Richest Premier League Owners (2023) – See The Top 10

Richest Premier League Owners (2023) – See The Top 10
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Discover the top 10 richest Premier League owners, from Saudi Arabian investment funds to American business magnates. Explore their vast net worth and the diverse industries that contribute to their financial empires. Learn about the individuals behind these football clubs and the controversies surrounding their ownership in the world's most popular league.

It's widely recognized that the English Premier League (EPL) stands as one of the globe's most financially potent national football league. A significant majority, if not the entirety, of its clubs are under the ownership of affluent tycoons hailing from diverse corners of the world. These astute investors represent a global spectrum, with origins spanning China, the United States, Russia, and the Middle East.

Even the shores of Nigeria, and indeed the entirety of Africa, have not been immune to the allure of EPL ownership. Rumors once danced through the air, hinting at the possibility that Aliko Dangote, Africa's wealthiest magnate, harbored ambitions of acquiring Arsenal Football Club. Furthermore, the distinguished figure of Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and former Governor of Abia State, pondered over the prospect of securing a 35% stake in Arsenal FC. These instances underscore the potential for the wealthiest Premier League owners to emerge from the African continent as well.

Now, let's embark on a journey through the ranks of the richest Premier League owners. However, before we delve into this riveting exploration, let's acquaint ourselves with the present custodians of English football clubs, accompanied by their approximate net worth where information is available.

List of Premier League owners

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Arsenal – Stan Kroenke

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $12.9B

Source of Wealth: Commercial Property Owner of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and Walmart.

Aston Villa – Wes Edens & Nassef Sawiris

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $11.9B

Source of Wealth: Investment and Industry Co-owners through Fortress Investment Group.

Bournemouth – William P. Foley

Estimated Net Worth: $1.6BSource of Wealth: Fidelity National Financial, Vegas Golden Knights

Brentford – Matthew Benham

Estimated Net Worth: $280M

Source of Wealth: Gambling Firms Founder of gambling firms.

Brighton & Hove Albion- Tony Bloom

Estimated Net Worth: $1.3B

Source of Wealth: Online Gambling, Property, Land Development & Investments

Burnley – Alan Pace

Estimated Ownership Stake: 50.38%

Source of Wealth: ALK Capital LLC

Chelsea – Clearlake Capital Group (Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano), Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss, Mark Walter

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $15.8B

Source of Wealth: Investment Consortium Owners from Clearlake Capital Group, Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss, and Mark Walter.

Crystal Palace – Steve Parish, Josh Harris, David Blitzer, John Textor

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $5.5B

Source of Wealth: Private Equity

Everton – Farhad Moshiri

Estimated Ownership Stake: 94% Estimated Net Worth: $2.9B

Source of Wealth: Steel and Energy, Theatre Production

Fulham – Shahid Khan

Estimated Net Worth: $7.9B

Source of Wealth: Flex-N-Gate Corp (Automobile Parts Manufacturer), Jacksonville Jaguars, All Elite Wrestling

Liverpool – John W. Henry, Tom Werner

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $9.8B

Source of Wealth: Fenway Sports Group

Luton Town – Luton Town Football Club 2020 Limited

Ownership: Supporter-owned

Manchester City – Abu Dhabi United Group (81%), Silver Lake (18%), China Media Capital, China CITIC Group (1%)

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $22B

Source of Wealth: Sovereign Wealth Investments

Manchester United – Glazer Family

Estimated Net Worth: $4.7B

Source of Wealth: First Allied Corporation, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Newcastle United – Public Investment Fund (80%), RB Sports & Media (10%), PCP Capital Partners (10%)

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $620B

Source of Wealth: Sovereign Wealth

Nottingham Forest – Evangelos Marinakis

Estimated Net Worth: $620M

Source of Wealth: Capital Maritime & Trading Corp

Sheffield United – Abdullah bin Musa'ed

Estimated Net Worth: $200M

Source of Wealth: Saudi Paper Manufacturing Co.

