Football is more than just a sport now. It is a huge business in which some of the richest people in the world have invested. The technological advancements of this era have allowed footballers to become celebrities, who produce a lot of cash for big clubs and companies.
It is for this reason that many tycoons are investing in the sport. The revenues generated from this business of football is something that attracts every investor. With that in mind, here are 5 of the richest people who own football clubs.
#5 Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha & family (Leicester City) – Net worth: $5.9 billion
The son of late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Srivaddhanaprabha family own Leicester City and are the 5th richest among the football owners. The Foxes won the Premier League in the 2015-16 season under the ownership of this family but are currently at number 10 in the league this season.
#4 Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) – Net worth: $8.7 billion
Next on the list is Stanley Kroenke, who owns Arsenal (collective groans on why Arsenal don’t have funds to spend almost every transfer window) alongside more sporting units.
Kroenke owns Los Angeles Rams, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Avalanche and some others. However, he doesn’t have much success to boast about with Arsenal.
#3 Philip Anschutz (Los Angeles Galaxy) – Net worth: $10.9 billion
Another American billionaire, Philip Anschutz is the 128th richest man in the world and owns Los Angeles Galaxy in the Major League Soccer. The main source of his income is shrewd investments.
#2 Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) – Net worth: $12.4 billion
Roman Abramovich is a rather famous name in the football world. The Russian tycoon is the owner of Chelsea and is the person who transformed Chelsea into the club that it is today.
The steel magnate bought Chelsea in 2003 and since then, the Blues have gone on to stamp themselves as one of the big dogs in Europe.
#1 Dietrich Mateschitz (The Red Bull clubs) – Net worth: $18.9 billion
And the richest person to own a football club – in his case, clubs – is Dietrich Mateschitz. The owner of 49% of Red Bull energy drink company, Mateschitz owns Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, New York Red Bulls in America and RB Leipzig in Germany, who are having a fairy-tale ever since he founded the club.
Oh, and he also owns Red Bull Brazil, a top division club in the state of Sao Paulo.