A little over a day ago, Newcastle was bought from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which gave the Premier League club the richest owners in the world of football. So expectations for the Magpies skyrocketed, especially since the club's new director, Amanda Stavley, said the club wanted to win the England title.
With the £ 300m deal now a reality, Newcastle is now owned by a consortium chaired by Saudi Arabia's Prince Yasser Al-Rumayan. Thus, the map with the owners of clubs in the Premier League has increased.
Apart from royalty, there are all sorts of other colorful individuals. Starting with bookmaker owners, going through TV cookbooks and reaching out to people associated with adult movies. What they have in common is that they own millions, and in many cases billions, of pounds.
So let's see who are the owners of the other 19 clubs in the English football elite.
Chelsea - Roman Abramovich (Russia / Israel)
The Russian oligarch is among the most famous owners of football clubs in the world. Abramovich, 54, also has Israeli citizenship, and in addition to being a businessman, he is also a former politician and is the greatest philanthropist in Russia's recent history. He bought Chelsea in 2003, and the club has won 18 major trophies since then. Abramovich's fortune is estimated at 10.66 billion pounds.
Liverpool - John Henry and Tom Werner (USA)
American businessmen John Henry and Tom Werner are part of the Fenway Sports Group, which also owns the famous Boston Red Sox baseball team. They took power in Liverpool in late 2010 from other Americans - Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr.
Hicks and Gillette were hated by Merseyside fans, mainly because they failed to build a new stadium. Led by Henry and Werner, Liverpool won their first English title after a 30-year drought in the 2019/2020 season.
Man City - Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan (UAE)
Sheikh Mansour is also a well-known name among football fans. He is the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of the royal family.
Sheikh Mansour owns approximately 16.2 billion pounds, and his ownership of Abu Dhabi United Group led him to buy Manchester City in 2008. In addition to the "citizens", he owns several other European clubs, including the French Troyes. and the Spanish Girona.
Man United - Glaser Family (USA)
After rejecting an offer to buy from Rupert Murdoch's BskyB in 1998, the American Glaser family, which owns the Tampa Bay Buckners American football team, became 98% of the Red Devils in 2005.
The purchase was largely financed by loans, which plunged the club into debt and caused outrage among fans. Man United supporters have even formed the band Love United Hate Glazer, and their chants can be heard in almost every Red Devil household.
Tottenham - Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy (England)
Lewis, 84, owns about 4.33 billion pounds and is the main investor in the Tavistock group, which owns 200 companies in 15 countries. Levy has been chairman and co-owner of Tottenham since 2001, making him the longest-serving president in the Premier League. He tried to buy shares in the club twice from former owner Alan Sugar, but both offers were unsuccessful until he joined the board.
Both British people have a stake in the holding company ENIC International, which is based in the Bahamas and owns about 85% of the "spurs".
Arsenal - Stan Kronke (USA)
Stan Kronke has owned shares in Arsenal since 2007. He increased his ownership of the Gunners in August 2018 in a £ 600m deal, after which he now holds more than 90% of the club's shares.
The US billionaire (£ 6.03 billion) is married to Walmart heiress Anne Walton and has her own real estate group, which has built apartment blocks and shopping malls around Walmart supermarkets.
In addition, Kronke owns many American football and basketball teams.
Everton - Farhad Moshiri (Iran) and Ben Kenwright (England)
Moshiri, 66, is a British-Iranian billionaire based in Monaco and chairman of a Russian company specializing in metals, mining and telecommunications. He owned shares in Arsenal, but sold them in 2016 to make an offer to buy Everton.
He currently owns 77% of the club, while Liverpool-born West End chairman and theater producer Bill Kenwright has a smaller stake than Everton's controlling stake, which he has held on the board since 1989.
Wolverhampton - Guo Guangchang (China)
The Chinese holding company Fosun International, chaired by Guo Guangchang, bought the Wolves in July 2016 from previous owner Steve Morgan for about 45 million pounds.
Headquartered in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the holding operates in 16 countries and is valued at around 6.72 billion pounds.
After becoming Chinese property, Wolverhampton performed quite well, returning to the Premier League, finishing seventh and qualifying for the Europa League.
Leicester - Srivadhanaprabha Family (Thailand)
Thai businessman billionaire Vichai Srivadhanaprabha bought Leicester in 2010 and is active in the club as chairman. In July 2011, Leicester Stadium was renamed the King Power Stadium of Vichai's duty-free business empire.
When Leicester won the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, the owner gave the players cars, each worth £ 100,000.
The Thai owner of the "foxes" died in a helicopter crash in October 2018 and was succeeded by his son. Leicester players laid flowers at the stadium the day after the crash, and his funeral lasted eight days.