Tottenham Hotspur – Joe Lewis, Daniel Levy

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $5.8B

Source of Wealth: Currency Trading

West Ham United – David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $7.3B

Source of Wealth: Daily Sport, Sunday Sport, EPH

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Guo Guangchang, Liang Xinjun, Wang Qunbin

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $6.9B

Source of Wealth: Fosun International

List Of EFL Championship Owners

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Birmingham City – Tom Wagner

Ownership Stake: 45.6%

Source of Wealth: Knighthead Capital Management

Blackburn Rovers – Anuradha Jitendra Desai, Banda Venkatesh Rao, Banda Balaji Rao

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $2B

Source of Wealth: Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group

Bristol City – Stephen Lansdown

Estimated Net Worth: $2.6B

Source of Wealth: Hargreaves Lansdown

Cardiff City – Vincent Tan

Ownership Stake: 51% Estimated Net Worth: $750M

Source of Wealth: Berjaya Group

Coventry City – Doug King

Ownership: 100%

Source of Wealth: YELO Enterprises, RCMA Capital

Huddersfield Town – Kevin M. Nagle

Estimated Net Worth: $500M

Source of Wealth: Health Care and Pharmacy

Hull City – Acun Ilıcalı

Source of Wealth: Acun Medya

Ipswich Town – Gamechangers 2020

Source of Wealth: American Pension Fund

Leeds United – York Family

Estimated Net Worth: $5.1B

Source of Wealth: San Francisco 49ers, DeBartolo Corporation

Leicester City – The Srivaddhanaprabha Family

Estimated Net Worth: $3.5B

Source of Wealth: King Power International Group

Middlesbrough – Steve Gibson

Estimated Net Worth: $263M

Source of Wealth: Bulkhaul Limited

Millwall – John Berylson, Richard Smith

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $175M

Source of Wealth: Chestnut Hill Ventures

Norwich City – Delia Smith, Michael Wynn-Jones, Mark Attanasio

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $30M

Source of Wealth: Food Industry, Publishing Poultry

Plymouth Argyle – Simon Hallett

Ownership Stake: 97%

Source of Wealth: Investment

Preston North End – Trevor Hemmings CVO

Ownership Stake: 51.4% Estimated Net Worth: $1.4B

Source of Wealth: Blackpool Tower, horse racing, investment, Northern Trust, Sportech

Queens Park Rangers – Tony Fernandes, Lakshmi Mittal

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $15.5B

Source of Wealth: Air Asia, Tune Group, ArcelorMittal

Rotherham United – Tony Stewart, Joan Stewart

Ownership Stake: 49%, 46% Estimated Combined Net Worth: $180M

Source of Wealth: Lighting Industry

Sheffield Wednesday – Dejphon Chansiri

Estimated Net Worth: $575M

Source of Wealth: Thai Union Group

Southampton – Sport Republic, Katharina Liebherr

Ownership Stake: 80%, 20% Estimated Net Worth: $1.3B

Source of Wealth: Inheritance, United Group

Stoke City – The Coates Family

Estimated Net Worth: $9.4B

Source of Wealth: Bet365

Sunderland – Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, Juan Sartori, Stewart Donald

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $2.1B

Source of Wealth: Louis-Dreyfus Group

Swansea City – Stephen Kaplan, Jason Levien, Swansea City Supporters Trust

Ownership Stake: 68%, 21.1%

Source of Wealth: Memphis Grizzlies, D.C. United, Investment Trust

Watford – Gino Pozzo

Estimated Net Worth: $120M

Source of Wealth: Investment

West Bromwich Albion – Guochuan Lai

Ownership Stake: 87.8%

Source of Wealth: Investmen

List of League One Owners                          

Barnsley – Neerav Parekh, The Cryne Family, Julie Anne Quay, Chien Lee, Pacific Media Group

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $9.1B

Source of Wealth: NewCity Capital, Pacific Media Group, Pidilite Industries

Blackpool – Simon Sadler

Ownership Stake: 96.2%

Source of Wealth: Asset Management

Bolton Wanderers – Football Ventures (Whites) Ltd

Estimated Net Worth: $60M

Bristol Rovers – Jordan Wael al-Qadi

Ownership: 100% Estimated Net Worth: $550M

Source of Wealth: Banking and Tourism

Burton Albion – Ben Robinson

Ownership Stake: 98%

Source of Wealth: Undisclosed

Cambridge United – Paul Barry, Adam Webb, Mark Green

Ownership: 70%, 10%, 20%

Source of Wealth: Hospitality, Technology, Property

Carlisle United – Andrew Jenkins, John Nixon, Steven Pattison, The United Trust

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $23M

Source of Wealth: Pioneer Foods, Businessman (Retired), Carlisle Glass, Investment Trust

