There was a time when football supporters dreamed about their club being owned by a billionaire, now the majority of owners are billionaires in the Premier League and it has become commonplace.
Talk Sport has this week published a list of the wealth of Premier League owners and West Ham are ranked 15th although the 2019 Sunday Times rich list suggests their combined wealth is £1.62 Billion which potentially bumps them up to 13th place.
20. Norwich – Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones (£23m) The husband and wife pair are joint majority shareholders of the Canaries and have been since 1996.
Delia Smith made her name as a cookery writer, author and television personality while Michael Wynn-Jones came from the publishing industry.
19. Burnley – Mike Garlick (£62m) Garlick is the founder and CEO of Michael Bailey Associates, which is a project management and consultancy company.He became sole chairman of the Clarets in 2015 when co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz stepped down from the role.
18. Watford – Gino Pozzo (£93m) Gino is the son of Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo, who made his money through the family business, tool-maker Freud.The Pozzo family bought Watford from Laurence Bassini in 2012 and Gino has full ownership and control over the club.
17. Sheffield United – Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ed (£198m) The 54-year-old is the son of Prince Musa’id bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and set up a paper manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia in 1989.He won a High Court battle with Kevin McCabe over the ownership of the Blades. The ruling made last year meant McCabe must sell his stake in the club to Prince Abdullah for £5million.
16. Bournemouth – Maxim Demin (£900m) The Russian businessman became a co-owner of the club in 2011 when the club was in League One. He assumed full ownership of the club in 2013.He owns at least two companies in the UK, Wintel – a petrochemical company – and Wintel Holdings Ltd. Other than that his business background remains a mystery.
15. West Ham – David Sullivan and David Gold (£1.2bn) Gold and Sullivan acquired a 50 per cent share in West Ham in January 2010 and then purchased a further 10 per cent a few months later.Sullivan made his fortune in the pornography industry and he previously owned the Daily Sport and Sunday Spor Gold owns Gold Group International, the parent company of Ann Summers and he previously co-owned adult magazine company Gold Star Publications with his brother.
14. Brighton – Tony Bloom (£1.3bn) Bloom is thought to have acquired most of his wealth through online gambling and gaming websites as well as property and start-up investments.He is also a well known poker player and finished fourth at the World Series of Poker in 200. The 49-year-old became chairman of Brighton in 2009 and has taken the club from League One to the Premier League.
13. Everton – Farhad Moshiri (£1.5bn) Moshiri sold his stake in Arsenal to raise capital to launch a takeover of Everton. His takeover was officially confirmed in February 2016.The 64-year-old owns and has shares in numerous steel and energy companies in the UK and Russia.
12. Liverpool – John Henry (£2.1bn) The American businessman founded John W. Henry & Company, an investment management company.His company Fenway Sports Group purchased Liverpool in 2010 and they also own the Boston Red Sox. Henry is also the owner of the newspaper The Boston Globe.
11. Newcastle – Mike Ashley (£2.3bn) Ashley made his fortune through Sports Direct and gone on to be one of the biggest names in retail.He purchased his share in Newcastle in 2007 but has been largely unpopular with the club’s fan base.
10. Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£2.7bn) The American co-founded Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s largest investment firms and is still a senior managing director. He owns an 18 per cent stake in Crystal Palace as well being the principal shareholder of the NHL team the New Jersey Devils and the NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.
9. Southampton – Gao Jisheng (£3.1bn) Jisheng became the Saints’ majority owner in 2017 when he completed a £210million deal.He was the founder of Lander Sports Development until last year when he sold enough shares to lose control of the real-estate company.
8. Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.6bn) Malcolm Glazer masterminded the takeover of Manchester United and gradually bought up shares between 2003 and 2005.He made his billion dollar fortune in property, banking and health care before his death in 2014. His sons Avram and Joel have since stepped up as co-chairmen.
7. Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.9bn) Lewis is the main investor in Tavistock Group, which owns more than 200 companies in 15 counties ranging from sports teams, energy companies, restaurants and luxury properties.English National Investment Company, which Lewis owns 70.6 per cent, bought a controlling stake in Tottenham in 2001 from Alan Sugar.
6. Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£4.6bn) The 34-year-old, known as Top, became CEO and chairman of King Power and the chairman of Leicester when his father died in a helicopter crash outside the club’s stadium in 2018.
5. Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5bn) Sawiris is from one of Egypt’s wealthiest families and owns numerous construction, engineering and building companies.He replaced Tony Xia as Aston Villa owner in July 2018 when he purchased a 55 per cent controlling stake.
4. Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£5.2bn) Guangchang is the chairman of Fosun Group and has invested in insurance, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, property, steel, mining, retail, services finance and numerous other areas of business.He completed a takeover of Wolves in 2016 and has since invested heavily in the club to get it back to the Premier League.
3. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.8bn) Kroenke married Walmart heiress Ann Walton in 1974 and later founded Kroenke Group in 1983, which is a property development firm.He first became involved in Arsenal in 2007 before assuming majority control in 2011.
2. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6bn) Abramovich purchased Chelsea for £140million in 2003 and oversaw a huge investment in the squad that has brought great success to the club. He sold his stake in the Russian gas company Gazprom in 2005 and owns stakes in steel and nickel companies among his other business ventures.
1. Man City – Sheikh Mansour (£23.3bn) Mansour is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and half brother of current UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan.He is chairman of International Petroleum Investment Company and also has a stake in Virgin Galactic.He also owns the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation.