Premier League Billionaires
and Football Club Owners
Many of us are lovers of the most popular sport in the world. Yes, we're talking about football here. Many of us have a club they are cheering for and certainly a player too. They are also the ones who enjoy this sport so intensively that they create their own teams through various applications such as football managers. Today we will show you the people who really stand behind the real football clubs.
One of the first was a Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, who started a new wave of overseas billionaires buying football clubs in England when in 2003 he bought Chelsea FC from Ken Bates.
Since then, the clubs in this top division of English football have become attractive opportunities for wealthy investors, and they, together with entrepreneurs from around the world, are trying to grab a piece of cake in the Premier League. There are currently 12 billionaires behind the English Premier League football clubs, who have been listed according to their net assets, according to a survey by Forbes and The Sunday Times.Introducing Premier League's wealthiest billionaires, organized in ascending order.
Owner of Newcastle United - Mike Ashley
Ashley borrowed $ 12,000 from his family to open his first sports shop in 1982. Today it owns Sports Direct, UK's largest retailer of sporting goods, with more than 400 stores across the country. It also owns the Jack Wills clothing line, the House of Fraserretail chain, and the GAME video game network.
Crystal Palace owner - Joshua Harris
As an orthodontist's son, Harris began in the world of investment banking in the 1980s. Subsequently, in 1990, he founded, together with Leon Black and Marc Rowan, the private equity company Apollo.In addition to controlling Apollo, Harris holds stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils basketball teams. It also owns 18% Crystal Palace, as well as David Blitzer and Steve Parish.
The owners of Manchester United - the Glazer family
It was Malcolm Glazer, who took over the management of Manchester United for $ 1.47 billion in 2003-2005. He has invested his wealth in real estate, banking and healthcare to gradually buy shares in Manchester United shareholders. Since his father's death in 2014, his sons Avram and Joel Glazer became co-chairmen of the club.
Owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers - Guo Guangchang
Guo Guangchang is the founder and chairman of the Chinese international conglomerate and investment company Fosun International, whose portfolio includes virtually everything from real estate to the pharmaceutical industry. Guangchang is known to donate millions of dollars to charity and is described as "Chinese Warren Buffet“.
Arsenal FC owner - Stan Kroenke
In 1974, Kroenke married Ann Walton, heir to the Walmart chain, and shortly thereafter set up a real estate development company that built most of its properties near Walmart stores. In the late 1990s, Kroenke invested in sports, buying his first franchise - the basketball club Denver Nuggets, and currently owns, among other things, the NHL Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Rapids and LA Rams.
Owner of Manchester City - Sheikh Mansour
Sheikh Mansour is a member of the wealthy royal Al Nahany family in Abu Dhabi and is also Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.In addition to the vast amount of money that Mansour has inherited, he also owns shares in Virgin Galactic and Sky News Arabia and owns several football clubs around the world, including Melbourne City, New York City and of course Manchester City.