angeles investment bank Chanin Capital.
Richard Lehman: Lehman, 53, orthopedic surgeon in St. Louis. He was the Lightning's medical director in 2000-02.