British football’s rich list

by Mystical Mike

Monday, January 12th, 2009

All change at the top

New Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has knocked Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich from the top of British football’s rich list.

The Sheikh, 38, estimated to be worth £15bn, took over at City in September, while Abramovich has dropped to £7bn.

Abramovich, 42, is third on the list – published by FourFour Two magazine – behind Lakshmi Mittal (£12.5bn), who bought a 20% stake in QPR in 2007.

Tottenham may be heading for the championship but owner Joe Lewis is currently sitting 4th, which probably explains how they manage to sign so many players.


The top 20 from the top 100 in the FourFour Two football rich list are:

1 Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan – Manchester City – £15bn
2 Lakshmi Mittal and family – QPR – £12.5bn
3 Roman Abramovich – Chelsea – £7bn
4 Joe Lewis – Tottenham Hotspur – £2.5bn
5 Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone – QPR – £2.4bn
6 Stanley Kroenke – Arsenal – £2.245bn
7 Alisher Usmanov – Arsenal – £1.5bn
8= Lord Grantchester & The Moores Family – Everton – £1.2bn
8= Dermot Desmond – Celtic – £1.2bn
10= Lord Ashcroft – Watford – £1.1bn
10= Malcolm Glazer and family – £1.1bn
12 Simon Keswick – Cheltenham Town – £966m
13 Trevor Hemmings – Preston North End – £900m
14 Mike Ashley – Newcastle United – £800m
15 Randy Lerner – Aston Villa – £750m
16 Tom Hicks – Liverpool – £700m
17 The Walker Family – Blackburn Rovers – £660m
18 Mohammed Al Fayed – Fulham – £650m
19 Sir David Murray – Glasgow Rangers – £600m
20 Steve Morgan – Wolverhampton Wanderers – £400m

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  • Stevie

    the Spuds are a joke. sell a player buy him back for double. sell a crap player, Chimbonda, buy him back. I wonder what will happen when they do go down.

    Their bench at Wigan also showed just exactly how much money they have wasted…

  • jackie emu

    It’s looking at this makes me realise how much we’re punching above our weight. But I’d rather have our chairman Sir Steve Gibson with his meagre 80 million than be bankrolled by unknown faces i that list only here to make a few bucks and then scarper when it all goes belly up.

    just goes to show how well run a club Middlesbrough is and how we produce our own talent year after year.

  • Darren

    the same can be said about Arsenal who may have a rich owner but the club has worked to get where are they today…

  • Darren

    I’ve just seen a post on the BBC 606 that Boro have told SPurs that they want 30m for Downing. Crazy thing is, they will probably end up paying it!

  • jackie emu

    well if we sold for 15m what good would that do…we’d sell our most prized asset to team in a similar situation…so they’d be strengthened and we’d be weakened and subsequently lose the 50 million plus of being a premiership club by being relegated. Love or hate downing he does provide a lot of assists. more than young, lennon, bentley and petrov last season.

  • Darren

    I know what you are saying. If they sold Downing who would they buy? No end product Lennon who can’t even get into a championship team.

    We sold Henry and never replaced him. Speaking of Henry, I watched Ronaldo making excuses for his lack of goals this season by telling Sky that it’s impossible to consistently perform at the top level for 3 or more season. Incorrect, Henry scored 30 goals 3 seasons running with 15 assists. Eat those Crisps Ronaldo, it seems Fergie had taught you well in the excuse making game!

    I also read that Matti Flammini is not getting his game at AC Milan, I know he was an AC fan when he was younger but why did he swap what he had with Arsenal for UEFA cup football and to sit on a bench, all be it a warmer one…

  • Stevie

    these are the facts. Henry was class and we miss him badly. Ronaldo had a great season but doesn’t compare to what Henry achieved.

    • Confederations Cup top goalscorer: 2003
    • Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 2003
    • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2002–03, 2003–04
    • European Golden Boot: 2004, 2005
    • Premier League top scorer: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06. Henry was also top scorer in all four league divisions in 2004 and 2006
    • Onze d’Or: 2003, 2006
    • PFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
    • FWA Footballer Of The Year: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
    • World XI Striker: 2006
    • UEFA Team of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
    • French Player of the Year: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

  • Dave

    Going by that list Cheltenham Town should be in the Premiership soon!


  • Darren

    its not all about the Premier League is it!!

    Henry is a true legend. I don’t think we’ll ever see another player who played at that high level so consistently!

  • Matt Quinn

    Lionel Messi is the best player in the world.

    His record this season is nothing short of sensational

    Games 22
    Goals 20
    Assists 10

    End of…

  • Peter Potter

    Can anyone beat my record of clean sheets?

    I have now been to 13 Arsenal games in the last 6 months and we are yet to concede a goal. AM I a magic man or what?

    Milan 0-0
    Newcastle 3-0
    Blackburn 2-0
    Newcastle (Carl cup) 3-0
    Bolton 2-0
    West Ham 2-0
    Seville 3-0
    Porto 4-0
    Newcastle 3-0 (this season)
    Wigan 1-0
    Bolton 1-0

    Plus a preseason v Barnet 2-0
    And the emirates cup v psv 1-0

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