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10 MOST RICHEST FOOTBALL TEAM OWNERS IN THE WORLD







Football teams have now become the new toys for the rich. Billionaires now purchase football teams to invest huge sums of money in them to make the teams competitive in the respective countries by hiring world class coaches, best players and other technical staff and also make names for themselves.


We bring you the top 10 wealthiest footballer team owners in the world.


RITNAV AKHMETOV -$12.8 BILLION-SHAKHTAR DONETSK



Ritnav Akhmetov is a owner of Owner and Founder of System Capital Management which has successful investments in hundreds of companies in varieties of industries. Shaktar Donetsk has won eight Ukrainian Premier League after he took over the team in 1996.


JOHN FREDRIKSEN -$14.5 BILLION-VALERENGA



John Fredriksen is an oil magnate who controls the world’s largest fleet of oil tankers. He made his fortune when his oil tankers moved during the Iran-Iraq wars in the 1980’s. He is also an investor in companies like Seadrill, Golden Ocean Group, Marine Harvest and Deep Sea Supply. His Seadrill investment alone made him over $4oo million in dividends annually which helped his team to move into a 22,000 seat stadium and also rescued the team from its depts.

FRANCOIS HENRY PINAULT -$15.5 BILLION-STADE RENNES




He is the proud owner of brands like Puma, Gucci, and Yves St. Laurent with the parent company being Kering which was founded by his father Francois Pinault in 1963. His wealth made him acquire French Ligue 1 team, Stade Rennes. Francois also operates Groupe Artemis, a holding company that manages the family’s investments in art, insurance, and wine.






LAKSHMI MITTAL -$16.1 BILLION-QUEENS PARK RANGERS



Being the world’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal, Mr. Mittal was forced to to take a pay cut sometime ago as the demand for steel decreased. Despite the economic hardships, Lakshmi still maintains his wealth because of his stake in English football club Queens Park Rangers.


 PAUL ALLEN -$16.3 BILLION-SETTLE SOUNDERS



Paul Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft along with world richest man Bill Gates. Paul has invested considerably in professional sports franchises include Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazzers and most recently as a part owner of the Seatle Sounders. He also owns Century Link Field, where the Sounders play their home games.


GEORGE SOROS -$24 MILLION-MANCHESTER UNITED



George Soros is the head of one of the most successful hedge funds in history, Soros Fund Management. In 1992, he made $ 1 billion in a single day by short selling the British Pound during the Black Wednesday crisis. Soros has invested in soccer, He acquired a minority stake in Manchester United when the company went public in 2012.


ALISHER USMANOV -$19.4 BILLION-ARSENAL

He is considered as the most richest man in Russia. Usmanov has investments in telecommunications, media conglomerates, mining, and steel. He is a majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, which specializes in the manufacturing of steel. Alisher is a majority shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.


PAUL ALLEN -$16.3 BILLION-SETTLE SOUNDERS




Paul Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft along with world richest man Bill Gates. Paul has invested considerably in professional sports franchises include Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazzers and most recently as a part owner of the Seatle Sounders. He also owns Century Link Field, where the Sounders play their home games.


SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYEED AL NAHYAN

Sheikh Mansour is arguably one of the wealthiest men in the world of football and has found great success since taking over BPL giants Manchester City. City have clinched two English Premier League trophies since he took over as owner. He also recently expanded his football investments with MLS expansion franchise New York City Fc and Australian A-League club Melbourne City.



AMANCIO ORTEGA -$62.9 BILLION-DEPORTIVO DE LA CORUNA



The Spanish Business tycoon is the owner and founder of fashion conglomerate Inditex, which operates in over 5,000 stores in 77 countries. The firm has brands like Zara and Stradivarius under their umbrella. He is known for being the owner of La Liga club Deportivo de La Coruna.



CARLOS SLIM-HELU - $86.3 BILLION - CLUB PACHUA , CLUB LEON , REAL OVIEDU


Once the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim Helu built his fortune through investments in his conglomerate, Groupo Carso. He is the President and Chief Executive of Mexican telecom companies America Movil and Telmex. His company has a stake in two Mexican clubs, Club Leon and Club Pachua. He also purchased a Spanish team Real Ovideo in 2012.







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