The fabulously rich have recently taken their hobbies to new levels often splurging enormous amount of cash to claim a stake at some of the biggest football clubs in the world. They do in real life what blokes like us normally do, in a career mode , while playing the latest edition of the FIFA series.
They break the bank to get players of their choices. This has gotten many fans debating and protesting against the unfair financial advantages the billionaire-owned clubs get.
Carlos Slim, the richest football club owner in the world is the owner of 3 football clubs
A financial play regulations hopes to break the trend and set the playing field more even; allowing clubs to only spend as much as they earn. But for now they have it their way and here we take a look at some of the richest football club owners in the world. Do note that the owners of Manchester City and PSG have not been included because the list comprises only of personal wealth.
10. JOHN FREDRIKSEN, NET WORTH : $ 11 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - VALERENGA
Fredriksen, the Norwegian born shipping tycoon is the owner of Norway’s Valerenga. Since the Norwegian league isn’t widely viewed as the other leagues in the world, he hasn’t had his fair share of limelight.
A high-school dropout, the billionaire isn’t one to invest extravagantly into his club and Valerenga hasn’t won the league since 2005. Money doesn’t seem to motivate this man as he had turned down a 180 million dollar offer for his home in Chelsea from billionaire Roman Abramovic.
9. ROMAN ABRAMOVICH, NET WORTH : $14.6 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB
At no 9, we have Russian businessman who also happens to be the owner of investment company Millhouse LLC, Roman Abramovich, the owner of CHELSEA Football club. Widely renowned for his activity of changing managers like Jay-Z changing clothes, Chelsea has achieved 3 league titles, 4 FA cups, 2 league cups,1 champions league cup and a Europa league cup since his arrival.
Since his takeover in 2003, he has spent ludicrous amount of money on purchasing players. Roman Abramovich was a pioneer in buying his way to trophies spending at least 50 million on every transfer window.
8. PAUL ALLEN, NET WORTH : $ 15 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Coming in at no 8 is the American born, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, Paul Allen. The Seattle Sounders owner has seen his team become a MLS franchise in 2009 after establishing it in 2007.
Sounders has set a record for the most attendants and most season ticket holders in the league. Paul Allen has yet to purchase high profile footballers during his time, with the MLS not being a very attractive option for burgeoning footballers to partake in.
7. FRANCOIS PINAULT, NET WORTH : $15.1 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - STADE RENNAIS
We have French businessman and art collector Francois Pinault coming in at no 7. The Stade Rennais owner has been at the helm since 1998. Pinault hasn’t been a fan favorite with fans often questioning his reluctance to invest in the club.
Stade Rennais‘s inability to win a Ligue 1 title has provided supporters with nothing to shout about. Although Pinault firmly puts stability of the club his topmost priority, fans are often confused with the motives behind Pinault’s purchase of the club.
6. RINAT AKHMETOV, NET WORTH : $15.4 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - SHAKHTAR DONETSK
Rinat Akhmetov, a businessman, oligarch and the richest man in Ukraine has perfectly implemented his business philosophies in his club, Shaktar Donetsk. The highly successful club has won 9 domestic titles and 8 league titles since his reign.
He has made Shakhtar a highly profitable club by purchasing young Brazilian talents and selling them for huge fees. They sold current Chelsea player Willian to Anzhi for 34 million euros while only purchasing him for 14 million and Manchester City’s Fernandinho for 34 million pounds, a player they had purchased for 7 million pounds.
5. LAKSHMI MITTAL, NET WORTH : $16 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - QPR
Mittal, the ridiculously rich owner of QPR has 34% shares in QPR. The steel magnet is notorious for not investing in the club with many supporters initially expecting the Manchester City wave in QPR. QPR has since been relegated from the Premier league following their disastrous campaign last season and are currently vying for a championship promotion to get them back to the league of the big guns.
4. ALISHER USMANOV, NET WORTH : $18.6 BILLION, CLUB OWNED -ARSENAL
Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek born Russian business magnate is the owner of Arsenal FC. He holds a 15% stake in the club making him one of the minority shareholders in the club, thus not proving to be too instrumental in Arsenal’s transfer policy.
Usmanov has been pretty vocal in the news front ,heavily criticising majority owner Stan Kroenke for not being ambitious enough, following the transfer of Arsenal’s talisman Robin Van Persie‘s to one of their main rivals Manchester United.
3. GEORGE SOROS, NET WORTH : $ 23 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - MANCHESTER UNITED
George Soros, the Hungarian born billionaire investor, widely known for breaking the bank of England acquired 2% share in Manchester United back in 2009. It has been reported that the share has increased to 7.8%. Although he is the richest shareholder in Manchester United, he hasn’t quite injected Manchester City led Sheik-esque money to the club. The man also has part ownership in DC United and MLB side Washington nationals.
2. AMANCIO ORTEGA, NET WORTH : $62 BILLION, CLUB OWNED - DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA
The Deportivo La Coruna owner, Amancio Ortega, probably has enough money to put several countries’ GDP to shame. The owner of ZARA, Spanish born Amancio supports his team regularly, often visiting the stadium. He delayed his daughter‘s wedding by an hour because of a match between Deportivo and Barcelona B.
He was also unfortunate enough to see Deportivo relegated. With such enthusiasm and love for the club, it is hard to understand the reason behind the lack of transfer activity from Deportivo in the market.
1 .CARLOS SLIM HELU, NET WORTH : $73 BILLION, CLUBS OWNED - CLUB PACHUCA, CLUB LEON, REAL OVIEDO
At our coveted no 1 spot, we have Carlos Slim, a Mexican business magnate who is unsurprisingly the 2nd richest person in the world. He has amassed a fortune worth 73 million largely because of America Movil, one of Latin America’s largest phone carrier.
His company America Movil acquired 30% shares in Grupo Pachuca which also happened to have holdings in Mexican Football Clubs Pachuca and Leon. With shares in Spanish club Real Oviedo; he has the distinct honour of being the owner of 3 football clubs.