The completion of Newcastle United’s takeover marks a game-changer in the history of sport. The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund has taken over the club, making it the richest in the world. Football is a rich business, with billions of dollars flowing between soccer teams as a result of media contracts and corporate sponsorship arrangements.
For more than a decade, the ultra-rich have dominated European club football by purchasing the continent’s most powerful clubs. The source of the funding is always a cause of contention, but the final result is the arrival of the world’s greatest players and personnel.
10. Zhang Jindong | Inter | $7.6bn
9. Nasser Al-Khelaifi | PSG | $8bn
Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a Qatari businessman and the chairman of beIN Media Group, chairman of Qatar Sports Investments, president of Paris Saint-Germain and the Qatar Tennis Federation, and vice president of the Asian Tennis.
8. Stan Kroenke | Arsenal, Colorado Rapids | $9bn
Enos Stanley Kroenke is an American billionaire businessman. He is the owner of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which is the holding company of Arsenal, MLS side Colorado Rapids, Los Angeles Rams in NFL, Denver Nuggets in the NBA.
7. Philip Anschutz | LA Galaxy| $10.9bn
Philip Frederick Anschutz is an American billionaire businessman who owns and controls companies in a variety of industries. A founding member of Major League Soccer. Philip Anschutz owns the popular team LA Galaxy.
6. Roman Abramovich | Chelsea | $12.4bn
5. Dietmar Hopp | Hoffenheim | $13bn
4. Andrea Agnelli & family | Juventus | $13.5bn
3. Dietrich Mateschitz | Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig, NY Red Bulls | $19.4bn
2. Sheikh Mansour | Man City, Melbourne City, New York City | $20bn
1. Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund | Newcastle | $430bn