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Richest football club owners in the world

In today's world, football is not just a sport but a money-making business. In this sport, club owners are among the richest people in the world. Join us in this article to review the richest football club owners in the world.

A trendy sport that fans are passionate about watching is football. Almost 4 billion people are reportedly lovers of football globally.

Football is extremely profitable because of the massive audience for this captivating sport, the television agreements, and the sponsorship deals. Throughout the globe, owning a football team is a lucrative business.

Several millionaires have entered this industry. Given that you may earn a lot of money in the football industry, wealthy people who have amassed a substantial financial fortune through a variety of employment choices invest some of their money in the sport. In addition to financial gain, owning a club earns its owners prestige and reputation.

Richest Soccer Team Owners in the World

Let's take a look at the list of richest soccer club owners in the world.

Sheikh Mansour (Man City, Melbourne City, New York City, Mumbai City FC)

  • Net worth:

    $30 billion

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, an Emirati politician, is one of the richest football club owners in the world. His fortune, is estimated at around 23 billion, as of 2023. As well as

Manchester City

in England, he owns

Melbourne City

in Australia,

New York City

in the United States, Mumbai City in India, and Montevideo City in Uruguay.

Sheikh Mansour, the deputy prime minister of the UAE, owns stocks in many companies in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and by joining Manchester City in 2008, he reformed the club and changed the financial situation of the England club.

Manchester City, has been overshadowed by

Manchester United

, their hometown rival, for many years, even in 2007 when Thaksin Shinawatra bought the club shares, no change was made.

Immediately after the acquisition of the English club, the new and Arab owner of Manchester City invested € 440 million in the club, and by the middle of the 2012 season, this amount increased to € 900 million. In the 2011/12 season, the club finally became champions of the Premier League since 1968.

Sheikh Mansour's net worth is estimated at around $30 billion, making him one of the

richest football team owners in the world. 

Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig, NY Red Bulls)

  • Net worth

    : $26.9 billion

Dietrich Mateschitz, an Austrian billionaire, is one of the richest club owners in the world. He studied marketing at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Finally, he graduated at the age of 28. After graduation, he worked in the Blendax, the German cosmetics company, as an International Marketing Director.

He owns Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, Austrian club

Red Bull Salzburg

and MLS side

New York Red Bulls


During one of his trips to Thailand, he was introduced to a sweet and savory drink that has largely relieved his fatigue, caused by flight delays. He searched for its owner and found him, and in partnership with a Thai man, the Red Bulls was founded.                                                             

The 78-year-old is a wealthy man and rarely speaks out in public and keeps himself out of the reach of the media.

Andrea Agnelli & family (Juventus)

  • Net worth:

    $19.1 billion

The Agnelli family, the owners of


, are one of the

richest soccer club owners in the world.

Andrea Agnelli, the chairman of Juventus, as well as Executive Member, and Chairman of the European Club Association, was born on December 6, 1975, is one of the most popular current owners of Juventus.

He was one of Oxford University's most successful economics students, as well as a student at Bocconi University in Milan. He started his work very soon and became one of the most experienced Juventus owners inside and outside Italy.

Andrea like his father, who was also the president of Juventus from 1955 to 1962, was very interested in Juventus Turin and worked in the club's financial and administrative department from a young age.

In 2010, Andrea Agnelli replaced Jean-Claude Blanc as the new president of the club.

An Italian man who is one of the richest football club owners in the world is also a board member of FIAT and Exor.

Agnelli family now owns a majority stake of Fiat. Fiat is only part of the family's assets.

Dietmar Hopp (Hoffenheim)

  • Net worth:

    $18.5 billion

Dietmar Hopp, a German billionaire, and entrepreneur is very successful in the field of software. He was ranked 72nd in Forbes Magazine's 2020 list of the richest people in the world and is the eighth richest person in Germany thanks to a fortune from the software company SAP. A German billionaire is one of the

richest football club owners in the world.

Hopp was born in April 1940 and grew up in Hoffenheim, which is a small village in Southern Germany. 

After high school, Dietmar studied telecommunications engineering in Karlsruhe until 1966, after which for several years, he worked as a software developer and system consultant at IBM. He left IBM in 1972 and co-founded the software company SAP (Systems, Applications, Products), with four of his colleagues. He was the CEO of SAP from 1988 to 1998, and chairman of the company's supervisory board until 2003.

Hopp is one of the main shareholder of the German


football team, where he played football as a teenager. Hoffenheim was initially a local team, that grew with Hopp's significant investments, and eventually, in 2008, this team entered the Bundesliga.

But why is Dietmar Hopp, who is one of the

richest club owners in the world,

hated in Bundesliga stadiums?

