There’s only one sport that can make you famous all around the world football! Who did know for Abramovich before Chelsea, or Sheikh Mansour before Manchester City, or Glazers before Manchester United? Well, just when they bought football clubs they became well known. Here are the ten richest club owners/shareholders.
Modern day football or soccer you would like to call, has been evolving so much with the money coming in in all the 4 major league around Europe as well as Russian clubs are getting big name players while French teams are threatening to take over transfers of high profile players.
So when did they trend of Rich owners buying clubs started and who are the richest billionaire in Europe football owners list. Lets take a look.The world of football has been swept by rich owners over the last decade. Absurdly rich people purchasing the clubs make it possible for some clubs to gain unfair advantage, but so far it has been strongly pronounced for couple of clubs – Manchester City and Chelsea.
Large financial backing from rich owner does help many other clubs too, and this list is a look at which clubs have the richest owners.Money, as they say, makes the world go round.And as it turns out, the football world is no different, with mega-rich owners and shareholders completely changing the football landscape over the past decade or so. Clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City are some of the most notable examples of this with their owners in Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour respectively boasting some incredible personal fortunes. However, they are not the only rich men in football today—and neither is the richest of them all.
Top 11 Richest Owners in European Club Football 2016
Sheikh Mansoon :-
Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (born 20 November 1970), commonly known as Sheikh Mansour, is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, minister of presidential affairs and member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. He is the half brother of the current president of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.He is also the chairman of the ministerial council for services, the Emirates investment authority and the Emirates pacing authority. He sits on the Supreme Petroleum Council and the boards of numerous investment companies including the International Petroleum Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council.
Mansour also owns stakes in a number of business ventures, including Virgin Galactic and Sky News Arabia..He is also the owner of the privately held Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) a specialist investment company that successfully acquired Manchester City Football Club in September 2008, and which has overseen a significant transformation at the Club since that time most notably the club won its first top flight champions trophy since 1968 which is also its first ever premier league trophy.
On May 21, 2013, Major League Soccer of the United States announced that its second New York City Metropolitan Area club, to be called New York City FC, is planned to start play in the 2015 season, to be majority-owned by Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, partnering with the New York Yankees Major League Baseball organization.Manchester City is wholy owned by Shiekh Mansoor and who is not afraid to invest in the new players of World Class level, Man City went on to win the 2011-2012 Premier League under Roberto Mancini and they have bigger plans than that.
- Net Worth: $22 Billion
- Club: Man City
- Born: November 20, 1970 (age 43), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Nationality: Emirati
- Spouse: Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (m. 2005)
- Parents: Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
- Siblings: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Children: Fatima Al Nahyan, Mohammed Al Nahyan, Hamdan Al Nahyan
Amancio Ortega :-
Amancio Ortega Gaona (born 28 March 1936) is a Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. In early 2013, he was ranked as the third richest person in the world by Forbes with a net worth of USD $57 billion. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index on March 2016 listed Amancio Ortega Gaona as the world’s fourth richest person with reported combined assets of USD $57 billion.He resides with his second wife in an apartment building in Galicia, Spain.
- Net worth: $57 Billion, up $19.5 billion from last year.
Club: Deportivo La Coruna (Spain)
- Born: March 28, 1936 (age 77), Province of León, Spain
- Spouse: Flora Pérez (m. 2001), Rosalía Mera (m. 1966–1986)
- Children: Marta Ortega Perez, Sandra Ortega Mera, Marcos Ortega Mera
George Soros :-
George Soros (born August 12, 1930, as Schwartz Gyorgy is a Hungarian-born Americanbusiness magnate, investor, and philanthropist.He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds, giving him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.Soros is a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal political causes.Between 1979 and 2011, Soros gave away over $8 billion to causes related to human rights, public health, and education.
He played a significant role in the peaceful transition from communism to capitalism in Hungary (1984–89) and provided one of Europe’s largest higher education endowments to Central European University in Budapest. Soros is also the chairman of the Open Society Foundations. Thats a surprising name here, George Sors owns just 8% of Manchester United shares but that does make him co owner with Glazers family who has around 70% of Manchester United shares. They guy is a bomb, has alot of money and his net worth sky rocketed in the last few years.