Brighton - Tony Bloom (England)
The 51-year-old Bloom is a professional poker player and betting on various sports with a long-standing relationship with Brighton, of which he owns just over 75% of the shares. His grandfather was vice-president of the club in the 1970s, while his uncle was still a director.
Bloom has been chairman of the Seagulls since 2009, seeing their promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 34 years in the 2016/2017 season. So far, he has invested £ 93 million in the club, some of which went to the construction of the new home of the American Express Stadium.
Bloom has regularly seen the club in financial difficulties and has invested £ 93 million in his new Falmer Stadium.
Brantford - Matthew Benham (England)
Matthew Benham has been a Brentford fan since he was a child and watched his first game on the team when he was 11 years old. He also owns the Danish club Midtjylland.
Without revealing himself to fans, posing as a "mysterious investor", he supported the club in 2007, when Brentford became the first professional team in London to be owned by its fans.
The millionaire earns his money through online gambling with the two companies "Smartodds" and "Matchbook".
After his complete purchase of Brentford, the team qualified for the Premier League.
West Ham - David Sullivan (Wales), David Gold (England) and Albert Smith (USA)
Sullivan owned the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport until 2007, when he sold them for £ 40 million. According to The Sunday Times, his fortune is 1.2 billion pounds.
Together with his business partner and fellow West Ham owner David Gold, he has worked in the porn industry for several decades. Gold owns the lingerie companies Ann Summers and Knickerbox and was previously chairman of Birmingham. American businessman Albert Smith owns 10% of the club.
Aston Villa - Nasef Saviris (Aston Villa) and Wes Edens (USA)
The 60-year-old Egyptian businessman and owner of 6.76 billion pounds Saviris and the 59-year-old American investor in private capital and owner of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball basketball West Edens bought the club from the previous owner and chairman Tony Xia in July 2018.
They have made a number of major changes, including a new manager, CEO and sports director, along with several new additions. Thus, Aston Villa achieved its longest winning streak in the 2018/2019 season and returned to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace - Steve Parish (England), Joshua Harris (USA) and David Blitzer (USA)
Parish, 56, won the tender to save Crystal Palace from liquidation in 2010 by buying the club for £ 3.5 million from Lloyds Bank. He has since been chairman and co-owner, investing in various aspects of the club.
Parish made his money through computer graphic design companies. American investors Harris and Blitzer each own 18% of the club, and they also hold the American hockey team New Jersey Devils.
Watford - Gino Pozzo (Italy)
Pozzo, 55, is an Italian multimillion-dollar businessman who bought Watford with his father from former owner Lawrence Bassini in June 2012. Although he has very little contact with players, he often goes to Watford's training ground to study performance analysis. of the players.
In recent years, Watford have had some promising results, reaching the FA Cup final in 2019 and reaching the Premier League last season after being relegated to the previous one.
Leeds United - Andrea Radritzani (Italy) and 49ers Enterprises (USA)
Radritzani is an Italian billionaire businessman who also owns a sports broadcasting company called Eleven Sports. His arrival in Leeds in 2017 was met with a shocking resignation from coach Gary Monk.
The Italian has been embroiled in a number of controversies with fans, including one over a potential new club logo, with the postponement postponed.
In 2018, the American company 49ers Enterprises, which represents the business part of the American football team San Francisco Fortininers, bought a stake in Leeds.
Southampton - Gao Zhishen (China), Katarina Liebherr (Switzerland)
Chinese businessman Gishen owns about 2.49 billion pounds and an 80% stake in Southampton. Katarina Liebherr still owns a stake after inheriting the club from her father when he bought it to save it from financial ruin in 2010.
Gishen bought a majority stake in Southampton in 2017, but remained living in China, leaving his daughter and CEO Martin Semmons to run the club.
There were rumors that he wanted to sell the Saints, but his plans were thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Burnley - ALK Capital (USA)
Burnley is owned by the American sports consortium ALK Capital, which has an 84 percent stake in the club. It is run by former Wall Street CEO and sports investor Alan Pace.
The consortium is currently offering the team's fans to give up their 6% stake in the club.
Norwich City - Delia Smith (England), Michael Win-Jones (Wales) and Michael Fugler (England)
TV chef Delia Smith and her husband Michael Win-Jones were invited to invest in Norwich during the club's financial difficulties in 1996. The couple owned a 53% stake in Norwich, with Smith catering to the club until his 70th birthday. day in 2011
The remaining shares are owned by Michael Fugler, director of a Norfolk-based poultry farm with an annual turnover of 100 million pounds.
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