There are a lot of clubs that play different sports from time to time but the most common is the football club that most people are used to. Football or Soccer they say is a game of the mind and of passion, so if you are not built for it, then you definitely should not go into it for any reason. Some people who put all their lives and passion into the game are well known as team players, but some other people have their passion fueled in another way, and that is by being the boss on top of the boss who is never seen but controls how the money goes in and out of accounts, and these people are known as Club owners. So we are taking look at the richest club owners in the world.
There are basically two levels of football, which is the level of the country and that of the club. The countryside entails different countries coming together to compete with each other for a particular price, and the club aspect emanates from private sectors, which means that a Club owner can be a private person who has enough money to buy a club and run it.
There are various functions that a Club owner exhibits and one of it is monitoring how money comes in and out of the club. Before we explore all the characteristics or functions of a Club owner, we would look into the history of the football association.
The truth is that without the football association in the first place, then there will be no Clubs or even club owners at all. The latter part of this article would categorically address the lives of the top 10 richest individuals who have earned their respective net worth by the clubs that they manage our own.
It is not an easy thing to acquire a club for yourself, and it is nearly not an easy thing to manage the affairs of an acquired club, no matter how good you tend to be in business, you will always encounter lapses that might almost bring your club down.
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The selected top 10 have not been chosen because they have never experienced setbacks while managing their clubs, rather, they have been chosen because, despite their ups and downs, they have managed to stay atop of their games, and thereby earned so much money that puts them on the list of the richest Club owners in the world.
There has always been a dispute as to how club owners could be so rich, and it took a long while for Forbes to get the list together. There were and are a lot of billionaires whose cash flow can be traced to club ownership, stock, real estate and cryptocurrencies. This article would not only talk to the owners of football clubs but will cut across all types of sports no matter what it is.
TOP 10 RICHEST CLUB OWNERS IN THE WORLD 2018
1. MUKESH AMBANI
- Club: Mumbai Indians
His full name is known as Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani, and he was born on April 19, 1957. Though it might be surprising how and Indian tops this list of richest club owners in the world, rather than an American or German, but Mukesh Ambani has strived to beat or go against all odds to be at the very top of this list. Aside from being known as the richest man in India, he is also termed a business magnate.
He is also a chairman, a director, and the one man with a very large shareholding capacity in a company known as Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). This company is known globally for their dealings with the refinery, oil, and petrochemicals.
Mukesh Ambani is said to be the sole owner of about 44% of the shareholding capacity, and it is definitely no surprise again that he tops this list. Mukesh Ambani comes from a family of four children, and his late father was Dhirubhai Ambani. He was raised with his siblings by his mother Kokilaben Ambani, and his brother who is his only male sibling is known as Anil Ambani.
Mukesh Ambani is also ranked on the list of most powerful people in the world by Forbes. Mukesh Ambani has two sisters known as Dipti Salgaoncar and Nina Kothari who are both happily married now. While growing up, the family lived in a two-bedroom apartment in a town called Bhuleshwar which is located in Mumbai.
Mukesh Ambani’s father Dhirubhai soon acquired a home with about 14 floors, and the entire family lived there till his death. Mukesh Ambani was a student at the Hill Grange High School which is on Peddar road in Mumbai. He went further to study Chemical Engineering at an Institute known as UDCT which is located at Matunga.
This was not the end of his education as he enrolled for an MBA course at Stanford University, but had to leave it undone to help his father build his company which his now known as Reliance. The business had not seen the light of the day, but Mukesh Ambani was ready to help his father no matter what.
Mukesh got married to his sweetheart known as Nita Ambani, and he is a father to three lovely children—two boys and a girl known as Anant, Akash and Isha Ambani. Mukesh Ambani is the sole owner of a club in India known as Mumbai Indians, and he has a net worth estimated at about $40.1 billion.
2. STEVE BALLMER
- Club: Los Angeles Clippers MBA
His full name is known as Steve Anthony Ballmer and he is an American businessman who has made quite a name for himself in the world at large. He was born on March 24, 1956, and as a philanthropist and an investor, he is widely known for his job as the chief executive of Microsoft, although in 2014, he went on to do something else for himself to make so much money. Steve Ballmer takes the 21st position on the list of the wealthiest people in the world, and it is no surprise because Steve Ballmer is a businessman with a lot of attitude and reasoning.
