Huge money has always been associated with sports. No wonder that owners of sports clubs are often the richest people in the world. World-class teams can generate substantial profits, which makes the mighty of this world more and more willing to invest in sports. Who are the richest owners of sports clubs?
The top of the list of the richest sports club owners in the world is Steve Ballmer, who has 53 billion dollars on his account. He owns the American basketball team competing in the NBA – Los Angeles Clippers. He is followed by Mukeshi Ambani, who owns the Mumbai Indians cricket club. His fortune amounts to 37 billion dollars. The podium is completed by François Pinault, owner of Stade Rennais, a small club in the French Ligue 1 football league. His account has accumulated to 27 billion dollars.
In the top ten of the list there are four more places for other representatives of football clubs. The fourth place is occupied by the owner of RedBull, which is a sponsor of clubs from Salzburg, Leipzig and New York, and RedBull Racing – Dietrich Mateschitz. Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea FC ranked seventh with just over 11 billion in assets. The position lower is occupied by Phillip Anschutz, who, in addition to the football team LA Galaxy, also has under his wing the field hockey team Los Angeles Kings. The last representative from the world of soccer in the list is Stanley Kroenke, who for years has been associated with the London Arsenal.
Richest team owners in major sports leagues around the world via @Forbes:
1. Steve Ballmer: $52.7B
2. Mukesh Ambani: $36.8B
3. Francois Pinault: $27B
4. Dietrich Mateschitz: $16.5B
5. Hasso Plattner: $12.4B
— Kurt Badenhausen (@kbadenhausen) April 7, 2020
This year, there are not as many owners of football clubs in the list of the top millionaires controlling sports clubs as in previous years. Other businessmen who own soccer teams can be found in the top 20: Robert Kraft (New England Revolution) and Dmitry Rybolovlev (AS Monaco).
Steve Ballmer is mainly associated with Microsoft. He was a close associate of Bill Gates and a long-time CEO of the company. He was the one responsible for launching Windows Vista, which many people remember with fondness. Today, Ballmer owns 4% of Microsoft and is its largest shareholder. Moreover, he also owns 4% of Twitter since 2014.
Steve Ballmer is famous for his controversial views and eccentric behavior. As he is a staunch opponent of free software, he claimed, among other things, that Linux is… cancer. The situation in which his employees left for Google was echoed loudly. He announced then that he would destroy the giant responsible for the most popular search engine in the world.
Steve talks about buying the Clippers for 2 billion dollars, his very high energy, going into free agency, getting his start, and his new organization USA Facts.
Published by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Mukesh Ambani, who is a big supporter and supporter of cricket, made his fortune mainly because he discovered natural gas fields in the Gulf. After the death of his father, he started managing Reliance along with his brother, but soon their paths diverged. In 2013, the brothers joined forces again to create the largest and most profitable company in the country.
They also announced plans to create a nationwide fiber optic network. In 2016, Mukesh Ambani launched his first LUF smartphone. It did not conquer the European or American market, but in India it was the third most purchased phone. The owner of Mumbai Indians has been consistently growing his businesses and his sports club, so his wealth keeps growing.
Mukesh Ambani owns the world's largest oil refinery, located in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. It has the processing capacity of 1,240,000 barrels/day!
Also, Congratulations team Mumbai Indians (MI) and Neeta Ambani on the IPL 2020 WIN!?
Mukesh Ambani is 21st Richest Person. pic.twitter.com/M5Fm6prLwK
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