In 2021 money plays a big role in football. All you have to do is look at the fortunes of Manchester City, PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea to understand how financial power can benefit clubs.
With Newcastle United’s proposed takeover now completed, it is a good opportunity to go ahead and look at how the owners of the club’s line up in terms of wealth. We’ll also find out where the new Newcastle United owners will be on the list.
- 1 10. Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£2.9bn)
- 2 9. Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£3.36bn)
- 3 8. Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.5bn)
- 4 7. Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.6bn)
- 5 6. Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£4.5bn)
- 6 5.Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.3bn)
- 7 4. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.35bn)
- 8 3. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6bn)
- 9 2. Man City – Sheikh Mansour (£22.9bn)
- 10 1. Newcastle United – Saudi Arabia PIF (£320 billion)
10. Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£2.9bn)
The Foxes are now regulars in the race for European spots, and the Srivaddhanaprabha family is primarily responsible for the change. They are loved by the fans and the players and share a special relationship with both of them, as owners of the club.
9. Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£3.36bn)
While Joshua Harris only owns 18% of the stakes of Crystal Palace, he is among the richest owners in the Premier League. He also owns stakes in the NBA team Philadelphia 76ers and NHL team New Jersey Devils.
8. Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.5bn)
The Glazers are arguably one of the most unpopular owners in the Premier League, and there have been multiple protests from Manchester United fans to get them out of charge. Regardless, they are set at the club and don’t seem to be interested in giving up their position anytime soon.
7. Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.6bn)
Joe Lewis owns 70.6% of the English National Investment Company that bought controlling stakes from Lord Alan Sugar in 2001. Despite being in charge for twenty years now, silverware has not quite found its way towards Spurs as the investors hoped they would.
6. Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£4.5bn)
Much like Leicester, Wolves stepped up from the Championship to make it to the Europa League under Nuno Espirito Santo, after the investment from their new Chinese owners. Since 2016, Guangchang has invested heavily in the club and has also invested in healthcare, pharmaceutical companies, mining and steel.
5.Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.3bn)
Sawiris bought 55% of stakes from previous owner Tony Xia in 2018 and is a member of one of the richest families in Egypt. Villa have since enjoyed a revival, making it back to the Premier League and boasting of one of the most balanced squads in the league.
4. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.35bn)
Despite being one of the top three richest owners in the Premier League, Kroenke has a general ignorance towards Arsenal that has enraged the fans of the club time and time again. The North London club are nowhere close to what they once were, and are currently out of European football as well.
3. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6bn)
Ever since the Russian took charge of Chelsea, they have been transformed into one of the best clubs in the world. Not only is Chelsea one of the most successful clubs in England, but is also among the best run clubs as a business.
2. Man City – Sheikh Mansour (£22.9bn)
The takeover was completed in 2008, and Manchester City have established itself as a dominant force in England ever since. Sheikh Mansour has invested billions in the club, and that has resulted in five Premier League titles and a Champions League final in 13 years.
1. Newcastle United – Saudi Arabia PIF (£320 billion)
After it was officially announced by the club last night, the new owners of Newcastle United are by far and wide the richest owners in the Premier League. They are backed by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and are set to make massive investments in the years to come.