His birth plays are in Detroit Michigan which is located in the United States of America, but he currently resides in Farmington Hills Michigan. Bill Gates saw the talent in Steve Ballmer and so he hired him to be in charge of some affairs in Microsoft. He soon became the President and took the seat of the CEO from Bill Gates. After a while, he resigned and another person took over his position, but Steve Ballmer had something else up his sleeve.
Ballmer had always been interested in sports and so he bid a high amount on the NBA Los Angeles Clippers so he could buy the club from Donald Sterling who was coerced by Adam Silver to sell. Steve Baller became the sole owner of the club on August 12, 2014, and so far, his club has done so well at the MBA. Born in the city of Detroit, his father Frederic Henry Ballmer was a popular manager at a company known as Ford Motor, and his mother Beatrice Dworkin lived as one happy family together.
Steve Baller was a student at the International School of Brussels, and soon he moved further to acquire knowledge in engineering in University known as Lawrence Technological. Steve Ballmer has been known to be a smart and efficient man since his college days, and his parents could not have been prouder of him.
Steve Ballmer is married to one of the most beautiful women in America and she is known as Connie Synder who has given him three lovely sons. Steve Ballmer has an estimated net worth or $38.4 billion and he is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers MBA club.
3. DIETRICH MATESCHITZ
- Club: New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, Red Bull-Toro Rosso Honda
He hails from Australia and is termed an Australian businessman who was born on May 20, 1944. He was one of the people who established a drink company known as Red Bull energy drink which is sold in every part of the world right now. His place of birth is known as Sankt Martin am Murztal Styria which is located at Austria.
He lived with separated parents who were both civil servants and taught at secondary school all their lives. Dietrich Mateschitz has never been married in his life but he has a baby mama who has a son for him. It took about 10 years for Dietrich Mateschitz to graduate from a University in Vienna where he studied Business Administration, and when he finally had his degree, Unilever employed him first as a marketer for detergents.
He began working for another company known as Blendax as a marketer for their toothpaste and this was where he found out about the energy drink called Krating Daeng which was later to be called Red Bull. He teamed up with a friend of his from Thailand known as Chaleo whose son also joined in the initiative, to bring about the energy drink known as Red Bull.
He also teamed up with some partners to form a foundation which is known to support the research for the spinal cord. He is the sole owner of three profound teams known as New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, and Red Bull-Toro Rosso Honda. His net worth is appreciated to an estimated value of $23 billion.
3. PAUL ALLEN
- Club: Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks
Known by his full name as Paul Gardner Allen, who was born on January 21, 1953, and is known as an American business magnate and an investor. He partnered up with Bill Gates to establish Microsoft, and though he does make known his wealth, he occupies the 43rd position of the richest people in the world. He dropped out of his college school known as Washington State University as he had other dreams to pursue no doubt.
His father and mother Kenneth Sam Allen and Edna Faye Allen raised him and a sibling knew as Jody Allen. Paul Allen had gone to high school with Bill Gates and the two clicked no doubt. Paul Allen has an interest in an investment portfolio, real estate, and club ownership. He fought cancer in 1982, and he has no wife and children.
He is the proud owner of two professional clubs known as Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks. He has a net worth estimate of about $21.7 billion.
5. PHILIP ANSCHUTZ
- Club: Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy
The fifth richest club owner in the world, Philip Fredrick Anschutz who is an American billionaire and businessman who was born on December 28, 1939. He is known to be in control of so many companies and he deals with investments of top companies in America. He engages in so many business ventures like railroads, sports, real estate, movies, theatre, and music.
He is a proud stakeholder in top companies in America and a well-known philanthropist. He was a student at the University of Kansas, and he has one sibling known as Sue Anschutz-Rodgers. He is married to Nancy Anschutz and has 3 beautiful children. He is the sole owner of two professional clubs known as Los Angeles Kings and LA Galaxy. His net worth is estimated at a value of $13 billion.
