Controlling the affairs of a football club helps maintain an opulent lifestyle, but can sometimes prove to burdensome, but it is job not meant for the faint hearted. So here we bring you a close-up of the top ten richest club presidents in the world that have been trending on top viral sites. Certainly, some of these names will leave you stupefied.
- Joe Lewis (Tottenham Hotspur)
Business investor Joe Lewis, with a fortune of over 4.800.000.000 euros, is placed tenth on our list. Ranked among the richest people in UK at number 6, apart from being the president at White Hart Lane he is also the primary investor of private investment organization Tavistock Group. However, his home in Bahamas is far to the Lane where his money is stocked at.
- Shahid Khan (Fulham FC)
A dual citizen of both Pakistan and America, he moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of 16 to study. He took up the job of dish washing in a restaurant to sustain himself. Now, with his wealth 5.400.000.000 euros he lives in the lap of luxury after he got the ownership right of Flex-N-Gate, a company he worked while studying. With his stupendous wealth, one would think Fullham will be at the top of English football but as it is, they are struggling to gain momentum in the in second tier in England. Is his wealth having any influence in the club?
- Silvio Berlusconi (AC Milan)
Silvio Berlusconi is a well-known business man all over the world. He became the president of AC Milan in 1986. He is also heavily involved in polictics as he was the Prime Minister in Italy in four governments and also the major shareholder of Mediaset, He is said to possess a wealth of 5.600.000.000 euros.
- Román Abramóvich (Chelsea FC)
Abramovich purchased Chelsea, arriving at the Stamford Bridge with his oil money in 2003 and since then his wealth has helped the club to become champions several times. His fortune of 6.900.000.000 euros has provided the club with the funds needed to purchase good quality players propelling them to claim the Champions League trophy in 2012.
- Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal)
Passionate about sports, most of his investment is in sport. Apart from Arsenal, he is also the owner of Kroenke Sports &entertainment, Denver Nuggets in the NBA, the Colorado Rapids in the MLS, the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL.
- Dmitry Rybolovlev (AS Monaco)
Also a football fanatic, he became critically acclaimed for his participation in the ‘divorce of the century’ where he was ordered by the court to pay a settlement of 4.000.000.000 euros to his former wife, Elena. Manchester United was the first club to catch his interest when he wanted to invest in football but all plan to rule at Old Trafford failed and instead bought Monaco. The Russian millionaire’s wealth is stipulated at 8.500.000.000 euros. According to some top viral sites.
- Philip Anschutz (LA Galaxy)
The owner of LA Galaxy ranked 38th on Forbes list of richest people in the United States with his fortune of 8.800.000.000 euros. His wealth is gotten from oil deals. Anschutz also own the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL.
- Dietrich Mateschitz (NY Red Bulls)
A fortune of 12.000.000.000 euros can be found in the third placed man’s bank account. The Austrian magnate is a co-founder of Red Bull energy drink, which his team is named after, owning 49% shares of the company. He is also the president of the Formula 1 racing team Red Bull Racing.
- François Pinault (Stade Rennais)
The President at Roazhon Park owns a business group consisting of 60 firms including Puma, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. His fortune of over 15.000.000.000 euros is not evident in the development of his club, seeing as they are struggling for consistency in French football League, Ligue 1.
- Sheikh Mansour (Manchester City)
Known by all as Sheikh Mansour, he is the owner of City football group which houses Manchester City F.C, Melbourne City F.C and New York City F.C. A fortune weighed at 26.000.000.000 euros placed him among the richest people in the world. His origin can be traced to the ruling family of Abu Dhabi.. Similar to Berlusconi in his activeness in politics as he is the present Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. He is also a shareholder in companies like Virgin Galactic and Sky News Saudia Arabia.