Ben was introduced in the episode "Oriole" as the billionaire boyfriend of Amanda Woodward. He was born in Buffalo, bartended his way through Stanford, started his own software company, and then purchased an NBA team to make his billions. He was a kid at heart, not wanting to settle down and get married or have children.
Ben covered for Ella Simms upon first meeting her after she made a snide remark about Amanda and later hired Riley Richmond for a job with his company. One night, they kissed, possibly influencing Ben's decision to break up with Amanda.