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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Stan Kroenke
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Maxim Demin
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Tony Bloom
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Mike Garlick
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Roman Abramovich
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.
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Farhad Moshiri
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Dean Hoyle
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): The Srivaddhanaprabha family
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): John W.Henry
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Net worth: £20billion
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): The Glazer family
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Mike Ashley
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Gao Jisheng
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): The Coates family
Net worth: £2.36billion
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Joe Lewis
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Pozzo family
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.
Owner (or majority shareholder): Guochuan Lai
Net worth: £4.73billion
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.”
Owner (or majority shareholder): David Sullivan
Net worth: £396million
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.