In this selection the 10 Richest Billionaire Football Club Owners In The World are highlighted. Owners of the biggest fortunes on the planet invest in buying clubs in search of profits and popularity.
International football has turned into bets of great fortunes on the soccer planet. Small teams receive large investments to structure the club and purchase top players. But this financial contribution does not always mean magnificent results on the field.
10.Roman Abramovich – Chelsea – $ 5.3 billion
The Russian oligarch took over the club in 2003 and invested enough money to make the club one of the best in Europe. Chelsea went from being a club that had not won the first division title for half a century, to be 3 more times Premier League champions during Abramovich’s inauguration. After the purchase, Chelsea still managed their first title of the European Champions League (2011-12) and the UEFA Cup (2012-13).
9. Dmitry Rybolovlev – AS Monaco – $ 5.82 billion
Another Russian oligarch assuming a European club, but this one did not go so well. Monaco managed to promote the second division and spent a lot on signings of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez but finished as Ligue 1 runners-up in 2013-14, the champion was the PSG. Monaco were forced to sell many of their big name players to comply with Financial Fair Play and since then have not achieved great results in Ligue 1. The club does not even appear among France’s top 10 fans.
8. John Fredriksen – Valerenga IF – $ 6.57 billion
Fredriksen made his fortune in oil. The Norwegian tycoon has the largest fleet of oil tankers in the world. Born into a working-class family, Fredriksen made his fortune during the 1980s and is perhaps as cordial as an oil tycoon can be. Valerenga is a club from the city of Oslo in Norway, which plays for Tippeligaen, the first division of Norway.
7. Philip Anschutz – LA Galaxy – $ 8.08 billion
Anschutz inherited money, but made more through oil and land. The entrepreneur was instrumental in establishing the MLS as well as number of teams including LA Galaxy, the club he currently holds.
LA Galaxy is the most successful club in MLS history and have attracted some great names in their recent history including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Ashley Cole.
6. Dietrich Mateschitz – RB Leipzig / Red Bull Salzburg / New York Red Bulls / Red Bull Brazil – $ 8.48 billion
Sponsorship and publicity have become more and more important in football in recent years, but Dietrich Mateschitz has taken this to new levels. Mateschitz owns the beverage company Red Bull and not only announces using their teams, but all 4 of their wings have the product in the name. Red Bull Salzburg play in Austria’s first division, RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga, the United States’ New York Red Bulls, who play in the MLS, the main American football league, and another in Brazil, Red Bull Brazil who currently plays for the Campeonato Paulista and Red Bull Ghana of Ghana, which plays for the Division One League, the equivalent of the local B series.
5. Francois-Henri Pinault – Stade Rennais – $ 9.45 billion
He is the air of the retail empire Kering, estimated at $ 9.45 billion, and married to Salma Hayek. When not doing so, Pinault is also the owner of the French wing Stade Rennais.
The Frenchman has been chairman and CEO of Kering since 2005, and owner of Stade Rennais for the longest time. He took over the French club in 2000 and the club has reached 2 national finals in the last 3 years.
4. Paul Allen – Seattle Sounders – $ 12.12 billion
Paul Allen is one of the best-known entrepreneurs in the selection, after co-founding Microsoft with his friend Bill Gates. Although Microsoft has grown to become one of the most profitable companies on the planet, Paul Allen’s personal wealth has not grown with that. He did not get as much as Gates, but Allen’s fortune is around $ 12.12 billion. Seattle Sounders FC was founded in 2007 and since 2009 has played for MLS, the leading US soccer league.
3. Sheik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – Manchester City / New York City – $ 20 billion
In recent years there have been some football stories as exciting as the acquisition of Manchester City. A relatively smaller club of half a table was apparently taken overnight by a Sheikh and began to invest a large sum of money.
Robinho was the first of the great signings of Sheik Mansour and many more followed the Brazilian. He is a politician from the United Arab Emirates and a member of the royal ruling family of the country. City has come a long way since acquiring him and will try to follow further under the command of Pep Guardiola, and the attack of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
After the purchase, City won twice the disputed English Premier League.
2. Carlos Slim Helu – Real Oviedo – $ 34.2 billion
Carlos Slim made his name in the telecommunications business. Slim is president of America Movil, the largest telephone company in South America. In 2012, Real Oviedo’s Spanish club was close to closing due to a crisis but was saved by a huge campaign of small donors, as well as a Slim investment. Without great pretentions, the club plays the second division of the Spanish.
1. Amancio Ortega Gaona – Deportivo La Coruna – $ 48 billion
The Spanish businessman was born into a working class family, left school at the age of 14, and has since become one of the richest people in the world . Ortega is a recluse and his first picture ever published was in 1999.
He owns a clothing empire that includes the Zara company and has since bought the club from his hometown of Deportivo La Coruna. The Spaniard holds $ 48 billion and is currently the second richest person on the planet, behind Bill Gates.