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Timothy Christopher Mara: All about Kate & Rooney Mara’s Father

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jul 14, 2022
04:15 A.M.
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Despite pulling the reins of one of the most spectacular NFL teams, New York Giants' vice president, Timothy Christopher Mara, has remained notoriously private and only attained celebrity status as Kate and Rooney's father. Here are fun facts about the business magnate.

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Timothy Christopher Mara is the father of two Hollywood mavens, Kate and Rooney. However, he wears more than one hat and is from a wealthy background—his grandfather founded the New York Giants.

Over the years, the family created substantial wealth zealously and passed it down from one generation to another. Today, the Mara sisters are known to be part of those who will inherit this wealth.

Rooney Mara and Kate Mara arrive at the Animal Equality Inspiring Global Action Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Rooney Mara and Kate Mara arrive at the Animal Equality Inspiring Global Action Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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While they may not share the same profession, the girls exhibit a similar passion for success. They are both actresses with enviable resumés, including their works in films and TV series.

Despite being influential in society, the Mara family is notably private. However, tidbits about them are enough to answer some lingering questions from fans— what do we know about Timothy Christopher Mara?

Rooney Mara, Edward Lachman, and Timothy Christopher Mara attend the reception for the premiere of "Carol" on October 9, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Rooney Mara, Edward Lachman, and Timothy Christopher Mara attend the reception for the premiere of "Carol" on October 9, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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WHO IS TIMOTHY CHRISTOPHER MARA?

Timothy was born into an iconic family. His grandfather, Tim Mara Sr., founded the New York Giants in 1925 after the President of the NFL, Joseph Carr, selected him to form a professional team for the city.

During this time, professional football did not have the recognition it has today, and Tim purchased New York's NFL franchise for $500.

He got the New York Giants on the map by playing against other countrywide teams. Eventually, he began merging and buying other NFL teams. Following his death in 1959, his sons carried on the legacy, and the franchise stayed in the family until 1991.

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Cinematographer Edward Lachman (L) and Timothy Christopher Mara attend the reception for the premiere of "Carol" on October 9, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Cinematographer Edward Lachman (L) and Timothy Christopher Mara attend the reception for the premiere of "Carol" on October 9, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Timothy's mom, Ann Maria Teresa Mara, was also an entrepreneur and possessed the same cunning as her husband, Wellington Mara. Despite running a large family with eleven kids, she played a supportive role in the team.

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Years after her husband's death in 2005, Ann continued to fulfill her duties as a vital board member. She followed the team's matches and expressed disappointment whenever they performed poorly. Apart from being intensely involved in the business, she was a notable philanthropist who loved to help the younger generation.

Kathleen Mara and Chris Mara attend the after party for "Transsiberian" at Soho Grand Hotel on July 8, 2008, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Kathleen Mara and Chris Mara attend the after party for "Transsiberian" at Soho Grand Hotel on July 8, 2008, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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The Mara matriarch funded educational organizations and supported children living with cancer through the e Ronald McDonald House of New York. Sadly, in 2015, during an ice storm, she accidentally slipped at the entrance of her home in Rye, New York.

She sustained a head injury and never recovered from it—there were complications, and eventually, she died. Ann and Wellington raised great minds and kids who tapped into their vision. Their son, Timothy, was a former NFL player who is now serving as the vice president of the Giants.

Timothy studied at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York. During his high school years, he was a competent player who played defensive back for three years and won the All-Catholic High School Athletic Association recognition as a senior.

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Chris Mara and Kathleen Mara attend CLUB MONACO PRESENTS: CASHMERE and COCKTAILS with KATE MARA at Club Monaco 57th St. on December 19, 2007 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Chris Mara and Kathleen Mara attend CLUB MONACO PRESENTS: CASHMERE and COCKTAILS with KATE MARA at Club Monaco 57th St. on December 19, 2007 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

As a freshman at Springfield College, he was a defensive back, and later he switched to Boston University to pursue a degree in arts and sciences.

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It did not make him forget his football roots. While on summer breaks, Timothy spent time at the Giants' training camps. He also worked with broadcasting networks, including TV and home radio. Timothy, who has worked with the team for years, including as the senior vice president, is now a senior personnel consultant.

His name was erased from the player personnel section of the team's website and listed under the team's ownership. It comes after allegations of nepotism in the organization that stemmed from Joe Schoen's apportionment as general manager.

Dan Mara, Mairin Mara, Kate Mara, Kathleen Mara and Chris Mara attend the after party for "Transsiberian" at Soho Grand Hotel on July 8, 2008, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Dan Mara, Mairin Mara, Kate Mara, Kathleen Mara and Chris Mara attend the after party for "Transsiberian" at Soho Grand Hotel on July 8, 2008, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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TIMOTHY CHRISTOPHER MARA HAS AN EXTREMELY PRIVATE FAMILY

Despite their fortune, Timothy raised his kids to enjoy a typical childhood. They lived in a small town in Westchester County, with about 20,000 people. Also, Kate and Rooney attended public schools.

The family's religious beliefs were structured after the Catholic belief system. Although it is not certain whether the girls still uphold such religious beliefs, despite their celebrity status, they have lived intentionally without getting smeared by controversies or scandals.

 Actresses Rooney Mara and Kate Mara attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actresses Rooney Mara and Kate Mara attend the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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TIMOTHY CHRISTOPHER MARA'S WIFE ALSO CAME FROM MONEY

Kate and Rooney's family reportedly hold a net worth of $ 3 billion! This was not derived from their father's fortune alone. Timothy is married to Kathleen Mara, a woman from a wealthy background, with whom he shares his daughters and two sons.

Like her husband's fortune, Kathleen inherited her predecessors' gains from their hard work. The groundwork was laid by Arthur Joseph Rooney Sr., a former minor league baseball player who invested $2,500 to create an NFL team in Pittsburgh in 1933.

The football team first adopted the name Pittsburgh Pirates, but in 1941, when Rooney became the President, it changed to Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Philanthropist Kathleen Rooney Mara and her daughter actress Rooney Mara attend the Social Innovation Summit on May 30, 2013, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Philanthropist Kathleen Rooney Mara and her daughter actress Rooney Mara attend the Social Innovation Summit on May 30, 2013, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Amid her inheritance, Kathleen worked as a part-time real estate agent and has dedicated most of her time to charitable deeds, which her daughters inherited.

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Kate and Rooney have actively supported different philanthropic schemes— the older Mara is a dedicated animal rights activist, while Rooney runs a foundation that helps the less privileged in Kenya.

This is not the only thing their mother passed on to them. Kathleen motivated her kids to become onscreen goddesses. She watched Broadway shows and classic films with the girls.

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A GAME SUNDAY IN THE MARA HOME

Timothy, his wife, and their extended families are beneficiaries of two different NFL teams. According to their daughter, Kate, game Sunday in their household is often stressful. The actress told Ellen DeGeneres that it sometimes gets complicated and that everyone is happy when both teams win. She added:

"But it's sometimes really amazing… Someone is most likely going to win, right?"

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