Richest Premier League owners from the Glazers at Manchester United to Roman Abramovich at Chelsea and how they compare to other sporting billionaires December 11, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Whichever way you paint it, the Premier League is a rich man’s game.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected clubs far and wide, but that didn’t stop top-fight teams splashing out a total of £1BILLION in the most recent transfer window.
The interest the beautiful game generates is quite something else, and in terms of the Premier League there are many billionaire owners – including some of the richest people in the world.
But where do the owners of top flight clubs in England rank up against other sports owners? Check out for yourselves below…
20. Burnley – Mike Garlick (£62m)
Garlick became sole chairman of the club in 2015 when co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz stepped down.
He is the found and CEO of Michael Bailey Associates, a project management and consultancy company.
19. Sheffield United – Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ed (£198m)
Prince Abdullah is another Saudi Arabian but with nowhere near the wealth of the new Newcastle owners.
He won a High Court battle with Kevin McCabe over the ownership of the Blades. McCabe had to sell his stake to Price Abdullah for £5m following a ruling last year.
He is the son of Prince Musa’id bin Abdulaziz Al Said and set up a paper manufacturing company in 1989.
18. Leeds – Andrea Radrizzani (£450m)
Italian businessman Radrizzani purchased an initial 50 percent stake of Leeds United in January 2017, before taking full control from previous owner Massimo Cellino four months later.
Radrizzani made a great amount of his wealth with his investment firm Aser Ventures, which he launched in 2015.
The 46-year-old also has a big interest in the existing sports, media and entertainment industry, most notably through international sports broadcaster Eleven Sports
17. Brighton – Tony Bloom (£1.3bn)
Bloom became chairman of the Seagulls in 2009 and in that time he has overseen their rise from League One to the Premier League.
He is thought to have acquired most of his wealth from online gambling and gaming websites.
Bloom also finished fourth at the World Series of Poker in 2005.
16. West Ham – David Sullivan and David Gold (£1.56bn)
Sullivan made his fortune in the pornography industry and he previously owned the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport.
Gold owns Gold Group International, the parent company of Ann Summers and he previously co-owned adult magazine company Gold Star Publications with his brother.
Gold and Sullivan acquired a 50 per cent share in West Ham in January 2010 and then purchased a further 10 per cent a few months later.
15. Everton – Farhad Moshiri (£1.9bn)
Moshiri was previously involved at Arsenal but sold his stake in the club to complete a takeover of Everton, which was officially confirmed in February 2016.
He owns and has shares in multiple steel and energy companies in the UK and Russia.
14. West Bromwich Albion – Lai Guochuan (£2.2bn)
Lai Guochuan has been West Bromwich Albion’s owner since 2016, when he completed a takeover worth a reported £200m.
The Chinese billionaire businessman and investor has previously worked in the landscape development and construction industries.
He gained the majority of his wealth through Palm Eco-Town Development Company, nurturing them into China’s largest landscape development and construction firm during his two-decade long stewardship.
13. Liverpool – John Henry (£2.35bn)
Henry’s company Fenway Sports Group bought Liverpool in 2010 and he also owns the Boston Red Sox.
The American founded John W. Henry & Company, an investment management company.
12. Newcastle – Mike Ashley (£2.66bn)
Ashley remains in charge at Newcastle United, after takeover talk regarding a change of ownership dramatically collapsed over the summer.
The British businessman is one of the longer-serving owners in the Premier League, having purchased the Magpies back in 2007.
Ashley made the majority of his small fortune through his company Sports Direct.
11. Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£3bn)
The 34-year-old, known as Top, became CEO and chairman of King Power and the chairman of Leicester when his father died in a helicopter crash outside the club’s stadium in 2018.
10. Southampton – Gao Jisheng (£3.1bn)
Jisheng became the Saints’ majority owner in 2017 when he completed a £210m deal.
He was the founder of Lander Sports Development until last year when he sold enough shares to lose control of the real-estate company.
9. Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£3.6bn)
Harris owns an 18 per cent stake in Palace as well as being the principal shareholder of the NHL team the New Jersey Devils and NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.
He co-founded Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s largest investment firms.
9. Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.6bn)
Malcolm Glazer gradually bought shares of the club between 2003 and 2005 to complete his takeover.
He made his fortune in property, banking and healthcare before his death in 2014. His sons, Avram and Joel, have since stepped up as co-chairmen.
9. Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.6bn)
English National Investment Company, which Lewis owns 70.6 per cent, bought a controlling stake in Tottenham in 2001 from Alan Sugar.
He is the main investor in Tavistock Group, which owns more than 200 companies ranging from sports teams, energy companies, restaurants and luxury properties.
6. Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£5bn)
Guangchang completed his takeover of the club in 2016 and has made a serious investment in the team.
He is chairman of the Fosun Group and has invested in insurance, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, property, steel, mining, retail, services and finance.
5. Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.5bn)
Sawiris replaced Tony Xia as Villa owner in July 2018 when he bought a 55 per cent controlling stake in the club.
He is from one of Egypt’s wealthiest families and owns numerous construction, engineering and building companies.
4. Fulham – Shahid Khan (£5.8bn)
Khan has a strong background in American sports, and has been the owner of NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars since 2012, completing his Fulham takeover the following year.
He and his son, Fulham director Tony Khan, are also heavily involved in All Elite Wrestling.
3. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.8bn)
Kroenke married Walmart heiress Ann Walton in 1974 and later founded Kroenke Group in 1983, which is a property development firm.
He first became involved in Arsenal in 2007 before assuming majority control in 2011.
Kroenke also owns the LA Rams NFL team, which he relocated from St Louis in 2016.
2. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£8.5bn)
Abramovich purchased Chelsea for £140m in 2003 and oversaw a huge investment in the squad that has brought great success to the club.
He sold his stake in the Russian gas company Gazprom in 2005 and owns stakes in steel and nickel companies among his other business ventures.
1. Man City – Sheikh Mansour (£23.3bn)
Mansour is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and half brother of current UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan.
He is chairman of International Petroleum Investment Company and also has a stake in Virgin Galactic.
He also owns the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation.
Mansour completed a takeover of the club in 2008 and has poured huge investment into the club.
Since he became the Man City owner they have won four Premier League titles.
Forbes’ billionaire sport rich list
The Premier League is very well represented, according to the business magazine
- Sheikh Mansour (Estimated net worth: $30.5billion) – PL owner
- Roman Abramovich (Estimated net worth: $12.8billion) – PL owner
- Jerry Jones (Estimated net worth: $8.4billion)
- Stan Kroenke (Estimated net worth: $8.3billion) – PL owner
- Shahid Khan (Estimated net worth $7.8billion) – PL owner
- Nassef Sawiris (Estimated net worth $7.4billion) – PL owner
- Guo Guangchang (Estimated net worth $6.7billion) – PL owner
- Robert Kraft (Estimated net worth: $6.6billion)
- Arthur Blank (Estimated net worth: $6.3billion)
- Joe Lewis (Estimated net worth: $4.9billion) – PL owner
- Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (Estimated net worth: $4billion) – PL owner
- Joshua Harris (Estimated net worth: $4.8billion) – PL owner
- Stephen Bisciotti (Estimated net worth: $4.3billion)
- Janice McNair (Estimated net worth: $3.9billion)
- Mike Ashley (Estimated net worth: $3.8billion) – PL owner
- Arturo Moreno (Estimated net worth: $3.4billion)
- Bernie Ecclestone (Estimated net worth: $3.3billion)
- Gayle Benson (Estimated net worth: $3.3billion)
- Denise York (Estimated net worth: $3.2billion)
- James Isray (Estimated net worth: $3billion)