The annual rich list ranking the wealthiest people in British Football incorporates managers, players, chairmen (and chairwomen), shareholders, board members and a reserve team manager and proves the pull of British football to some of the world’s richest business men, with all of the top five hailing from foreign shores.
Topping the list is Man City’s super wealthy owner oil tycoon Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The brother of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Mansour is worth a staggering £20 billion and has owned the Premiership club since buying the Eastland’s outfit for a reported £220 million in 2008.
Last year’s first place QPR stakeholder Lakshmi Mittal has fallen to second with a still very respectable £17 billion fortune. In third is Arsenal’s Uzbek-Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov with £8 billion to his name, fourth is Chelsea billionaire Roman Abramovich and rounding off the international top five are Southampton investors The Liebherr Family.
The highest British entrant, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, occupies sixth spot. His £150,000 spend on a 15% stake in QPR three years ago cost just a small amount of his £1.4 billion fortune.
The poll should prove encouraging to the business of football demonstrating that the super wealthy are still attracted to the beautiful game.