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The Top 10 Richest People In English Football Ranked Including Chelsea's New Owners

The Top 10 Richest People In English Football Ranked Including Chelsea's New Owners

Some of the richest people in the world are involved in English football.

English football is big business, with many of the richest people in the world choosing to invest their wealth in the Premier League.

FourFourTwo have compiled a list of the 10 richest individuals involved in the English game using rankings from the 2022 Forbes Rich List.

Unfortunately, there are some notable absentees from the list, including Manchester City boss Sheikh Mansour and Newcastle United's new Saudi owners.

Possible reasons put forward for their omission is because either their wealth is deemed to be collective rather than individual, or that it is simply too difficult for Forbes to accurately predict their net worth.

Here are the top 10 rankings of individuals who can be accurately assessed.

10. Guo Guangchang, Wolves (£3.5bn)

Guo Guangchang's Fosun International conglomerate bought Wolves in 2016 for £45m and has overseen a period of success at the Molineux club, who have established themselves as a Premier League team since the takeover.

9. Todd Boehly, Chelsea (£3.6bn)


Boehly's consortium completed their £4.25bn takeover of Chelsea from Roman Abramovich earlier this month after the Russian billionaire was forced to sell the club following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Boehly also part-owns MLB team Los Angeles Dodgers and NBA franchise Los Angeles Lakers.

8. Hansjorg Wyss, Chelsea (£4bn)

Describe as "one of the most philanthropic people in the world", Swiss businessman Hansjorg Wyss will join Boehly on the board at Stamford Bridge. The founder of Synthes Holding AG, a medical device manufacturer, Wyss is heavily devoted to environmental causes and has pledged to donate $1bn to global conservation efforts by 2028.

7. Daniel Kretinsky, West Ham (£4.1bn) 


Czech lawyer Daniel Kretinsky bought a 27 per cent stake in West Ham in November 2021 and has agreed an option to buy the club outright in the future. He is also co-owner and president of Czech club Sparta Prague and also owns 10 per cent of British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. 

=5. Josh Harris, Crystal Palace (£4.3bn)

The second American on the list, Harvard Business School graduate Josh Harris invested in Crystal Palace alongside David Blitzer in 2017. He also owns NBA franchise Philadelphia 76ers and ice hockey team the New Jersey Devils.

=5. Joe Lewis, Tottenham (£4.3bn)

Tottenham owner Joe Lewis bought a controlling stake in the club from Alan Sugar in 2001, later appointing Daniel Levy as chairman. The Brit, who became rich through trading currency, also has business interests in real estate and hospitality. Under his ownership, Tottenham have built their ultra-modern stadium in north London, which cost a reported £1bn to construct.

4. Nassef Sawiris, Aston Villa (£5.8bn)

Nassef Sawiris co-owns Aston Villa alongside Wes Edens. The Egyptian topped Forbes’ World’s Richest Arabs list and also has stakes in MSG sports - who own basketball's New York Knicks and ice hockey's New York Rangers.

3. Shahid Khan, Fulham (£5.9bn)


Shahid Khan bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed in 2013 and also owns NFL outfit the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cottagers have failed to fully establish themselves in the Premier League since his takeover but will have another chance this season after achieving promotion last season.

2. Stan Kroenke, Arsenal (£8.8bn)

Involved with Arsenal since 2007, Stan Kroenke took outright ownership of the Gunners in 2018 when he purchased Alishmer Usmanov's stake in the club. A controversial figure with many Arsenal supporters, Kroenke also owns MLS outfit Colorado Rapids, ice hockey's Colorado Avalanche, NBA franchise Denver Nuggets, and reigning Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams. 

1. Lakshmi Mittal, QPR (£13bn)


The richest person in English football, according to Forbes, is QPR co-owner Lakshmi Mittal, who is also ranked as the 102nd richest person in the world. The Indian businessman Indian steel magnate became a board member at Loftus Road in 2007 alongside Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, who have both since left the club.

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Topics: Premier League, Football