Football is big business – bigger business than it’s ever been, in fact – and the English game is certainly no exception.
Over the past couple of the decades, billionaires from all over the world have poured their vast fortunes into the Premier League and beyond.
Rather than ringing up everyone involved in English football and asking their net worth, which would have been time-consuming and ill-effective, we’ve used the Forbes rich list (opens in new tab) as our basis, and simply picked out the people with stakes in English football.
You might well notice some interesting omissions, such as the Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, or Newcastle’s new Saudi bosses – that’s because of either collective wealth rather than individual, or that simply their worth can’t be confirmed.
But who are the most minted individuals in England football right now? FFT takes you through the top 10…
10. Guo Guangchang, Wolves (£3.5bn)
Guo Guangchang’s Fosun International conglomerate took over Wolves in the summer of 2016, and their backing has seen the West Midlands club re-establish themselves in the top flight.
Based in Shanghai, the 55-year-old studied philosophy at university and has nicknamed himself ‘China’s Warren Buffett’.
9. Todd Boehly, Chelsea (£3.6bn)
Todd Boehly’s consortium completed their £4.25bn takeover of Chelsea in May this year, officially bringing the curtain down on the Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge.
The 48-year-old American also part-owns baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and basketball’s Los Angeles Lakers.
8. Hansjorg Wyss, Chelsea (£4bn)
Joining Boehly on the board at Stamford Bridge is 86-year-old Swiss businessman Hansjorg Wyss – who Forbes describe as “one of the most philanthropic people in the world”.
Heavily devoted to environmental causes, Wyss has pledged to donate $1 billion to global conservation efforts by 2028.
7. Daniel Kretinsky, West Ham (£4.1bn)
Already co-owner and president of Sparta Prague, Czech lawyer Daniel Kretinsky bought a 27% stake in West Ham in November 2021 – as well as agreeing the option to buy the club outright in the future.
And the Hammers aren’t Kretinsky’s only business interest in England; the 46-year-old also owns 10% of Sainsbury’s.
=5. Josh Harris, Crystal Palace (£4.3bn)
Josh Harris invested in Crystal Palace alongside David Blitzer in 2017, adding the Eagles to a sporting portfolio including basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers and ice hockey team the New Jersey Devils.
A sporting fanatic, the Harvard Business School graduate wrestled in college – and nowadays competes in marathons and triathlons.
=5. Joe Lewis, Tottenham (£4.3bn)
Born above his father’s pub in the East End of London, Tottenham majority owner Joe Lewis got rich as a currency trader and also has business interests in real estate and hospitality.
The elusive 85-year-old acquired a controlling stake in Spurs from Alan Sugar back in 2001, at which point Daniel Levy, managing director of Lewis’ ENIC Group – became chairman.
4. Nassef Sawiris, Aston Villa (£5.8bn)
Belonging to Egypt’s richest family, Nassef Sawiris tops Forbes’ World’s Richest Arabs (opens in new tab) list; the 61-year-old owns Aston Villa alongside American billionaire Wes Edens.
A big player in the chemicals and construction industries, Sawiris also has stakes in MSG sports – who own basketball’s New York Knicks and ice hockey’s New York Rangers – and Adidas.
3. Shahid Khan, Fulham (£5.9bn)
Owner of NFL outfit the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2011, Pakistani-American businessman Shahid Khan bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed in 2013.
The 71-year-old moved to the USA at the age of 16 and, after graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in industrial engineering, went on to make his fortune in the automotive industry.
2. Stan Kroenke, Arsenal (£8.8bn)
Involved with Arsenal since 2007, American real estate and sports mogul Stan Kroenke took outright ownership of the Gunners in 2018 when he purchased Alishmer Usmanov’s stake in the club.
Away from North London, the 74-year-old owns MLS outfit Colorado Rapids – as well as ice hockey’s Colorado Avalanche, basketball’s Denver Nuggets, and reigning Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams.
1. Lakshmi Mittal, QPR (£13bn)
Co-owner of Championship outfit QPR, Lakshmi Mittal is the richest person in English football – and, according to Forbes, the 102nd richest person in the world as of June 2022.
The 71-year-old Indian steel magnate became a board member at Loftus Road in 2007, alongside his friend Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore – both of whom have since left the club.