Top 10 Richest Football Club Owners in the World – BraggsSports takes a look at the golden-pocketed owners of some of the biggest teams in the game
Elite-level football is a lucrative business, with billions in revenue sloshing around clubs thanks to broadcasting contracts and corporate sponsorship deals.
Success in football coupled with the money involved brings with it prestige and it is also a very reliable way to elicit good will from the public at large. So it is no surprise that the game of football has become an attractive investment prospect for many billionaires and millionaires across the world.
Here are the top richest football club owners in the world in 2021 to 2022
1. Saudi Arabia Public Investment Funds, Net worth – €320B (Newcastle United)
The Saudi Arabia-financed consortium’s bid for Newcastle United is expected to go through in the near future following the reversal of a ban on beIN Sport in the Gulf nation.
A takeover saga which has now dragged on for 18 months and seen the club embroiled in legal disputes with the Premier League is now closer to resolution and the group, led by Amanda Staveley, the British businesswoman, could soon bring to an end Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of Newcastle.
The announcement on Wednesday 6th of October 2021 that beIN Sport, the Premier League’s official Middle East broadcaster, will no longer be barred from operating in the kingdom means the takeover is on the cusp of being completed. This means they will officially be the richest football club owner in 2022 in the world and the richest there is ever.
2. Sheikh Mansour, Net worth – €23.2B (Man City, Melbourne City, New York City)
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also known as Sheikh Mansour, is best known in a football context for his ownership of Premier League club Manchester City, but he also owns a number of other clubs through the City Football Group.
As well as Man City, Major League Soccer side New York City and A-League outfit Melbourne City are among the clubs in the City Football Group owned by Sheikh Mansour. Others include Mumbai City in India, Belgian side Lommel SK and the Uruguayan team Montevideo City Torque.
3. Dietrich Mateschitz, Net worth – €15.7B (Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig, NY Red Bulls)
The Austrian billionaire is the joint-owner of the energy drink Red Bull. Despite only being formed in 2009, RB Leipzig have already established themselves as a force to reckon with in Europe, reaching the Champions League semi-finals in the 2019/20 season.
4. Andrea Agnelli & family, Net worth – €11B (Juventus)
The Agnelli family are the owners of Juventus, with Andrea Agnelli being the face of the family’s football enterprise, serving as chairman of both the club and of the European Club Association (ECA).
Known as an industrialist family, the Agnelli family’s business interests are varied, but they are mostly synonymous with the motor car industry, producing Fiat, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and other such brands.
5. Roman Abramovic, Net worth – €9.6B (Chelsea)
Abramovich transformed Chelsea in just two years since taking over at the club, leading them to their 2005 Premier League title win – their first in 50 years. Since then the Blues have gone on to win the Premier League another four times and the Champions League twice during his 18-year tenure.
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6. Philip Anschutz, Net worth – €8.1B (LA Galaxy)
Philip Anschutz was one of the founding fathers of Major League Soccer and was behind the mega-money deal that brought David Beckham to America in 2007. He has ventures in real estate, oil, and the entertainment industry.
7. Stan Kroenke, Net worth – €6.8B (Arsenal)
Premier League club Arsenal are owned by American billionaire Stan Kroenke, through his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment company.
Kroenke’s company also owns MLS side Colorado Rapids, as well as a number of teams in other sports, including the Los Angeles Rams in NFL, Denver Nuggets in the NBA and Colorado Avalanche in NHL.
8. Nasser Al-Khelaifi , Net worth – €6.5B (PSG)
Nasser Al Khelaifi is the owner of France’s richest club and is the head of media giant beIN. His deep pockets were the reason behind Neymar’s whopping world record £198m transfer from Barcelona in 2017.
9. Dietmar Hopp, Net worth – €6,3B (Hoffenheim)
Bundesliga side Hoffenheim may not be global players, but their owner Dietmar Hopp is an influential businessman in the software and data processing sector having helped to found SAP SE.
10. Zhang Jindong, Net worth – €6.2B (Inter Milan)
Chinese billionaire Zhang Jindong’s company, the Suning Holdings Group, become majority owners of Inter back in 2016. Under his ownership, the club ended an 11-year trophy drought when they clinched the Serie A title this year.