Thursday, 13 October 2016


The Men Whose Money Makes English Football Clubs Go Round With Their Worth:

Premier League Football Club Owners

Owning a Premier League football club is a dream of most brokers but there are a select few who have the cash to make it a reality.
English top-flight sides are run by a variety of nationalities, their wealth comes from diverse industries but they all have one thing in common - very healthy bank accounts

Owners: Kroenke Sports Enterprises UK Inc (owned by Stan Kroenke) - 67.05%;   Red and White Securities (owned by Alisher Usmanov via Red and White Holdings Ltd) - 30.04%;    Others - 2.91%.

Stan Kroenke has held the majority shareholding in Arsenal's parent company, Arsenal Holdings, since 2011.
The American, who also owns NFL franchise LA Rams, NHL outfit Colorado Avalanche and MLS side Colorado Rapids, is the 55th richest American.
Notoriously camera-shy, he added a further £368,000 of Arsenal shares to his portfolio in July, taking him to a two0thirds holding in the club.
Arsenal Football Club Largest Shareholder Owner Stan Kroenke

Usmanov is a stakeholder in Russian iron ore giant Metalloinvest, a communications magnate, an early Facebook investor and a self-made billionaire worth an eye-popping $13.6bn.
The 63-year-old donated $13m to the Russian Football Federation in 2015 to help pay off former manager Fabio Capello.

Owner: Fordstam Ltd (Roman Abramovich is the ultimate controlling party of Chelsea's holding company)
Among the most notorious of Premier League owners, Abramovich's reign at Stamford Bridge began in 2003.
An orphan at the age of two, at 49 the Russian is among the world's wealthiest individuals having moved from toy manufacturing into the deep and murky world of oil.

He was elected to public office, representing the isolated Siberian area of Chukotka in 1999 and returned for a second term in 2005.
Through holding company Fordstam, Abramovich has given Chelsea interest-free loans topping £1billion over the past 16 years. 

Owners: Fenway Sports Group (through NESV I, LLC) - shareholders with an interest larger than 10% are John W Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon.
The American investment group took control of Liverpool from Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2010 and have steadily reinvigorated Anfield.

The owners of the Boston Red Sox, described by Forbes as 'the most sophisticated, synergistic player' in global sports management companies, have recently had to deny they are ready to listen to offers for the club.

Henry, worth more than £2bn - bought the Boston Globe newspaper for $70m in 2013, while partner-in-crime Werner - who has a personal wealth of £400m - is a former TV producer and screenwriter, and one-time personal adviser to President Bill Clinton.
John-W-Henry (left) and Werner at a stand in a Liverpool game.

Owner: City Football Group Limited (shareholding of the parent company is split between Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - 86.21% - and CMC Football Holdings Limited - 13.79%)

The deputy prime minister of the UAE has turned City into a footballing behemoth since taking charge at the Etihad Stadium in 2008.

At 46 years old, Mansour has a personal wealth of more than £20bn and significant stakes in Virgin Galactic, Daimler and Sky Arabia.
Last year, Mansour sold a 13 per cent stake in City to Chinese investors CMC Football Holdings, led by media mogul Ruigang Li, for £265m - the same sum he paid for the entire club eight years ago. 

Owner: Red Football LLC (owned by the Glazer family). United are registered on the New York Stock Exchange

Notoriously thrifty to the extent he bought $20 trousers despite being able to call on a fortune of $4.5bn, Malcolm Glazer took charge of United in 2005 despite having been rumoured never to have ventured inside Old Trafford.

Having first tested sports brand ownership in 1995, when he bought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Floridian family have never truly won over the rank and file at the Theatre of Dreams.

That largely came as a result of the nature of the takeover - forged out of high-interest loans to hedge funds - and incendiary dividend payments to his sons on the club's board.

Joel and Avram Glazer took on the running of the club following their father's stroke in 2006 though each of the six siblings hold an equal 15 per cent stake in the Red Devils, with 10 per cent floated on the New York Stock Exchange. 

Owners: ENIC International Ltd via ENIC Sports Inc - 85.55%; Others - 14.55%. ENIC International is based in the Bahamas. Joe Lewis owns 70.6% of ENIC, with trusts benefiting chairman Daniel Levy controlling the remaining 29.4% shareholding.

Born above a pub in the East End of London, Lewis now lives in the Caribbean, boasts a personal wealth of $5.4bn, owns a 300-yacht yacht and counts Tiger Woods among his business partners.
The 79-year-old helped his family establish a catering business in the English capital before turning to currency trading. In 1992, he teamed up with currency speculators to cash in on Black Wednesday before investing in a wide range of projects, including pubs, bars, hotels and themed restaurants such as Planet Hollywood.

He was reported to have taken a £500m hit following the collapse of Bear Stearns during the financial crisis of 2008. 



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