Top 10 richest owners in 2013 7

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.

 

10. John Freriksen

John Freriksen

Vålerenga’s owner Frediksen is extremely rich, but lowly Norwegian league doesn’t attract such interest that splashing money around would be reasonable. Still, its one of the top clubs in Norway and should its standing be shaken, investment would not be a problem.

 

9. Philip Anschutz

Philip Anschutz

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LA Galaxy owner is the one who splashes cash around in MLS – most high profile transfer of course being David Beckham mega-deal that saw Becks play in Galaxy for years. Anschutz is a very wealthy man with a net worth of $7 billion. LA Galaxy is not the only club he is involved with, since he is a co-founder of MLS and numerous other clubs.

 

8. Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov

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Part of Arsenal board, Usmanov has a massive fortune but being minority shareholder, it doesn’t affect Arsenal too much. Still, Usmanov ranks up there with the others as far as rich football club owners go.

 

7. Francois-Henri Pinault

Lakshmi Mittal

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Stade Rennais’ owner Francois-Henri Pinault is the richest owner of a football club in France, apart from Qatar Investestment Authority who own PSG, but that is not an individual owner. Pinault’s personal wealth doesn’t really show on club’s performances, though, since Stade Rennais has been consistently decent, but nothing special over the last few seasons.

 

6. Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal

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QPR’s this season might have been a struggle, but in larger scheme of things they still are a club on the rise. This is no small part to being owned by a very wealthy owner. Mittal indeed was as high as 6th richest person in the world in 2011, though his position has dropped since due to decreased wealth.

In any case, QPR won’t lack money.

 

5. Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

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Milan’s owner and former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi has been in the news a lot and is certainly no stranger to controversy. He is also not lacking in money, with net worth of estimated $5.9 billion. Milan are an established big club with a lot of history, but it seems as though Berlusconi’s money has not helped them of late.

 

4. Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani

Future seemed exciting for Malaga when filthy rich Sheikh Al Thani purchased the club. It seemed like financial troubles were thing of the past and there would be huge influx of talent over the next few seasons.

It didn’t turn out exactly like that, though. Al Thani quickly, for whatever reason, tightened his purse and seemed to lose all interest in Malaga. Now club is riddled with debts from the outrageous initial purchases, though still performing well after selling some of its key players.
Al Thani’s and Malaga’s case is prime example of rich owner going wrong for the club.

 

3. Sultan Kerimov

Suleyman Abusaidovich Kerimov

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Anzhi’s super rich owner Kerimov has really started to move things around in his club. Purchases of likes of Samuel Eto’o, Roberto Carlos and Christopher Samba are just the tip of the iceberg, as Kerimov has invested also millions in clubs infrastructure. If he keeps it up – and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t – Anzhi will soon be one of the biggest, if not the biggest club in Russia.

 

2. Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich

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The most famous of all football owners, Abramovich has splashed money around for Chelsea ever since 2003 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down now that the rebuilding of the team is in progress. $50 million transfer spends per window seem a rule for Abramovich, not an exception.

 

1. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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Manchester City’s owner is part of the Abu Dhabi United Group that purchased the club. He is also deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and has a wealth of $31 billion – the almost half a billion he has spent on player purchases alone doesn’t really seem all that much in comparison. Manchester City’s rise in stature since he became owner has been undeniable, though with the amount of money used, you could very well say that City brute-forced their way to the top with power of money.

  • Aknockaert

    manchini spent alot of money and half of he bought were crap, he could have bught someone better than them eg, barry/replaced him with vidal milner,replaced him with swinstiger or fabregas

  • tommyt

    Still find it hard to understand how any fan of chelsea or city can take any pride at all from anything the club does under the control of the billionaires. Surely when they found out they were being taken over, they must have known instantly that it was going to mean titles. That must take all the fun and pride out of it when you win as a) you knew it was coming and b) it’s someone else’s doing :/

    • dik hed

      coming from an arsenal fan! you fucking idiot at least city and chelsea win trophies with their money hahaha

      • tommyt

        Sort of missed the whole point there aint ya little one! haha Let the grown ups talk will ya boy.

    • Infamous24

      Don’t act as if you wouldn’t jizz in your pants if Kroenke and Usmanov decided to go bigger than PSG, City and Chelsea has ever done and buy a couple of top world class players…

      • tommyt

        Of course I would enjoy it at first. I played football manager with an unlimited money cheat once and it’s cool at first, just buying everyone but then you start getting bored as you haven’t earned it. Anyone with unlimited money would get the same outcome.
        The difference when Arsenal spend money is it is money that the club has earned through years of constant success. And I know what kids like the guy above us will say “Arsenal aint had success for years!” but it’s only been since the introduction of rich people coming in and buying players for mid table clubs that Arsenal haven’t been able to compete.
        Before city got bought out and started cheating the transfer market, what success had they had? Arsenal were winning doubles and going over a season unbeaten. Be completely honest, do you think city or Chelsea would be doing unbeaten seasons now or even be in the top 3 without sugar daddy’s?
        Chelsea are at least a bit different, at least they had been a constant top 10 side since the start of the prem before Abramovic came along became their real life unlimited money cheat. City were truly nothing.

        • David Mcfc Abley

          Oh dear tommyt,Jealousy is so ugly,to be where City has been in the doldrums for 40years and going down to the 3rd teer of english football,Do you think we give a toss what anyone thinks,we watch amazing football from amazing players and we win things,But unlike chelsea and psg and all the other clubs with sugar daddies we are also building for the future just go on line and look at our new training facilities we even have a Learning collage the sheik has created Jobs, Facilities and houses he’s completely regenerated East manchester..He has’nt just built a football team or a club he has built a community that we can be proud of for many years.