Ellis Short is an American born Irish and the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Kildare Partners, a private equity firm. With a net worth of $1.37 billion, he is currently the 10th wealthiest person in Ireland. Ellis also owns English Premier League team Sunderland A.F.C. and Skibo Castle in Scotland (an exclusive resort also known as the Carnegie Club).
He began his career at General Electric before working for Lone Star Funds for 13 years. Short then left and established his own firm Kitano Capital LLC, an asset management firm based in Dallas. Short’s rise to the top ran into a short hiccup while he was working for Lone Star Funds when an arrest warrant was issued against him by the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea on allegations of interfering with stock prices.
He denied the charges that were later dropped. Besides his vast wealth, Short is also known for his philanthropy; with Sunderland A.F.C. being the main beneficiary. As such, when he first took over the reins at the club he chose to write off the club’s £48 million debt and in return he became the club’s majority shareholder thus effectively solidifying the club’s financial position.
In addition, he has sponsored some of the young boys in the club’s academy to study in institutions of higher learning in the United States as a reward for their services to the club. In fact, it is even rumored that he once left a tip of £1,800 for a curry he had when he and other club supporters visited a local restaurant to celebrate one of Sunderland’s wins. Ellis is married to Eve Short (née Zimmerman) though not much else is known about them on a personal level as the couple has managed to stay out of the limelight.