Football's wealthiest owners: Newcastle top and Chelsea's new owners sixth

Chelsea are set to have the sixth wealthiest owner in football as Todd Boehly and his consortium are reportedly worth a combined 10.86 billion pounds.

Boehly, who was at Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea‘s dramatic 2-2 draw with Wolves, has signed an agreement to buy the club from Roman Abramovich for 4.25bn pounds.

But, who are the other richest owners in the world and which clubs do they own?

1. Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund – Newcastle (320bn pounds)

In October 2021, Newcastle United was acquired by a consortium led by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.

It was met with some controversy due to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, and many expect Newcastle to be a much stronger force in the coming years.

2. Qatar Investment Authority – Paris Saint-Germain (220bn pounds)

Paris Saint-Germain became the first state-owned football club in June 2011 when Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani bought 70 percent of the club’s shares through state-run shareholding organisation Qatar Sports Investments.

PSG have won eight Ligue 1 titles during that period, although a first Champions League trophy still eludes them.

3. Sheikh Mansour – Manchester City (21bn pounds)

There’s a relatively big drop in money now as we come to Manchester City who have been owned by Abu Dhabi since majority owner Sheikh Mansour bought the club in 2008.

Mansour‘s family fortune is worth at least one trillion dollars, making him one of the richest owners in football.

City‘s success is aligned with the investment into the club as they won their first Premier League title in 2012, before going on to win it on a further four occasions as well as multiple FA and League Cup trophies.

4. Dietrich Mateschitz – RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg and New York Red Bulls (15.7bn pounds)

A familiar name in Formula 1, Dietrich Mateschitz‘s 49 percent stake in Red Bull has led him to owning RB Leizpig in Germany and RB Salzburg in Austria, helping both teams rise up their respective leagues.

Mateschitz, who was named the 40th richest person in the world in 2019, also owns New York Red Bulls who play in the MLS.

5. Andrea Agnelli – Juventus (14bn)

Andrea Agnelli‘s family bought Juventus back in 1923.

He was appointed chairman of the board of directors in 2010 and is worth 14bn pounds alone.

The 46-year-old is also a board member of car group Stellantis and investment company Exor.

6. Todd Bohley, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss – Chelsea (10.86bn pounds)

Chelsea expect Bohley‘s consortium to complete their takeover by the end of May 2022, making it the most expensive change in ownership in sporting history.

It’s great news for Chelsea fans following numerous sanctions imposed on the Blues and a period of uncertainty.

7. Philip Anschutz – LA Galaxy (8.1bn pounds)

American businessman Philip Anschutz has dipped into many industries, such as oil, entertainment, transport and football.

He is the majority owner at LA Galaxy, buying the club for 26 million dollars in 1998. In 2007, the club made the headlines when they signed David Beckham from Real Madrid.

8. Stan Kroenke – Arsenal (6.8bn pounds)

From being a shareholder in 2007, Stan Kroenke became the majority owner of Arsenal in 2011 and has been since.

Kroenke owns the club through his company Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and has saw the end of the Arsene Wenger era.

9. Zhang Jindong – Inter (6.2bn pounds)

In 2016, Zhang Jindong took over Inter in 2016 when his private firm Suning Holdings bought a 70 percent stake in the Serie A champions for 300 million dollars.

It hasn’t been the most successful period for Inter, although they could become a force once again with a second consecutive Serie A title in 2022.

10. Guo Guangchang – Wolverhampton Wanderers (5.2bn pounds)

Perhaps surprisingly, Wolverhampton Wanderers make the list for having the 10th richest owner in world football.

Guo Guangchang took over the club in 2016 and has helped Wolves become a solid mid-table Premier League team and ended their 39-year absence from European competition when they reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League in 2020.

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