Hammers potential investor named


Hammers potential investor named

American Robert “Bobby” Kotick is the name of a new potential investor in West Ham. The long-term CEO of games company Activision Blizzard, home of the famous Call of Duty and Candy Crush games, is due to step down at the end of this month after Microsoft’s $75 billion acquisition of the games giant.

According to Forbes, Kotick owns four million shares and has a net worth of around £694m. He once appeared in Moneyball with Brad Pitt as the owner of Oaklands Athletics baseball team. His name is being floated as a potential buyer of the 10% shareholding being sold by Vanessa Gold and her family with Rothschilds appointed as advisors.
Kotick is considered a controversial figure in the US media, In a lawsuit filed against his company Activision in 2021, California’s Civil Rights Department alleges that “women were subjected to constant sexual harassment, including groping, comments, and advances, and that the company’s executives including Kotick and human resources personnel knew of the harassment and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the unlawful conduct, and instead retaliated against women who complained.” The complaint also accused Activision of having “fostered a sexist culture and paid women less than men, and assigned women to lower level jobs than men.” 
Kotick says he has been both humbled and outraged by what he considers malicious distortions about the company that he has taken to great heights over 32 years under his leadership. He makes no apologies for Acti­vision or its culture. He says that the company is preparing to release a slew of data drawn from an investigation that he hopes will combat the perception that Activision was run as a “frat house.”

Should the American multi-millionaire invest it could be Moneyball v Moyesball

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Buster says:

    I’m interested in knowing what is the source of this story, Hugh. It won’t have come from the club. Potentially, a wealthy investor with his deep pockets is very welcome….but the news I’m really interesting in is who will be buying out David Sullivan? A new chief with a positive and freah outlook is what West Ham really need.

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