6. HASSO PLATTNER & FAMILY
- Club: San Jose Sharks club
Hasso Plattner hails from Germany and he is a businessman with a swift and calculative mind. He was born on January 21, 1944, and he was one of the people who established a software company known as SAP SE. As an entrepreneur, he has been in affiliations with so many countries including South Africa.
He has enacted a charity work, which was geared towards the fight against AIDS in the country, and he is a sole supporter of two Universities in South Africa known as KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town Universities. He is happily married with two children all of which reside in Potsdam in Germany.
He owns the San Jose Sharks club and has a net worth an estimated value of about $12.7 billion.
7. ROMAN ABRAMOVICH
- Club: Chelsea FC
His full name is known as Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, and he is known as an Israeli-Russian businessman who was born on October 24, 1966. He owns a private investment company called Millhouse LLC and was formerly the governor of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. He is listed as number 140 on the list of the richest people in the world.
The seventh richest club owner in the world is said to be a donor when it comes to money more than any citizen of Russia, and this has no doubt made a name for him overseas. His family is Jews and they hail from Taurage which is in Lithuania. He lost his parents at an early age and grew up with extended family members all his life in Russia. He has had a fair share of women in his life as he has married three different women at different times. His first wife was Olga Yurevna Lysova, whom he divorced in 1990, and soon he married another woman known as Irina Vyacheslavona Malandina, who had 5 children for him, but he later divorced her in 2007.
His third marriage was to a woman called Zhukova and they have 2 children together. He is a proud owner of one of the biggest football clubs in the world known as Chelsea FC and his estimated net worth value is about $10.8 billion.
8. MICKY ARISON
- Club: Miami Heat
He is known as a businessman with two nationalities which are; Israeli and American. He is the chairman of Carnival Corporation and plc which is known for operating cruise and the largest in the world. He was soon replaced as chairman by Arnold Donald, and so he went further to do other things for himself.
He got married to Madeleine Arison who gave birth to two children for him. He is the owner of an MBA club known as Miami heat and his son Nick Arison currently serves as the CEO of the club. His net worth is estimated at about $9.7 billion.
9. MIKHAIL PROKHOROV
- Club: Brooklyn Nets
His full name is Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov and he hails from Russia. He is a businessman who was born on May 3, 1965. He dabbles into politics from time to time, but he is a known businessman who deals in stakeholding at very high corporations in Russia.
He was also a chairman for a gold company known as Polyus Gold which is now ranked as Russia’s top gold company. His major wealth emanates from investments and he owns a club known as Brooklyn Nets. He is a bachelor and holds the title for one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. His net worth value is estimated at about $9.6 billion.
10. STANLEY KROENKE
- Club: Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche
Tenth on the list of the richest club owners in the world is Enos Stanley Kroenke, an American businessman who was born on July 29, 1947. He majorly deals in sports ventures and invests in major companies in America. He attended the University of Missouri for his B.Sc. B.A and MBA. He is involved in politics too and is termed a Republican.
He is married to Ann Walton Kroenke who gave birth to two children for him. He is the sole owner of Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. His net worth is estimated at about $8.3 billion.
SHORT HISTORY OF ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL
This game is known to the whole world as football or soccer, and it goes way back to an era in China which was known and is still known as Han dynasty. The Chinese were known to play a specific kind of football known as Cuju, and FIFA recognized and endorsed this type of sport in no time.
The Football Association came alive in 1863 in London, England which is known as the birthplace of the association. Soon after, clubs came together to play one another, and the best team with the highest number of goals was termed the winner of the match.
There were rules and regulations guiding this game, and they included a ban on team members handling the ball, except for the goalkeepers.
Many people saw the need to get owners of clubs in place, that would be responsible for managing and ensuring that all team players get what they deserve. People who acquired clubs in time past and could not manage the affairs of their clubs had to sell it out to someone who was willing to buy. No one wants a redundant club and that is why all club owners strive no matter what to make sure that there is progress in the club and the club or team players themselves put all their passion into it no matter what.
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CONCLUSION TOP 10 RICHEST CLUB OWNERS IN THE WORLD 2018
One common thing amongst all these men is that aside from loving sport so much, they are all intellectual in the business field which helps them manage their clubs well. Every one of them has a spot on the list of the world wealthiest people, and some of them are political candidates in their respective countries.
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