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The 10 richest American soccer owners
by Paul Kennedy, April 16th, 2014 8:36PM

TAGS:  england, mls, soccer business


[MAKING A LIST] Home Depot co-founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, announced as the owner of the MLS club to begin play in Atlanta in 2017, is one of 10 men on the 2013 Forbes list of richest Americans who now have ownership interests in soccer.

He is one of six men on the Forbes list who own interests in an MLS club -- and the first to own outright an MLS expansion club. Five men on the list own interests in clubs abroad, while Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, owns RSE Ventures, which operates the Guinness International Soccer Cup in addition to putting on other international events.

Reflecting the growing interest of NFL owners in soccer, Blank is the seventh NFL owner to purchase a soccer interest.

Forbes 2013 List of Richest Americans:
26. *Paul Allen
(Seattle Sounders-minority owner) $15.8 billion
38. Philip Anschutz (LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo-majority owner, Hammarby-minority owner, all via AEG) $10.3 billion
84. *Stan Kroenke (Colorado Rapids, Arsenal-majority owner) $5.3 billion
94. *Stephen Ross (Guinness International Soccer Cup via RSE Ventures) $4.8 billion
102. *Malcolm Glazer (Manchester United-majority owner) $4.5 billion
122. *Shahid Khan (Fulham), $3.8 billion
184. *Robert Kraft (New England Revolution), $2.9 billion
327. *Arthur Blank (Atlanta MLS 2017) $1.7 billion
327. John Henry (Liverpool, principal investor via Fenway Sports Group), $1.7 billion
352. Neal Patterson (Sporting Kansas City, principal investor via OnGoal LLC), $1.5 billion
*NFL owner.

  1. Dave Wasser
    commented on: April 16, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.
    Robert Kraft at 2.9 BILLION, and he can't build an 80 million soccer stadium.
  1. Miguel Dedo
    commented on: April 17, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
    Robert Kraft did not get to $2.9 billion by spending HIS OWN money.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: April 17, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.
    Who cares about these oligarches, for the most part they do not love soccer like the players, coaches, or fan do; they take over teams and see them as a business venture.
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: April 17, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.
    Nothing wrong with that; they're investors and for see potential good return and lots of $$$$$$$$$$. Moreover some have been involved in soccer for a long time. I wish them well; nevertheless they need to get good knowledgebale people around them, unless they don't really care and are just looking for a loss for tax purposes.
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: April 17, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.
    Cisco Martinez, I don't agree. Not ALL of these have that view. I know that Paul Allen is a soccer/sports fan. Arthur Blank, too. I can't speak for the rest, but interviews clearly have shown the reason for the interest of these two. They've made their fortunes and now they are having some fun with it. Especially Paul Allen, he loves to do the March to the Match in Seattle!
  1. pascal soares
    commented on: April 17, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
    great to have team but better to invest in players training and keep quality... the french soccer institute of california has partnership and investment opportunities for the US soccer of the XXI century. we are looking for 25m.

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