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The 10 richest football club owners in the world

April 20, 2020 at 9:40 PM by Thomas

Two officiate in Ligue 1, in the list of the 10 richest football owners on the planet.

They are two from Ligue 1, in the top 10 richest football club owners on the planet in 2020. And the Pinaults, father and son on the podium, with the Stade Rennais which they have already had for several years (1998). The Breton family owes its success to the luxury and clothing sector, via the Kering group (Gucci, Veneta, Yves Saint-Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen …), it is based on a fortune estimated at $ 27 billion, at the end of March 2020.

Two leaders of Ligue 1 in the top 10 in 2020

Dmitry Rybolovlev is also in the top 10, he is ninth with a fortune given to $ 6.6 billion by Forbes. Formerly in the potash trade, he withdrew from the market after selling his shares in the Urakali company. Football or art are now favorite fields for the Russian businessman. Real Oviedo in Spain has the richest owner in world football. Formerly the world’s largest fortune (he fell, 16th in 2020), the Mexican Carlos Slim saved the club from bankruptcy in 2012, by becoming its main shareholder. However, he is more of a patron than a true boss of the franchise. He did not take it over in his own name, but through one of his companies.

Carlos Slim at the top, Dietrich Mateschitz in the middle

On average, a figure in the top 10 richest football owners has an estimated $ 18 billion in fortune. That is to say the close equivalent of the heritage of Dietrich Mateschitz, THE man behind the Red Bull cans and all the spin-off companies (football, formula 1, extreme sports…). The Austrian has made sport a powerful means of promotion, going far beyond mere sponsorship. Felix Baumgartner’s record, launched from the plummeting stratosphere, is associated with the Austrian brand. Mateschitz is the head of several football teams: Red Bull New York and Salzburg (where the group is based), RB Leipzig and Red Bull Bragantino, in Brazil.

This ranking finally distinguishes individual owners and investment funds, such as Qatar at PSG or Saudi Arabia, in the process of taking over the Newcastle club. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the head of the United Arab Emirates is differently, in his name, at the head of the City Football Group, notably behind the Manchester City club.

The 10 richest football club owners in the world

1. Carlos Slim (Real Oviedo) = 52.1 million dollars
2. Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Manchester City, New York City FC, Melbourne City FC…) = 30 Mrd$
3. Francois Pinault (Stade Rennais) = $ 27 billion
4. Dietrich Mateschitz (RB Leipzig, Salzburg, New York, Bragantino) = $ 16.5 billion
5. Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) = 11.3 Mrd$
6. Philip Anschutz (LA Galaxy) = $ 11 billion
7. Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) = 10 Mrd$
8. Shahid Khan (Fulham) = 7,8 Mrd$
9. Zhang Jindong (Inter Milan, Suning Jiangsu) = 7,7 Mrd$
10. Dmitry Rybolovlev (AS Monaco) = 6,6 Mrd$