Charlton Athletic – Charlie Methven, Gabriel Brener, Joshua Friedman

Source of Wealth: Consultancy, Investments

Cheltenham Town – Simon Keswick, CTFC Investments Ltd, Paul Baker, Robins Trust (Cheltenham Town Supporters Society Ltd)

Source of Wealth: Finance, Undisclosed, Insurance, Supporters Trust

Derby County – David Clowes

Estimated Net Worth: £252M

Source of Wealth: Property Development

Exeter City – Exeter City FC Supporters' Trust – Trust Ownership Working Group

Source of Ownership: Supporters Trust

Fleetwood Town – Andy Pilley

Ownership Stake: 98% Estimated Net Worth: $120M

Source of Wealth: BES Group

Leyton Orient – Eagle Investments 2017 Ltd

Estimated Net Worth: $38M

Lincoln City – Lincoln City Holdings Ltd, Harvey Jabara

Source of Ownership: England, United States

Northampton Town – Kelvin Thomas, David Bower

Source of Ownership: England

Oxford United – Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth

Source of Ownership: Thailand

Peterborough United – Darragh MacAnthony, Kelgary Sports and Entertainment

Ownership: 50%, 50%

Source of Ownership: Republic of Ireland, Canada

Port Vale – Carol Shanahan, Kevin Shanahan

Source of Wealth: Synectics Solutions, Fintech and Investments

Portsmouth – Michael Eisner

Estimated Net Worth: $1B

Source of Wealth: Media; former CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Tornante

Reading – Dai Yongge, Dai Xiu Li

Estimated Combined Net Worth: $950M

Source of Wealth: Renhe Commercial Holdings Company Limited

Shrewsbury Town – Roland Wycherley

Estimated Net Worth: $17M

Stevenage – Phil Wallace

Ownership Stake: 91% Estimated Net Worth: $90M

Source of Wealth: Lamex Food Group

Wigan Athletic – Mike Danson

Estimated Net Worth: $1.63B

Source of Wealth: Media: GlobalData

Wycombe Wanderers – Rob Couhig, Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust

Ownership: 75%, 25%

Source of Ownership: United States, Supporters Trust

List of League Two Owners

Accrington Stanley – Andy Holt

Source of Wealth: What More UK

AFC Wimbledon – Wimbledon Football Club Supporters' Society (The Dons Trust)

Source of Ownership: Supporters Trust

Barrow – Tony Shearer, Paul Hornby, Kristian Wilkes, Mark Hetherington, Bluebirds Trust

Ownership: 40%, 20%, 20%, 10%, 10%

Source of Ownership: England

Bradford City – Stefan Rupp

Ownership Stake: 77.5% Estimated Net Worth: $130M

Source of Wealth: Investment

Colchester United – Robbie Cowling

Estimated Net Worth: $55M

Source of Wealth: JobServe

Crawley Town – WAGMI United LLC

Source of Ownership: United States

Source of Wealth: Venture Capital

Crewe Alexandra – Norman Hassall Hassall, Daniel Potts

Ownership: 32% of 60% holding company

Source of Ownership: England Source of Wealth: The Rowlinson Group

Doncaster Rovers – John Ryan, Dick Watson, Terry Bramall

Ownership: Various Source of Ownership: England, Scotland Source of Wealth: MYA Cosmetic Surgery, Construction, Keepmoat

Forest Green Rovers – Dale Vince, Héctor Bellerín

Estimated Net Worth: $120M

Gillingham – Brad Galinson (majority shareholder)

Ownership: United States Source of Ownership: Property

Grimsby Town – 1878 Partners, The Mariners Trust, Mike Parker

Ownership: 63%, 14%, 11%

Source of Ownership: England

Harrogate Town – Irving Weaver

Source of Wealth: Property

Mansfield Town – John Radford

Estimated Net Worth: $38M

Milton Keynes Dons – Pete Winkelman

Estimated Net Worth: $200M

Source of Wealth: InterMK Group

Morecambe – Bond Group Investments Limited (80% major shareholder)