Part of the fans of German football who have always opposed the over-commercialization of football occasionally chanted anti-Hopp slogans in stadiums. They believe that he bought success in football.

Philip Anschutz (LA Galaxy)

  • Net worth

    : $10.1 billion

Philip Anschutz, who was born on December 28, 1939, is an American entrepreneur.

An American billionaire is one of the

richest football club owners in the world.

He owns many companies, such as railroads, sports, theaters, arenas, and music. Anschutz bought his father's drilling company, Circle E. Drilling, in 1961 and made a lot of money in Wyoming. 

He invested in stocks, real estate, and railroads. He then began investing in entertainment companies, co-founding the Major League Soccer, as well as numerous teams like the

Los Angeles Galaxy

Football Club, the

Chicago Fire

, the Houston Dynamo Football Club, the San Jose Earthquakes Club, and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars Football Club.

The 83-year-old American billionaire's net worth is estimated at around $10.1 billion, making him one of the

richest soccer team owners in the world.

Stan Kroenke (Arsenal, Colorado Rapids)

  • Net worth

    : $8.3 billion

Stan Kroenke an American entrepreneur, was born July 29, 1947, in Columbia, Missouri. An American billionaire is one of the

richest team owners in the world.

Stan owns the Kroenke Sports Company (KSE), which includes the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Colorado Rapids of the MLS, Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL), and Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League (NLL, Lacrosse), and the St. Louis Club of the National Football League (NFL, American Football).

The American billionaire entered a new arena in April 2007 and bought a 9.9% stake in


from Granada Ventures, and for the first time pursued a business outside the United States.

Stan Kroenke currently is the main shareholder of Arsenal.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi (PSG)

  • Net worth

    : $8 billion

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, a Qatari businessman, is one of the richest football club owners in the world. He was born on 12 November 1973, in Qatar.

He studied Economics at Qatar University and played for the Qatari tennis team for 5 years. He has been the president of the Qatar Tennis Federation since 2008.

He was a professional tennis player, and in 2002, when he finished his career, he was ranked 995th in the world rankings. In 2011, After Qatar Sports Investments bought

Paris Saint-Germain

, Nasser al-Khelaife was elected as its chairman.

He bought big stars such as Neymar, Ibrahimovic, Cavani, and Kylian Mbappe for the club and as well as winning most football trophies in the history of the club. In 2015, Al-Khelaifi changed the club's seats for $100 million. He also broke the record for the most expensive transfer in football history by buying Neymar for Paris Saint-Germain.

Al-Khelaifi, who is vice president of the Asian Tennis Federation for West Asia, is one of the richest team owners in the world, and one of the 240 richest people in the world.

Zhang Jindong (Inter)

  • Net worth

    : $8.1 billion

Zhang Jindong, a chines billionaire, is one of the football club owners in the world. He is the main owner and shareholder of Inter-Club. Zhang is an entrepreneur whose company has many subsidiaries of football clubs.

In 2016, Massimo Morti sold all 29.5% of his shares and left

Inter Milan

completely after 21 years, and the Chinese ownership of Inter began. The 60-year-old owner of Inter Milan is the largest shareholder of the Suning.com.

He studied at Nanjing Normal University and also is the second-largest shareholder Suning Appliance Group.

In 2018, Zhang Jindong's son, Steve, became the youngest president in the history of the club.

Zhang Jindong's net worth is estimated at around $8.1 billion, making him one of the

richest football team owners in the world.

Robert Kraft (New England Revolution)

  • Net worth

    : $6.9 billion

Robert Kraft, who was born on June 5, 1941, in Massachusetts, a chairman, and CEO of the Kraft Group, is one of the richest football club owners in the world. He has invested in various industries, including sports, entertainment, manufacturing, and real estate. 

The 81-year-old American businessman owns National Football League's New England Patriots, Major League Soccer's

New England Revolution.

The two teams play at Stadium Gillette Stadium, which is one of his assets.

Robert Kraft's net worth is around $6.9 billion, making him one of the richest football club owners in the world.

Mohammed bin Salman (Newcastle United F.C.)

  • Net Worth

    : 320 billion

In October 2021, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund completed a transaction that had been delayed by the Premier League just six months earlier by purchasing an 80% share in Newcastle.

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is in charge of the Public Investment Fund, whose governor, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, has been named Newcastle chairman.

With a net worth of a staggering 1.3 trillion pounds, Bin Salman literally has the wealth of the Saudi Arabian royal family behind him.

This exciting sport is moving further away from its traditional model, with the influx of wealthy investors into football. What do you think about the fact that this popular sport is becoming more and more like a business? Comment us your views?

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