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Premier League owners: A guide to the billionaires (and multi-millionaires) in control of each team

At least one Premier League could soon have a new owner after leading financier Amanda Staveley sounded out both Newcastle and Liverpool about potential takeovers.

The Mirror revealed this weekend that Staveley, who has strong links to billionaires in the Middle East, made initial soundings about the Liverpool’s availability while it is understood Newcastle are also a potential target.

But who actually owns each top flight club?

Here, we take you through the wealthy individuals in charge of English football’s biggest names.

Arsenal

Stan Kroenke chats to Arsene Wenger

Owner (or majority shareholder): Stan Kroenke

Nationality: American

Net worth: £6.17billion

Background: Real estate, sports franchises

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment owns a number of American teams and franchises while Stan Kroenke himself is reportedly the ninth biggest land owner in the US. His collection of ranches alone totals 848,631 acres.

Forbes’ latest estimation has Kroenke’s wealth at £6.17billion, while his wife Ann is the heiress to the Walmart fortune.

Uzbek-born mining magnate Alisher Usmanov (£12billion net worth), owns a minority stake in Arsenal.

Bournemouth

Russian billionaire Maxim Demin
Bournemouth’s secretive owner Maxim Demin

Owner (or majority shareholder): Maxim Demin

Nationality: Russian

Net worth: Unknown

Background: Petrochemicals trading

Born in Russia, Demin made his money in petrochemicals trading. He has two properties in England but lives and works in Switzerland.

Little is known about his net worth but it is understood to be in the region of £100million.

Brighton

Brighton owner Tony Bloom

Owner (or majority shareholder): Tony Bloom

Nationality: British

Net worth: Unknown, reported to be £1.3billon

Background: Real estate, online gambling

Bloom made his money making poker and has gone on to invest in a series of other gambling, property and real estate businesses.

He has sunk around £200million into Brighton since taking charge in 2009.

Burnley

Burnley manager Sean Dyche with chairman and owner Mike Garlick

Owner (or majority shareholder): Mike Garlick

Nationality: British

Net worth: Unknown, reported to be £50m

Background: Management consultancy

Garlick is one of the few British owners in the league. He made his money in management consultancy and has his own firm, Michael Bailey Associates.

Garlick owns 49.3 per cent of Burnley while John Banaszkiewicz, also British, owns 27.55 per cent.

Chelsea

Roman Abramovich with Dasha Zhukova at Stamford Bridge
Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge

Owner (or majority shareholder): Roman Abramovich

Nationality: Russian

Net worth: £7.09billion

Background: Oil, steel, mining

Perhaps the most well knowns owner in British sport, Abramovich is one of the world’s wealthiest individuals having amassed a gigantic personal fortune from the oil, steel and mining industries in his native Russia.

In buying Chelsea for some $400million in 2003, Abramovich changed the landscape of English football forever and has gone to bankroll the greatest period of success in the club’s history.

Crystal Palace

Steve Parish, chairman of Crystal Palace

Owner (or majority shareholder): Steve Parish, Joshua Harris, David S.Blitzer

Nationality: British and American

Net worth: Parish – £50million, Harris – £2.44billion, Blitzer – £1billion

Background: Communications, private equity, finance.

Parish is the club’s chairman but all three own 18 per cent. Martin Long, Stephen Browett and Jeremy Hosking all own smaller shares in the club.

A vocal supporter of the club, Parish is a outspoken voice on all things Eagles and regularly converses with fans on social media.

Everton

Farhad Moshiri with Bill Kenwright

Owner (or majority shareholder): Farhad Moshiri

Nationality: British/Iranian

Net worth: £1.83billion

Background: Steel and energy

Moshiri owns 49.9 per cent in Everton having sold his stake in Arsenal last year. Bill Kenwright and Jon Woods own smaller shares of the club.

Moshiri, who often works with Arsenal shareholder Usmanov, trained as an accountant when he was younger and previously worked for the likes of Deloitte and Ernst & Young.

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Owner Dean Hoyle in the stands
Huddersfield Owner Dean Hoyle in the stands

Owner (or majority shareholder): Dean Hoyle

Nationality: British

Net worth: £362million

Background: Greetings cards

Yorkshire born Hoyle made his fortune after founding Card Factory with his wife in 1997. At its peak, the business had more than 500 shops and employed more than 5,000 people.

A lifelong Huddersfield supporter, he became chairman and majority shareholder in June 2009.

Leicester City

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium

Owner (or majority shareholder): The Srivaddhanaprabha family

Nationality: Thai

Net worth: £3.74billion

Background: Travel retail (duty free at airports)

The founder of CEO of King Power Duty Free, Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in August 2010 following a three-year shirt sponsorship deal.

Now chairman with his son, Aiyawatt, vice-chairman he bankrolled the Foxes back into the Premier League and then oversaw the Foxes’ staggering 5000-1 title triumph in 2015/16.

Liverpool

Tom Werner with Jurgen Klopp, John W Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti

Owner (or majority shareholder): John W.Henry

Nationality: American

Net worth: £1.91billion

Background: Sports investment

A prolific sports franchise owner in the US, Henry and the Fenway Sports Group became household names on these shores when they took over Liverpool in 2011.