- Net Worth: $19.2 Billion
Club: Manchester United (England)
- Born: August 12, 1930 (age 83), Budapest, Hungary
- Education: London School of Economics and Political Science (1952)
- Spouse: Susan Weber Soros (m. 1983–2005), Annaliese Witschak (m. 1960–1983)
- Siblings: Paul Soros
- Children: Alexander Soros, Gregory Soros, Andrea Soros, Robert Soros, Jonathan Soros
Alisher Usmanov :-
Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov (born 9 September 1953) is an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate. According to March 2014 Forbes website data, the oligarch Usmanov is Russia’s richest man, with a fortune estimated at $18.6 billion, and the world’s 34th richest person.According to the December 2013 Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he has an estimated net worth of $19.6 billion, making him the 37th richest person in the world. In April 2013, the Sunday Times listed him as the richest person in the UK, ousting Lakshmi Mittal for the number one spot, coming in with a net worth of $13.3 billion according to theguardian.com.
He built his wealth through metal and mining operations, and investments, and is the majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, a Russian industrial conglomerate, which consolidated in 2006 JSC METALLOINVEST’s assets (the Mikhailovsky GOK and the Ural Steel) with those of Gazmetall JSC (the Lebedinsky GOK and the Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant)
- Net Worth: $17.6 Billion
- Club: Arsenal Football Club (England)
- Born: September 9, 1953 (age 60), Chust, Uzbekistan
- Spouse: Irina Viner (m. 1992)
- Education: Moscow State University, Academy of Finance, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Lakshmi Mittal :-
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal ( born 2 September 1950) is an Indian steel magnate. He is the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company. Mittal owns 41 percent of ArcelorMittal and holds a 34 percent stake in the Queens Park Rangers F.C. football team.In 2007, Mittal was the richest man of Asian descent in the United Kingdom.Despite being the eighth wealthiest man in Britain in 2002, he does not hold British citizenship. He was ranked the sixth richest person in the world by Forbes in 2011, but dropped to 21st place in 2012, due to having lost $10.4 billion the previous year.
In spite of the drop, Forbes estimated that he still had a personal wealth of US$16 billion in October 2013. He is also the 47th “most powerful person” of the 70 individuals named in Forbes’ “Most Powerful People” list for 2012. His daughter Vanisha Mittal’s wedding was the second most expensive in recorded history. Things did not go well for the mittals family who owns QPR major shares, QPR got relegated even though the owners invested alot of money in the club, which goes to buying success with money is not as easy as it seems.
- Net Worth: $16.5 Billion
- Club: Queens Park Rangers (England)
- Born: June 15, 1950 (age 63), Rajgarh, India
- Nationality: Indian
- Education: St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta (1969)
- Spouse: Usha Mittal
- Parents: Mohan Mittal
- Awards: Padma Vibhushan
Rinat Akhmetov :-
Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov ( born on 21 September 1966) is a Ukrainian businessman and oligarch. He is the founder and President of System Capital Management (SCM), and is ranked among the wealthiest men in the nation. As of March 2013, he was listed as the 47th richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of US 15.4 billion.
There have been claims Akhmetov has been involved in organized crime. Akhmetov is also the owner and President of the Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk. In 2006–2007 and 2007–2012 Akhmetov was a member of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) for the Party of Regions.Another Russia owner with his oil money, Rinat Akhmetov is based in Ukrain and he wholy owns Shakhtar Dontesk who has been a regual at European level football for quite some years and they buy good players as well.
- Net worth: $15.4 billion
- Club: FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
- Born: September 21, 1966 (age 47), Donetsk, Ukraine
- Spouse: Liliya Nikolayevna Smirnova
- Education: Donetsk National University (2011)
- Nationality: Ukrainian, Soviet
- Children: Almir Akhmetov, Damir Akhmetov
- Siblings: Igor Akhmetov
François-Henri Pinault :-
François-Henri Pinault, (born 28 May 1962 in Rennes, Brittany, France), is a French businessman and the chief executive officer of Kering. He is the son of the company’s founder, businessman François Pinault. Often nicknamed “FHP”, he is also Director of Financière Pinault, as well as the President of Groupe Artemis’ executive board. As of March 2013, François Pinault and family had a net worth of $15 billion according to Forbes magazine.
