Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
British soccer's rich list
by Paul Kennedy, January 7th, 2009 7AM



[MAKING A LIST] Manchester City is the team most often mentioned in January transfer deals and with good cause. Its new owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, is the richest man in British soccer with more than double the wealth of the next English Premier League owner, Russian Roman Abramovich.

The Chelsea owner, who topped all five previous lists published by the British magazine Fourfourtwo, is said to have lost more than $4.5 billion since the downturn in the world economy last year.

Chelsea's overall debt is believed to amount to almost $1 billion, the same amount as Manchester United. Chelsea's losses were the result of heavy expenditures by Abramovich on the transfer market. American Malcolm Glazer and his family borrowed heavily to buy United.

The other American on the top 10 list is Stanley Kroenke, who is invested heavily in American sports, including MLS (Colorado Rapids). He holds a minority interest in Arsenal.

Other new entries besides Sheikh and Kroenke are  the Indian-born Lakshmi Mittal worth $18.8 billion, and Formula One's Bernie Ecclestone ($3.6 billion), who have invested in Championship (second division) Queen's Park Rangers.

1. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan (Manchester City) $22.5 billion
2. Lakshmi Mittal and family (QPR) $18.8 billion
3. Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) $10.5 billion
4. Joe Lewis (Tottenham Hotspur) $3.75 billion
5. Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone (Queen's Park Rangers) $3.6 billion
6. Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) $3.38 billion
7. Alisher Usmanov (Arsenal) $3 billion
8. Lord Grantchester and the Moores family (Everton) $1.8 billion
8. Dermot Desmond (Celtic) $1.8 billion
10. Lord Ashcroft (Watford) $1.65 billion
10. Malcolm Glazer and family (Manchester United) $1.65 billion



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Fabian Johnson is on fire    
American midfielder Fabian Johnson is suddenly one of the hottest scorers in Germany. He scored two ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Watching the MLS playoffs has been tremendously exciting. The games in the first round with the ...
Klinsmann: Nagbe is a 'great fit' for national team    
One of the standouts in the MLS playoffs has been Darlington Nagbe, who has helped the ...
What They're Saying: Didier Drogba    
"It's a different challenge [in MLS]. People think it's easy to play there. Believe me, it's ...
What They're Saying: Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Allen Bethel    
"I can't believe what I've been seeing on Saturday nights. He's always on his own. Why ...
MLS: Sporting KC continues talks with five free agents    
Sporting Kansas City re-signed 12 of the 13 players it had options on -- all but ...
MLS: Orlando City declines option on Hall    
Stemming from the roster moves announced Wednesday, Orlando City SC may not look radically different in ...
MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal    
New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi ...
Sacramento wants to show it's ready to roll    
While efforts by David Beckham's group to find land for a soccer stadium in Miami appear ...
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives