Sports clubs are kind of organizations of athletic members who participate in the various sports leagues in the world. These are one of the largest commercial networks which are consisting of popular professional players who represent their particular clubs in popular sports leagues and have a huge viewership throughout the world. Signing the top players cost these clubs a huge amount of money every year. The eminent clubs are always willing to take the risk as they all know that with the popular names associated with them, people will watch the game with much more interest. As a result, all these renowned sports clubs earn a great deal of money.
Today, Sporty Ghost brings to you the list of Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners. Not necessarily, all they had to be sportsmen to be an owner of a sport club, majority of them are high business tycoons. In fact, all of them are not only sports fan but also some intelligent money investors.
Top 10 Richest Sports Club Owners in the World
10. Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis is a British businessman who currently owns the English professional football club, Tottenham Hotspur of English Premier League. He is a billionaire with an estimated wealth of $4.2 billion. Joe Lewis is enlisted as the ninth wealthiest person in United Kingdom, according to Forbes. He has established himself as a currency trader back in 1980s and 1990s. He currently lives in Bahamas as a tax exile.
But still, he is an active FX trader. The event, Black Wednesday was thought to be the main reason behind Joe Lewis’s incredible source money. Currently, he is in a process of opening a multi-building center for medical science near Orlando, this year.
9. Micky Arison
Micky Arison, an Israeli-born American businessman who is currently the owner of NBA’s Miami Heat. Micky is acting as the chairman of Carnival Corporation, which is the largest cruise operator of the world. He was also the CEO of this company, from 1979 to 2013, and then replaced by Arnold W. Donald, who also had served the company for 12 years. Ted Arison, the son of Micky Arison, is the co-founder of Carnival Corporation.
Micky Arison owns two 200 feet long yachts, which have been his home for many years. Likewise, many other big bosses in the world, Micky was also a drop out from University of Miami. He is the 169th wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes in 2011, with the estimated $5.9 billion money into his account. Micky Arison’s trump card LeBron James is one of the highest paid athletes in the recent time in sports.
8. Richard DeVos
Richard DeVos is the 60th wealthiest person in the United States and 205th in the world, according to the Forbes’ list in 2012. With a net worth of around $5 billion, Richard DeVos is the owner of Orlando Magic in NBA. The American businessman ranks 8th in our list of top 10 richest sports clubs owners in the world. Along with Jay Van Andel, he is the co-founder of Amway group. It is a multi-purpose American company, which provides the daily dose of American lifestyle.
7. Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon and an Italian politician, who served three times as Italian Prime Minister. As a member of our top 10 richest sports club owners in the world, Berlusconi owns the Italian Serie A football club, AC Milan. Forbes ranked him the 141th richest man in the world in 2015, while his net worth was estimated $8.0 billion. For his powerful gesture in all around Italy, he was nicknamed as “The Knight”.
He is also the 12th powerful man in the world, according to Forbes in 2009. However, irrespective of his political power, Silvio Berlusconi is currently facing some allegations due to tax fraud and sexual harassment.
6. Philip Anschutz
Philip Anschutz is an American entrepreneur, who bought out his father’s drilling company in 1961. The American business tycoon is the co-founder of Major League Soccer in United States. He also owns multiple teams, like Chicago fire, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes. He also showed his influence in NBA by owning Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Kings.
In 2014, Forbes magazine enlisted his name as the 38th richest person in the United States with an estimated wealth of $11 billion. He stays at no 6 in the list of top 10 richest sports club owners in the world.
5. Roman Abramovich
A Russian businessman, investor and politician, Roman Abramovich is the current owner of the English Premier League club, Chelsea. He raised a Private investment company named Millhouse LLC, which deals with multiple assets like Russian Aluminum, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, and Russian Oil companies (Gazprom Neft) etc. in 2015, Roman Abramovich has gathered an estimated wealth of around 9.1 billion, which makes him the 12th richest man in Russia. However, the Chelsea owner has gone through some difficult time when he deliberately fired the manager Andre Villas-Boas.
4. Mikhail Prokhorov
He is a Russian politician, a multi-billionaire and the current owner of NBA team, Brooklyn Nets. He completed his graduation from Moscow Finance Institute. Afterwards, he worked in the financial sector and subsequently, with hardship attained the success of being such a rich man. The metal man was better known for his Norilsk Nickel, which is the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer.
He also owned the largest Gold producing company in Russia, named Polyus Gold. He was a candidate in Russian Presidential election in 2012, where he turned third by getting 7.94% of total vote. With the estimated net wealth of $10.9 billion, Mikhail Prokhorov is the no. 4 in our list of top 10 richest ports club owners in the world.
3. Paul Allen
Paul Allen is a famous Microsoft guy, who is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Bill Gates. He is also a philanthropist, an investor and over all a sports lover. He is the current owner of American professional NBA basketball team Portland Trail Blazers. He also owns a football team, Seattle Seahawks in NFL. Currently, he has marked his name as the 51th richest man in the world with the net worth of $17.5 billion.
As an investor, he has invested millions of dollars into technology companies. He is the founder of Vulcan Inc., which main task is to manage his various business and maintain the philanthropic efforts all around the world.
2. Rinat Akhmetov
Rinat Akhmetov is a Ukrainian business tycoon and is the founder and President of System Capital Management (SCM). In 2015, he was ranked as the 216th wealthiest man in the planet, who has an estimated wealth of 6.5 billion. He is the current owner and President of Ukrainian football club, Shakhtar Donetsk.
During the 2014 Russia-Ukraine pro-conflict, Rinat Akhmetov was said to be the principal financial backer for the militants in Donetsk. But, his role was questionable in this regard. However, his football team, FC Shakhtar Donetsk became the first ever as a Ukrainian team to achieve the UEFA Champions League title in 2009.
1. Mukesh Ambani
An Indian business tycoon and the managing director of Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani, is the current owner of Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians. He was the 36th most powerful person in the world, according to the Forbes list in 2014. In 2013, he was the richest man in India and second richest man in Asia. He is the 19th richest man in the world with the personal net worth of 23.6 billion.
Mukesh Ambani is also the top man in our list of top 10 richest sports club owners in the world. He has been the richest person of India for six years in a row. He is currently chairpersoning the Board of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, a leading business school in India.
All these multi-billionaires have one thing in common. They all love sports and like to invest in sports. After all, sports is a good business to invest in. The business can draw a huge profit with its increasing height of popularity. The media coverage, the players, the viewers, all play a vital role in this regard. Some people just want to enjoy the game. Hope, you and I, are among this category.