Roman Abramovich won’t be the owner of Chelsea Football Club for much longer, it seems.
The Russian was already looking to sell the club before he was sanctioned by the UK government. Now, the process will be handled by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Abramovich won’t receive a penny of the proceeds.
Offers are currently being submitted to New York merchant bank Raine Group who will handle the sale of the club with Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers part-owner Todd Boehly alongside Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss both reportedly interested.
But before Chelsea get its new chief, we decided to take a look at the 20 current owners in the Premier League right now and rank them based on how rich they are.
Using data and information from talkSPORT from October 2021, here are the 20 Premier League owners ranked from ‘poorest’ to richest.
20. Brentford – Matthew Benham (£3m)
Benham made his money from gambling firms and also owns Danish side FC Midtjylland.
19. Norwich – Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones (£23m)
The husband and wife have been majority shareholders of Norwich since 1996. Smith is a cookery writer, author and TV personality while Wynn-Jones made his money in the publishing industry.
18. Burnley – Mike Garlick (£62m)
Garlick only recently became sole chairman of Burnley. He founded Michael Bailey Associates, a project management and consultancy company.
17. Watford – Gino Pozzo (£93m)
The Pozzo family also own Italian club, Udinese. The family business is Freud – a tool-maker company.
16. Leeds – Andrea Radrizzani (£344m)
Radrizzani got his money from his investment company, Aser Ventures which also own Eleven Sports.
15. Brighton – Tony Bloom (£765m)
Bloom made his money from online gambling and gaming websites. He also finished fourth at the World Series of Poker in 2005.
14. West Ham – David Sullivan and David Gold (£1.62bn)
We’re into the billionaires now.
Sullivan himself is a billionaire and made his fortune in the pornography business.
Gold isn’t quite as rich but owns Gold Group International, the parent company of Ann Summers.
13. Everton – Farhad Moshiri (£1.9bn)
Moshiri was previously involved with Arsenal but sold his stake. He owns steel and energy companies in the UK and Russia. There are suggestions he’s now ready to sell the club after business partner Alisher Usmanov was sanctioned.
12. Liverpool – John Henry (£2.14bn)
Henry owns Fenway Sports Group, who bought Liverpool in 2010. He also owns Boston Red Sox.
11. Southampton – Gao Jisheng (£2.3bn)
Jisheng bought Southampton for £210m in 2017. He was the founder of Lander Sports Development before selling his shares.
10. Leicester – Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (£2.9bn)
‘Top’ became Leicester chairman when his father, Vichai, tragically died in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium.
9. Crystal Palace – Joshua Harris (£3.36bn)
Harris is the co-founder of the investment firm, Apollo Global Management. He’s also a shareholder of NHL team the New Jersey Devils and NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.
8. Manchester United – The Glazers (£3.5bn)
Malcolm Glazer gradually bought shares to take over at Man Utd before his death. His sons, Avram and Joel, are now co-chairman – much to the anger of United fans.
7. Tottenham – Joe Lewis (£3.6bn)
From one unpopular owner to another…
Lewis owns English National Investment Company (ENIC) and bought Spurs from Sir Alan Sugar in 2001.
6. Wolves – Guo Guangchang (£4.5bn)
Guangchang is chairman of the Fosun Group and has invested heavily in this Wolves side in recent years.
5. Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris (£5.3bn)
Sawiris is from one of Egypt’s wealthiest families and has also splashed the cash on Villa.
4. Arsenal – Stan Kroenke (£6.35bn)
Kroenke married Walmart heiress before founding Kroenke Group, a property development firm. He first became involved in Arsenal in 2007 and also owns NFL team, LA Rams.
3. Chelsea – Roman Abramovich (£9.6bn)
It’s been almost 20 years since Abramovich bought Chelsea for £140m. He’s overseen some incredible success but his era is now coming to an end.
2. Man City – Sheikh Mansour (£22.9bn)
Mansour is chairman of International Petroleum Investment Company and completed a takeover in 2008, taking Manchester City to a totally different level with huge investment.
1. Newcastle – Saudi Public Investment Fund (£320bn)
£320bn net worth. Wow.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman has a personal wealth of more than £2.5bn and heads up the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. We’ve already seen signs of their investment.