English Premier League has become the NBA of football. Wealthy billionaires are splashing the cash left, right and center. The result is there for all to see; Manchester City has been transformed since their 2008 takeover, winning two league titles among other trophies.
Let us take a closer look at six of the richest owners in the Premier League;
6. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – £2.1 billion (Leicester City)
Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is the proud owner of 2015/16 Premier League Champions Leicester City. The 59-year-old is the founder and CEO of King Power Duty-Free, an operator of duty-free shops. He is listed by Forbes as the 7th richest man in the Far East nation with a valuation of US$3.3 billion (£2.1).
5. Joe Lewis – £4.5 billion (Tottenham Hotspur)
Joseph ‘Joe’ Lewis is a British businessman. He is a well-known investor and art collector in the UK and around the World, and the Spurs owner is the 6th richest person in the UK and 248th in the World.
The face of the London Club has always been the chairman Daniel Levy, while Lewis, the man behind the great joy at White Hart Lane, is enjoying his life in the tropical country of the Bahamas.
4. Stan Kroenke – £6 billion (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s largest shareholder Stan Kroenke is an American businessman. He owns Kroenke Sports Enterprises which has a number of Sports businesses including the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanches (NHL), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Colorado Mammoths (National Lacrosse League), and Los Angeles Rams (NFL).
Kroenke owns 62% of Arsenal and he is a big fan of the current boss Arsene Wenger. He has refused to listen to minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov who has been calling for the coach to be sacked.
3. Roman Abramovich – £7.3 billion (Chelsea)
Premier League Champions Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a Russian businessman, investor, and politician. Roman is the 15th richest person in Russia and 151st in the World. He bought the Blues in 2003 and brought in Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho to start off a journey of success. The club has now won all available trophies in football at club level.
Abramovich was the governor of Chukotka from 2000 to 2008. He achieved a lot in the region and changed the destiny of the inhabitants. The success earned him an award for Person of the Year. He has a very close relationship with current president Vladimir Putin.
2. Alisher Usmanov – £12.2 billion (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s minority shareholder Alisher Burkhanovich Usmanov is Russia’s richest man. He is 58th in the list of billionaires in the world and has made a lot of wealth through metal and mining operations. He is the majority shareholder of Metalloinvest, a Russian industrial conglomerate.
Usmanov owns 30% of Arsenal. He is the most vocal owner, calling for manager Arsene Wenger to be sacked on many occasions but the majority shareholder Stan Kroenke (62%) has opposed the move up to now. The Russian has also been calling for more ambitious signings at the Club.
1.Sheikh Mansour – £20 billion (Manchester City)
Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, also known as Sheikh Mansour, is the owner of Manchester City Football Club. He is a member of Abu Dhabi ruling family and is the current deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Sheikh Mansour has made his wealth from oil. He is a member of the country Supreme Petroleum Council, International Petroleum Investment Company, and Abu Dhabi Investment Council.
He owns a private company called Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) that owns Manchester City. He bought the Club in 2008 and the transformation started; they brought in stars and the result is two League titles, FA Cup and League Cup. He also owns US Major League Soccer club New York FC.