Sports24 brings to you, the top 10 richest football club owners in English premier league. These football club ownersaredeep-pocketed investors who run some of the biggest clubs in England.
The English Premier League is the wealthiest national league in world of football and a number of the clubs playing in the league are owned by billionaire businessmen from Russia, China, the United States and the Middle East.
We bring to you, the names of the richest Premier League club owners, their club names and their current estimated net worth. This list is arranged in descending order.
|Rank||Owner||Premier League club||Est. net worth (2020)|
|1||Sheikh Mansour||Manchester City||$20bn|
|4||Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (and family)||Leicester City||$6bn|
|5||Joe Lewis & Daniel Levy||Tottenham||$6bn|
|6||Nassef Sawiris||Aston Villa||$5.8bn|
|8||Glazer family||Manchester United||$5bn|
|9||Joshua Harris||Crystal Palace||$4.3bn|
Sheikh Mansour | Man City | $20bn
Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour took over the club in 2008. At taking over the club, he ushered in an era that is tagged golden as he started pumping millions into the project in pursuit of English Premier League glory.
This investment of his played out as since he took over the ownership of the club, Manchester City have won four Premier League titles.
Sheikh Mansour amassed his wealth through the oil industry, but also has different sources of income.
Sheikh Mansour is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and half-brother of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan, the current UAE president.
He is chairperson of International Petroleum Investment Company and also has a stakeholder in Virgin Galactic.
He is also the owner of the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation.
Roman Abramovich | Chelsea | $11.3bn
The Russian businessman Roman Abramovich amassed his vast wealth chiefly through oil and steel manufacturing and this enabled him to build an empire at Chelsea
He began his investment in the Blues in 2003 by purchasing the club at £140million, and investing in the Chelsea squad. This investment of his helped to bring Premier League and Champions League trophies to the London club and has also helped the club to record great success.
He was formerly a stakeholder in the Russian gas company, Gazprom, before selling his stake in 2005. He also owns stakes in steel and nickel companies among other business ventures of his.ES – GETTY
Stan Kroenke | Arsenal | $10bn
The American also owns MLS side Colorado Rapids, the Los Angeles Rams in NFL, the Denver Nuggets in the NBA and the Colorado Avalanche in NHL.
Married to Walmart heiress, Ann Walton in 1974, The American billionaire, Stan Kroenke founded a property development firm known as Kroenke Group in 1983 and owns Arsenal through his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment company
He first involvement in Arsenal in 2007 began before he assumed majority control in 2011.
Stan Kroenke, who is among the top 10 richest football club owners in English premier league, also owns MLS side Colorado Rapids, the LA Rams NFL team, which he relocated from St Louis in 2016. the Denver Nuggets in the NBA and the Colorado Avalanche in NHL.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha & family | Leicester City | $6bn
As at 2018, the Premier League club, Leicester City, was owned by Vichai, who tragically died in a helicopter crash outside the club’s stadium in 2018. In his stead, his 34-year-old son, the CEO and chairman of King Power, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, took over the ownership of the club and has been the owner till date.
King Power is a Thai business which deals in the Duty-Free sector.
Joe Lewis & Daniel Levy | Tottenham | $6bn
The North London club, Tottenham, are jointly owned by British businessmen Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy.
Joe Lewis is the head of ENIC International and the Tavistock Group, which has different investment portfolio, ranging from oil, gas and energy to agriculture and logistics and his involvement with Tottenham started in 2001. Daniel Levy, meanwhile, is part-owner of ENIC International and has been involved with various football investments.
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.
Nassef Sawiris | Aston Villa | $5.8bn
With an African origin, the Egyptian businessman, Nassef Sawiris, made his amassed his wealth from the construction industry and according to Forbes, is one of the richest Africans in the world.
Sawiris took over the ownership of the club from Tony Xia at purchasing a 55 per cent controlling stake and started his involvement in the running of Aston Villa in 2018.
Sawiris is one of the top 10 richest football club owners in English premier league and a descendant of one of Egypt’s wealthiest families and owns numerous constructions, engineering and building companies.
His investment helped Aston Villa get back to the EPL.
Guo Guanchang | Wolves | $5.6bn
Wolves are owned by Fosun International, a Chinese conglomerate. The head of this conglomerate is Guo Guanchang and he boasts a net worth of nearly $6 billion (£5bn). Fosun International works in diverse sectors, including pharmaceutical and research areas.
Fosun International invested significantly in Wolves and this payed off as they were able to earn promotion to the Premier League and challenge for qualification to the big one, UEFA Champions League.
Guo Guangchang, who is among the top 10 richest football club owners in English premier league, is the chairman of Fosun Group and has invested in insurance, pharmaceuticals, property, steel, healthcare, mining, retail, services finance and many other areas of business and completed a takeover of Wolves in 2016.
Glazer family | Manchester United | $5bn
Manchester United is currently owned by the Glazer family, which took over the ownership of the English side in 2005,
The business portfolio of the Glazer family is extensive, ranging from healthcare ventures, property and banking interests and the list continues.
Malcolm Glazer died in 2014 but he made his billion-dollar fortune in property, banking and health care before then and his sons Avram and Joel, have since stepped up as co-chairmen of the Red Devils.
Joshua Harris | Crystal Palace | $4.3bn
A private equity investor, Joshua Harris, worked with the Trump administration and owns an 18 per cent stake in Crystal Palace partly along with Steve Parish and David S. Blitzer.
Aside his place at Palace, Harris also has controlling interests in NHL team the New Jersey Devils and NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.
The American co-founded one of the world’s largest investment firms, Apollo Global Management, and is still a senior managing director.
Mike Ashley | Newcastle United | $2.8bn
Mike Ashley is one of the top 10 richest football club owners in English premier league and one of the most controversial owners of a Premier League club in recent years,
Ashley is a retail magnate, in charge of the sportswear chain Sports Direct, but his relationship with Magpies supporters means that he may not be the owner for quite a long time, with a Saudi takeover on the cards.