As Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan is about to buy Newscastle from Mike Ashley, Football Mkt publishes the exclusive Top Richest Premier League Owners 2020 ranking.
Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley has agreed last year to sell the Magpies for £350m to the cousin of Manchester City’s owner Sheikh Mansour, with a deal expected to be finalised in time for a sizeable outlay in the summer transfer window.
Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s wealth is worth about £14 billion, a lot of money that could put Newcastle on the top again. Money is not everything in life and also in football, but it helps you buying the best players — tell that to Chelsea and City fans!
But while the deal between Ashley and Al Nahyan’s is not done yet, it’s important to check the current status quo in the Premier League.
Top from the top
Starting with Sheikh Mansour, the onwer of Manchester City since 2008. His wealth is worthed £24 billion. He is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and half brother of current UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan.
He is also chairman of International Petroleum Investment Company and also has a stake in Virgin Galactic. He also owns the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation. Since he became the Man City owner they have won four Premier League titles.
If the deal withh Newcastle is successful, Al Nahyan will become the second richest men in Premier League. While this doesn’t happen, Russian Roman Abramovich ranks in second for now. He purchased Chelsea for £140 million in 2003 and brought a lot of success to the Blues. Abramovich owns stakes in steel and nickel companies among his other business ventures, with an estimated wealth of £9 billion.
Arsenal’s owner Stan Kroenke is third on the list. Although the Gunners are facing challeging times in recent years, Kroenke’s wealth is worthed about £6.8 billion. Where this money come from?
Kroenke married Walmart heiress Ann Walton in 1974 and later founded Kroenke Group in 1983, which is a property development firm. Kroenke also owns the LA Rams NFL team, which he relocated from St Louis in 2016. He first became involved in Arsenal in 2007 before assuming majority control in 2011.
Wolverhampton owner Guo Guangchang is fourth, with an estimated wealth of £5.2 billion. The Chinese businessman 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.
Guangchang completed a takeover of Wolves in 2016 and has since invested heavily in the club to get it back to the Premier League.
Nassef Sawiris is from one of Egypt’s wealthiest families and owns numerous construction, engineering and building companies. With a fortune worthed £5 billion, Sawiris replaced Tony Xia as Aston Villa owner in July 2018 when he purchased a 55 per cent controlling stake.
Here is the full ranking:
- Manchester City – Sheikh Mansour (£23.3bn)
- Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6bn)
- Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.8bn)
- Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£5.2bn)
- Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5bn)
- Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£4.6bn)
- Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.9bn)
- Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.6bn)
- Southampton – Gao Jisheng (£3.1bn)
- Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£2.7bn)
- Newcastle – Mike Ashley (£2.3bn)
- Liverpool – John Henry (£2.1bn)
- Everton – Farhad Moshiri (£1.5bn)
- Brighton – Tony Bloom (£1.3bn)
- West Ham – David Sullivan and David Gold (£1.2bn)
- Bournemouth – Maxim Demin (£900m)
- Sheffield United – Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ed (£198m)
- Watford – Gino Pozzo (£93m)
- Burnley – Mike Garlick (£62m)
- Norwich – Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones (£23m)