Football is a wealthy game with some of the owners of the football clubs being extremely wealthy. Also, the industry attracts potential investors in their numbers. In the post, you’ll know who these men are. Check out the top 10 richest football club owners in the world presently.
10. Zhang Jindong ($7.6 billion)
Zhang Jindong rounds 10th on our list of the richest football club owners in the world. The tycoon owns the Suning Holdings Group which deals in the retailing of home appliances raking in lots of money annually. However, this club owner is also interested in the media and broadcasting industry.
In 2016, the Suning Holdings Group acquired a majority stake in Inter, even though Jindong isn’t a part of the Inter Milan board of directors. And in 2021, the team won a Serie A championship, ending an 11-year trophy drought under his ownership. Besides, he is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, having been elected as a part of its national committee.
9. Philip Anschutz ($10 billion)
Philip Anschutz is a founding member of Major League Soccer. Additionally, he presently owns the renowned LA Galaxy, having managed a number of other teams in the league, some of which include MetroStars, and Chicago Fire amongst others. His primary economic interests are the real estate, oil, rail, and entertainment sectors.
Finally, David Beckham arrived in the US in 2007 because of a huge financial transaction arranged by the American billionaire, Anschutz. Wild money cruise eh!
8. Roman Abramovic ($12.4 billion)
Roman Abramovic is a Russian businessman of Israeli origin. He’s the 10th richest person in Russia, the richest in Israel, and the 113th richest in the world. Furthermore, Abramovic, more than any other Russian gave more than 2.5 billion dollars to infrastructure, schools, and clinics in Chukotka between 1999 and 2013.
Apparently, he made his money from the oil business besides his investment in aluminum companies among others. And based on records, he aided the success of the Premier League team, Chelsea in England and Europe in 2003, raking in a fortune as a result.
7. Dietmar Hopp ($13 billion)
Hopp is the seventh richest football club owner with a 13 billion dollar net worth. Dietmar Hopp is a Bundesliga regular,as the owner Of Hoffenheim. He actually played for the team as a teenager and he reportedly invested about 400 euros in the team.
Also, he is the 8th richest person in Germany and the 72nd worldwide and the construction of Germany’s 30,000-seater stadium is all thanks to him. Besides, Hopp is a significant figure in the software industry, after helping to build SAP SE. He is particularly noted for his contribution to the search for a cure for the Coronavirus in 2020.
Juventus is owned by the Agnelli family worth 13.5 billion dollars. Andrea Agnelli, 44, is the face of the family’s football business and the head of both the club and the European Club Association (ECA). Although this family has a variety of business interests, of which the football club is one, they are best known for their contributions to the automotive industry. They are the producer of Fiat, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and other such brands.
5. Lakshmi Mittal ($16.7 billion)
With a net worth of 16.7 billion US dollars, Mittal rakes up the top 5 spots on our list of the top 10 richest football club owners in the world. Lakshmi Mittal is an Indian billionaire who serves as the CEO of the largest steel maker in the world. Apparently, he holds a 33 percent ownership in the Queen Parkers Range team, with Tony Fernandes holding the rest.
4. Alisher Usmanov ($18.6 billion)
Alisher Usmanov, according to Forbes, is the richest person in Russia having acquired wealth in the steel and telecom industries. Additionally, he is the 40th richest in the world. He held a 14.5 percent ownership stake in Arsenal in 2007 when he acquired it from David Dein. But by 2011, he had raised his interest to a whopping 29 percent, although he lost the position as the highest stakeholder when Kroenke arrived.
3.Dietrich Mateschitz ($19.4 billion)
Dietrich, the 76-year-old Australian billionaire Co-owns the energy drink Red Bull with a 49 percent stake. Over time he has amassed a sizeable portfolio of sports teams, many of which are branded with his company’s name.
Furthermore, One of the football clubs he owns, RB Leipzig, founded in 2009 is now in the spotlight after making it to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2019-20 season. Besides, he owns the MLS team New York Red Bulls as well as the Austrian club Red Bulls Salzburg. Little wonder he ranks as one of the richest football club owners in the world.
2. Sheikh Mansour ($20 billion)
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, known as Sheikh Mansour, is the owner of New York City FC and Manchester City of the Premier League. Literally, Manchester City is one of the wealthiest clubs in the premier league, and in 9 seasons, Man City has won five Premier League championships and several other silver wares.
Additionally, he is an Emirati politician who serves as Abu Dhabi’s royal family member, minister of presidential affairs, and deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. Besides, Sheikh Mansour holds stock in other companies, including Virgin Galactic and Sky News Arabia.
1. Public Investment Fund ($430 billion)
The Public Investment Fund ranks first on our list of the richest football club owners with a whopping 430 billion dollars in assets. Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia is in charge of this organization.
In October 2021, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund reportedly completed a buyout that had been delayed by investing 80 percent of Newcastle. Asides from this, the Fund has significant investments in businesses in places including Brazil, the US, Russia, India, and France.