They say money makes the world go round and it can certainly help when it comes to transfers, but the richest owners aren’t always the top performers when it comes to football.
Manchester City have rather ridiculed the idea of a true Premier League title race this season, with a 10-point lead already in February.
Many will argue that this is inevitable given the purchasing power City still have and the fact that they were able to overtake their recent title rivals Liverpool last summer amid the pandemic.
Most won’t be surprised to know that City owner Sheikh Mansour is the richest club owner in world football.
However, that doesn’t prove that money instantly equates to success, as some on the list certainly haven’t brought guaranteed silver to their teams. (Figures via Sport Mob)
10. Robert Kraft – New England Revolution, MLS – $ 6.9 billion
=. Zhang Jindong – Inter, Serie A – $ 8 billion
8. Nasser Al-Khelaifi – PSG, Ligue 1 – $ 8 billion
7. Stan Kroenke – Arsenal / Colorado Rapid, Premier League / MLS – $ 8.3 billion
6. Philip Anschutz – LA Galaxy, MLS – $ 10.1 billion
5. Roman Abramovich – Chelsea, Premier League – $ 12.5 billion
4. Dietmar Hopp – Hoffenheim, Bundesliga – $ 18.5 billion
3. Andrea Agnelli – Juventus, Serie A – 19.1 milliards de dollars
2. Dietrich Mateschitz – RB Leipzig / Red Bull Salzburg, German Bundesliga / Austrian Bundesliga – $ 26.9 billion
1. Sheikh Mansour – Manchester City, Premier League – $ 30 billion
Since Mansour, via City Football Group, bought the club in 2008 for £ 210million, the club have enjoyed incredible success.
The club have won four Premier League tiles, their first league title since 1968, have been a three-time finalist and have won two FA Cups and five League Cups.
They seem certain to win a fifth league title this year, but the Champions League remains the club’s holy grail.
On the other side of success is the fact that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is so high on the list in seventh place, even though he hasn’t won much with the Gunners.
The American has owned 62.89% of the club’s shares since 2011 and bought out second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov in 2018, but they’ve only won four FA Cups during that time, which is more successful than many, but they don’t. are not close to winning the league.