- Net worth: $15 billion
- Club: Rennes (France)
- Born: May 28, 1962 (age 51), Rennes, France
- Parents: François Pinault
- Education: HEC School of Management (1985)
- Spouse: Salma Hayek (m. 2009), Dorothée Lepère (m. 1996–2004)
- Children: Valentina Paloma Pinault, Augustin James Evangelista, Mathilde Pinault, François Pinault
Paul Allen :-
Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist, best known as the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of Microsoft Corporation. As of March 2013, he was estimated to be the 53rd-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $15 billion. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts.
Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio including technology companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns two professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2009.
- Net worth: $15 billion, up $800 million from last year.
- Club: Seattle Sounders FC (United States)
- Born: January 21, 1953 (age 61), Seattle, Washington, United States
- Siblings: Jody Patton
- Education: Lakeside School, Washington State University
- Parents: Faye G. Allen, Kenneth S. Allen
- Awards: News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form
- Movies and TV shows: Black Sky: The Race for Space, Me & Isaac Newton, Inspirations
John Fredriksen :-
John Fredriksen, (born 10 May 1944) is a Norwegian born Cypriot oil tanker and shipping tycoon, owner of the world’s largest oil tanker fleet, and was Norway’s richest man until he chose to abandon his Norwegian citizenship and take up a Cypriot passport. Norwegian magazine Kapital listed Fredriksen in 2013 with a net worth of NOK 69,75 billion ($11.9 billion USD). Through his investment companies Hemen Holdings and Meisha, Fredriksen controls the companies Frontline and Golar LNG from London. He also has major interests in the offshore driller Seadrill, the fish farming company Marine Harvest, the dry bulk company Golden Ocean Group, and supply vessel company Deep Sea Supply. Fredriksen’s Frontline in 2010–11 owned 9.6% of another large tanker company Overseas Shipholding Group, but divested itself of this stake during 2011.
- Net worth: $11.5 billion
- Team: Valerenga (Norway)
- Age : 69
- Source Of Wealth : shipping, Self Made
- Residence : London, United Kingdom
- Citizenship : Cyprus
- Marital Status : Widowed
- Children : 2
Roman Abrahimovic :-
Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich ( born 24 October 1966) is a Russian businessman and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. He is known outside Russia as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, an English Premier League football team.Abramovich, with an estimated fortune of U.S.$14.6 billion, is currently the 5th richest person in Russia and the 50th richest person in the world, according to the 2012 Forbes list. The most prominant billionair owner is Roman Abrahamovic who started the trend to buy a football club and actually buying trophies with all the money. Although in recent years his focus has turned into making chelsea more of a regualr football club than just living off his money.
- Net Worth: $10.2 billion
- Club: Chelsea
- Born: October 24, 1966 (age 47), Saratov, Russia
- Nationality: Russian
- Spouse: Irina Malandina (m. 1991–2007), Olga Yurevna Lysova (m. 1987–1990)
- Children: Arkadiy Abramovich, Anna Abramovich, Ilya Abramovich, Arina Abramovich, Sofia Abramovich
- Parents: Irina Vasilevna Abramovich, Arkadiy Abramovich
- Education: School No. 232 (1974–1983), Ukhta School No. 2, more
Philip Anschutz :-
Philip Frederick Anschutz (born December 28, 1939) is an American entrepreneur. Anschutz bought out his father’s drilling company, Circle A Drilling, in 1961 and earned large returns in Wyoming. He has invested in stocks, real estate and railroads. He then began investing in entertainment companies, co-founding Major League Soccer as well as multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, and the New York / New Jersey Metro Stars.
Anschutz owns stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, and venues including the Staples Center, O2 Arena, and the Home Depot Center. Anschutz also invests in family films such as The Chronicles of Narnia. Forbes ranks him the 38th richest person in the U.S. with an estimated net worth of $10 billion as of 2013.
- Net Worth: $10 billion
- Club: La Glaxy
- Born: December 28, 1939 (age 74), Russell, Kansas, United States
- Spouse: Nancy Anschutz
- Children: Christian Anschutz
- Siblings: Sue Anschutz-Rogers
- Parents: Marian Pfister Anschutz, Fred Anschutz
- Education: University of Kansas (1961), Wichita East High School (1957)