Fenway Sports Group have put a £1billion price tag on the club amid interest from Middle East investors led by financier Amanda Staveley.

Manchester City

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour

Owner (or majority shareholder): Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Nationality: UAE

Net worth: £20billion

Background: Oil

If Abramovich changed Chelsea then Sheikh Mansour transformed Manchester City in all recognition. In buying them for £200million in 2008, he made City the richest club in English football history overnight.

As chairman of the Abu Dhabi United Group, Mansour has overseen a colossal spend which has seen some of the world’s finest players move to the Etihad.

Manchester United

The Glazer family

Owner (or majority shareholder): The Glazer family

Nationality: American

Net worth: £3.7billion

Background: Real estate, sports teams

After the collapse of the Magnier-McManus ownership, the Glazers first moved in to purchase shares in United in 2003 and after two years of manoeuvring finally established majority control in 2005.

Not at all popular with fans—some even broke away to form FC United of Manchester—their PR only got worse with numerous refinancing efforts with the club and its assets effectively used as collateral.

Malcolm Glazer died aged 85 in 2014 but his death didn’t cause any significant changes in how the club was run with sons Joel and Avram taking control as joint-chairmen.

Newcastle United

Mike Ashley made his money with Sports Direct

Owner (or majority shareholder): Mike Ashley

Nationality: British

Net worth: £2.44billion

Background: Sports clothing

A self-made billionaire Ashley made his fortune in the sportswear industry, specifically the Sports Direct franchise.

Ashley hit the headlines on the back pages when in 2007 he bought a 41 per cent share in Newcastle before going on to acquire a controlling stake when chairman Freddy Shepherd stepped down in 2007.

An intensely private person Ashley has come under fire for his perceived lack of ambition, his reticence to invest fully in the club and his refusal to engage with fans.

Southampton

Gao Jisheng is the majority shareholder at Southampton

Owner (or majority shareholder): Gao Jisheng

Nationality: Chinese

Net worth: Unknown

Background: Real estate, sports teams

Jisheng bought an 80 per cent stake in Southampton earlier this year, ending the Liebherr’s reign at the club.

Katherine Liebherr inherited the club from her father in 2010 but sold all but 20 per cent of her share to Chinese businessman Jisheng in August.

Stoke City

Peter Coates

Owner (or majority shareholder): The Coates family

Nationality: British

Net worth: £2.36billion

Background: Gambling

The Coates family owns a number of businesses but their most famous and successful one is bookmaker Bet365.

The Coates family first owned Stoke City between 1989 and 1997 before selling to the Stoke Holding consortium. They bought the club back in 2006 and have owned it ever since.

Swansea City

Swansea owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien

Owner (or majority shareholder): Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien

Nationality: American

Net worth: Unknown

Background: Sports ownership

The American consortium led by Kaplan and Levien took charge in 2016 after buying a 60 per cent stake for a reported £110million.

The Swansea Supporters Trust owns 21.1 per cent in the club.

Tottenham

Tottenham owener Joe Lewis speaks to Chairman Daniel Levy
Tottenham owner Joe Lewis speaks to chairman Daniel Levy

Owner (or majority shareholder): Joe Lewis

Nationality: British

Net worth: £4.35billion

Background: Events, real estate, currency trading, financial services

Lewis was born to a poor family in east London in the 1930s. He left school aged 15 but rose to become Britain’s sixth wealthiest man (2016).

Lewis owns 70.6 per cent of Spurs while chairman Daniel Levy owns the remaining 29.4 per cent.

Watford

Watford owners Gino Pozzo and his father Giampaolo Pozzo

Owner (or majority shareholder): Pozzo family

Nationality: Italian

Net worth: Unknown, reported to be £120million

Background: Building tools

Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo owns Serie A club Udinese and fronted the takeover of Watford. It is his son Gino, however, that runs the Premier League club.

The family previously owned Spanish club Granada but sold that recently to Chinese investors.

West Brom

West Bromwich Albion owner Guochuan Lai
West Bromwich Albion owner Guochuan Lai

Owner (or majority shareholder): Guochuan Lai

Nationality: Chinese

Net worth: £4.73billion

Background: Sports

Lai claims he has supported the Baggies since he was a child when they did a tour of the Far East.

After completing his takeover last year, he said: “I am excited and privileged to have the chance to become the new owner of this great club. My immediate priorities will be to maintain the club’s stable structure, respecting its well-run nature and its heritage. I have no intention of changing the club’s ethos.”

West Ham

David Gold (right) and David Sullivan

Owner (or majority shareholder): David Sullivan

Nationality: British

Net worth: £396million

Background: Pornography

Alongside partner in crime David Gold, Sullivan took control of West Ham in 2010 acquiring a 51.1 per cent stake in the club, with Karren Brady joining as vice-chairman.

Previously famous for his porn empire Sullivan has gone to negotiate the Hammers’ controversial switch to the Olympic Stadium from the start of the 2016 season.

Gold owns 35.1 per cent of the club.

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