Considering the amount of money football players earn in recent time, Can you imagine how much the owners of the football clubs will earn? we bring you the richest football team owners in the world in this article.
Football teams have now become the new toys for the rich. Billionaires now purchase football teams to invest huge sums of money in them to make the teams competitive in the respective countries by hiring world class coaches, best players and other technical staff and also make names for themselves.
1. Carlos Slim-Helu- $86.3 billion- Club Pachua, Club Leon, Real Oviedu
With a net worth of $ 86.3 billion, this man is the richest soccer team owner throughout the world. At core a telecom conglomerate giant, Carlos Slim Helu is the owner of 3 popular football clubs – Real Oviedo, Leon and Pachuca. If things go his way, he might end up owning many more clubs in his lifetime! Each one of these clubs is performing amazingly well to make Carlos the well-deserved and successful owner that he is.
2. Amancio Ortega-$62.9 billion-Deportivo De La Coruna
Even though Amancio Ortega doesn’t enjoy the kind of popularity that Carlos Slim Helu does outside of Spain’s fashion world, people associated with soccer certainly know a great deal about him. He’s the second wealthiest soccer team owner in the entire world. Anyone who knows even a bit about Spanish football league may have heard of Deportivo de La Coruna. Mr. Ortega is the proud owner of that La Liga football team. Amanico Ortega’s net worth as of 2017 is $ 57 billion.
3. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayeed Al Nahyan
Sheikh Mansour is arguably one of the wealthiest men in the world of football and has found great success since taking over BPL giants Manchester City. City have clinched two English Premier League trophies since he took over as owner. He also recently expanded his football investments with MLS expansion franchise New York City Fc and Australian A-League club Melbourne City.
4. George Soros-$24 million-Manchester United
George Soros is the head of one of the most successful hedge funds in history, Soros Fund Management. In 1992, he made $ 1 billion in a single day by short selling the British Pound during the Black Wednesday crisis. Soros has invested in soccer, He acquired a minority stake in Manchester United when the company went public in 2012.
5. Alisher Usmanov-$19.4 billion-Arsenal
He is considered as the most richest man in Russia. Usmanov has investments in telecommunications, media conglomerates, mining, and steel. He is a majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, which specializes in the manufacturing of steel. Alisher is a majority shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.
6. Paul Allen-$16.3 billion-Seattle Sounders
Paul Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft along with world richest man Bill Gates. Paul has invested considerably in professional sports franchises include Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazzers and most recently as a part owner of the Seatle Sounders. He also owns Century Link Field, where the Sounders play their home games.
7. Lakshmi Mittal-$16.1 billion-Queens Park Rangers
Being the world’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal, Mr. Mittal was forced to to take a pay cut sometime ago as the demand for steel decreased. Despite the economic hardships, Lakshmi still maintains his wealth because of his stake in English football club Queens Park Rangers.
8. Francois Henry Pinault-$15.5 billion-Stade Rennes
He is the proud owner of brands like Puma, Gucci, and Yves St. Laurent with the parent company being Kering which was founded by his father Francois Pinault in 1963. His wealth made him acquire French Ligue 1 team, Stade Rennes. Francois also operates Groupe Artemis, a holding company that manages the family’s investments in art, insurance, and wine.
9.John Fredriksen-$14.5 billion-Valerenga
John Fredriksen is an oil magnate who controls the world’s largest fleet of oil tankers. He made his fortune when his oil tankers moved during the Iran-Iraq wars in the 1980’s. He is also an investor in companies like Seadrill, Golden Ocean Group, Marine Harvest and Deep Sea Supply. His Seadrill investment alone made him over $4oo million in dividends annually which helped his team to move into a 22,000 seat stadium and also rescued the team from its depts.
10. Ritnav Akhmetov-$12.8 billion-Shakhtar Donetsk
Ritnav Akhmetov is a owner of Owner and Founder of System Capital Management which has successful investments in hundreds of companies in varieties of industries. Shaktar Donetsk has won eight Ukrainian Premier League after he took over the team in 1996.
As more teams emerge and teams continue to perform better and others decline, the list of richest club owners is very dynamic on annual basis. we Will keep updating the list to catch up with recent updates.