There is one key criteria when it comes to owning a Premier League team – having multi-millions, if not billions, in the bank.
It seems a new name will soon be on the list, with Newcastle United on the verge of being taken over by a consortium led by Amanda Staveley and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Investment Fund.
With a net worth of £7bn, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman would instantly put the Magpies amongst the richest clubs in the top flight.
But he would come in only fourth on the list, which features some of the world’s richest business people.
Buying a Premier League club is one thing, finding the funds to do so is another entirely – and there have been some extravagant sources of the finance.
From Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke’s links to Walmart, the parent company of Asda, to Everton’s Planet Hollywood-founding director Michael Earle and David Gold’s family ties to Ann Summers, here’s a run down of how all 20 current Premier League owners have made their millions.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind a Newcastle United takeover
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Arsenal – Stan Kroenke
Kroenke, who is worth an estimated £7.7b, is married to the daughter of Walmart co-founder James “Bud” Walton.
The 72-year-old owns, through his wife Ann, several other sports teams such as Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids.
Aston Villa – Nassef Sawiris, Wesley Edens
Worth a combined £7.4b, Sawiris and Edens made their wealth clear with a mammoth summer spend.
Sawiris is currently executive chairman having made his cash as the CEO of Orascom Construction Industries.
Edens is the co-founder of Fortress Investment Group and the Milwaukee Bucks, and also owns eSports team FlyQuest.
American businessman Stan Kroenke owns Arsenal and is married to the heiress of Walmart
Bournemouth – Maxim Demin
Demin has a 75 per cent share in the Cherries having reportedly coughed up a sum of…