With football, it is possible to become a millionaire as long as you start out with a billionaire, said Guy Roux. Either way, these ten extremely wealthy businessmen have decided to invest part of their fortune in a football club.
Today it has become almost normal to see transfers made at unimaginable amounts or exorbitant incomes like Neymar’s, Ronaldo & Haaland which have become monetized marketing objects. Also, TV rights for obtaining and broadcasting championships and other competitions have become an area where the sums sometimes reach colossal sums. Here are the top 10 richest football club owners in the world.
10. Robert Kraft (New England Revolution) with $ 6 billion
Kraft Group CEO Robert Kraft is the owner of the MLS New England Revolution and also owned the San Jose Earthquakes. The American billionaire, whose business interests lie in sports, manufacturing and real estate, also owns the NFL team, the New England Patriots.
Kraft was among those who considered making a bid to control Liverpool, the Premier League team in the mid-2000s, and still see the English Premier League as an attractive investment prospect.
9. Zhan Jindang (Inter Milan) with $ 7.6 billion
Zhan Jindang is a Chinese businessman whose fortune is estimated at 7.6 billion euros. He bought Inter Milan in 2016 and put the club back in the spotlight in Italy.
8. Sheikh al-Thani (PSG) with 8 billion dollars
The owner of PSG is also the Emir of Qatar. He delegates the presidency of the club to Nasser al-Khelaïfi, businessman and Qatari politician. His fortune is estimated at 8 billion dollars. A financial power that is felt perfectly at PSG, able to secure the signing of stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kylian Mbappe or even Neymar and Lionel Messi.
7. Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) with 9 billion dollars Stanley Kroenke is an American businessman with a fortune of 9 billion euros. In addition to owning Arsenal, he owns the Los Angeles Rams National Football League (NFL).
A fortune that does not prevent the English club from having difficulties in the league despite its historic team status in the world of football.
6. Philip Anschutz (Los Angeles Galaxy) with $ 10 billion
Philip Anschutz ranks 6th on the list, his global fortune with 10 billion euros. He owns the Los Angeles Galaxy franchise.
5. Roman Abramovich (Chelsea FC) with $ 12.4 billion
The Russian businessman bought Chelsea FC in 2003. With a fortune estimated at 12.4 billion euros, Roman Abramovich apparently gotten back his money and the Blues are one of the most spending clubs in the world.
4. Dietmar Hopp Hoffenheim with $ 13 billion
The German billionaire is the owner of German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim. Although the club are not one of the best teams in the German league, Hopp is an accomplished businessman with an estimated net worth of US $ 13 billion in 2021, making him the fourth richest club owner in European football today.
3. Andrea Agnelli (Juventus) with $ 13.5 billion
Andrea Agnelli is part of the Agnelli family, one of the richest in Italy whose fortune is estimated at 13.5 billion euros. The Agnellis have owned Juventus since 1923.
2. Dieter Mateschitz (New York Red Bulls) with $ 19.4 billion
Dieter Mateschitz is the co-founder of Red Bull and a sports enthusiast. In Formula 1, he owns the Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso teams. In the world of football, no less than 3 clubs bear the name of Red Bulls: Red Bull Salzburg, Leipzig and the MLS franchise, the New York Red Bulls. A championship which manages to attract the stars.
1. Cheikh Mansour (Manchester City) with $ 20 billion
Sheikh Mansour is a Royal Emirati who is Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Presidential Affairs and a member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family. He has a fortune estimated at 20 billion euros which has enabled him to make Manchester City one of the biggest clubs in Europe in recent years.