Ownership: 80%

Source of Ownership: England

Newport County – Newport County AFC Supporters Trust

Source of Ownership: Supporters Trust

Notts County – Alexander Reedtz, Christoffer Reedtz

Source of Ownership: Denmark Source of Wealth: Football Radar

Salford City – Peter Lim, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham

Estimated Net Worth: $2.9B

Stockport County – Mark Stott

Source of Wealth: Property Investment

Sutton United – Garry Otto, Nawaf Al Shammari

Ownership: Investment Group Source of Ownership: South Africa, Saudi Arabia

Swindon Town – Clem Morfuni

Estimated Net Worth: $200M

Source of Wealth: Australia

Tranmere Rovers – Mark Palios

Ownership: Indonesia Source of Ownership: Santini Group

Walsall – Benjamin Boycott

Ownership: Canada, United States Source of Ownership: Trivela Group LLC

Wrexham – Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney

Ownership: Canada, United States Source of Ownership: Entertainment

Top 10 Richest Premier League Owners

Here is the list of the top 10 richest Premier League owners along with their estimated net worth and a brief description:

1) Newcastle United – Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund

Newcastle United owner Mohammad bin Salman.
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Estimated Net Worth: £320 billion

After 13 years of Mike Ashley at the helm, Newcastle are essentially now owned by the Saudi Arabian state. The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund invests on behalf of the country's government. Chaired by the controversial Mohammed bin Salman, the St James' Park outfit is run by some of the world's most powerful people. They are richest premier league owners.

2) Manchester City – Sheikh Mansour

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed
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Estimated Net Worth: £22.9 billion

Sheikh Mansour bought City in September 2008, immediately transforming them into a global powerhouse. He is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and comes from the royal family of Abu Dhabi. 

3) Chelsea – Todd Boehly

Prospective Chelsea owner Todd Boehly
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Estimated Net Worth: £10.9 billion 

Todd Boehly is the Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Elridge Industries, and owns interests in other sports teams, contributing to his substantial net worth.

4) Arsenal – Stan Kroenke

Arsenal's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke (left) and Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick
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Estimated Net Worth: £6.8 billion

Stan Kroenke is an American businessman who owns a global network of sports teams, including the LA Rams and Arsenal. His investments span real estate development, shopping centers, and more.

5) Fulham – Shahid Khan

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan
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Estimated Net Worth: £5.8 billion

Shahid Khan also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars and is co-owner of All Elite Wrestling. He purchased auto parts supplier Flex-N-Gate.

6) Wolves – Guo Guangchang

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Estimated Net Worth: £5.2 billion

Guo Guangchang is the head of Fosun International, a conglomerate based in China. Fosun acquired Wolves and quickly transformed the club's fortunes, expanding from market research to becoming a major investment firm.

7) Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris

Estimated Net Worth: £5 billion

Nassef Sawiris stepped in to save Aston Villa from financial trouble, becoming a controlling stakeholder. He is the CEO of the Orascom conglomerate and has investments in various industries, including a stake in Adidas.

8) Leicester City – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha

 Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Chairman of Leicester City with Youri Tielemans of Leicester City
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Estimated Net Worth: £4.6 billion

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the son of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, oversees King Power, Thailand's largest duty-free retailer. He inherited Leicester City and has continued his father's legacy, investing in both the club and the city.

9) Tottenham Hotspur – Joe Lewis

Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis
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Estimated Net Worth: £3.9 billion

Joe Lewis is the main shareholder of ENIC Group, which controls Tottenham Hotspur. He oversees the day-to-day running of the club as managing director of ENIC, while owning a significant stake in the investment company.

10) Manchester United – The Glazer Family

Sir Jim Ratcliffe at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.
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Estimated Net Worth: £3.6 billion

The Glazer Family acquired Manchester United in 2003, having previously been involved in sports investments, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their ownership has been met with controversy, and the family's involvement in running the club has continued even after Malcolm Glazer's passing.

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.