—- The transfer window opens officially on July 1 but moves behind the scenes always start early.

So we created an infographic which looks at the richest football club owners of the premier league to look at the level of their wealth and how much they have invested. Here are some of the key points from the infographic:

  • Russia is the biggest investor in the English Premier League, with the current Russian club owners investing as much as £2,158,050,000. America in at a close 2nd.
  • The investment in clubs from the Premier League was roughly £5.15 billion – with £2 billion of that being contributed by Roman Abramovich alone
  • In terms of the nationality and the level of investment of current club owners in the Premier League, the UK would only come third for investment.

You can view the infographic here, and I’ve also attached the full press release below.

Let me know if you have any questions, if you require any additional information or the full dataset.



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Glazers, Sheikhs, and the Government of China – Football Club Owners in the Premier League

A new graphic from SBO looks into the owners of Premier League football teams, and just how much they’ve paid into their clubs – with the top figure being £2 billion, Roman Abramovich’s investment into Chelsea FC.

If you’ve ever held aspirations of owning a football club in the Premier League, you might have to win the lottery a few times.

Research from SBO shows the investments club owners have made in order to possess their teams, and even the smallest in the top ten is £105 million – making it quite the pricey game to maintain a top football club.

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Overall, the investment in clubs from the Premier League was roughly £5.15 billion – with £2 billion of that being contributed by Roman Abramovich. The top five investors into the League were as follows:

  1. Roman Abramovich – Though he started as a street trader, Abramovich has come a long way, now with the greatest investment in any football club in the League. Chelsea have benefitted from £2 billion of the Russian businessman’s money.
  2. The Glazer Family – Big sports fans, the Glazers don’t only own Manchester United with their stake of £800 million: they also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League in America.
  3. E. Stanley Kroenke – Kroenke owns several sports teams, primarily in America, including the Los Angeles Rams. His only UK team is Arsenal FC, though there have been a number of protests and complaints from supporters of the team over his management (despite his £450 million investment).
  4. John W. Henry – owner of diverse holdings such as the Boston Globe newspaper and the Red Sox, Henry has invested £300 million in his ownership of the Liverpool team.
  5. Government of China/Sheihk Mansour – Bizarrely, ownership of Manchester City is split between a state-owned Chinese consortium and the deputy prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mansour. The Chinese CITIC Group have invested about £265 million, while Mansour has put forward £210 million.

To give some context, however, the highest-value player in the world, Neymar, has been valued at £217 million – meaning some of these investments aren’t enough to dominate the game

The lowest disclosed figure for investment across the entire Premier League was £70,000, from the Swansea City Supporters Trust into… well, Swansea City, in order to take advantage of a share offer which took the Trust shareholding within the club to 21%.

Whichever football team you support, make sure you know just how much went into it – look at the top investors in the Premier League on the full graphic here.


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