13 richest owners of sports clubs

Among the most wealthy investors sports industry includes two Russians, as well as former Prime Minister of Italy, the richest man in Ukraine and opponent of Alisher Usmanov.

Purchase of sports clubs have long been considered a whim billionaires. In recent years the situation has changed: investment in the industry are increasingly under a clear business calculations. Sponsorship contracts, the sale of rights to broadcast, stadium construction - all of these articles are attracted to the sport more and more money, and therefore the owners of large states.

The list includes only those who invest impressive in projects, the assessment of which is not less than $ 100 million. The richest man in the world Carlos Slim, for example, has in the asset portfolio of just three football clubs, but none of them does not bring revenue, tangible the scale of the business empire of Mexican magnate.

Favorite sport among the billionaires is American football. Immediately 19 rating participants invest in the NFL team. Following is a basketball-off fans 15, football (8), baseball (6) and ice (5).

Malcolm Glazer and family

13 richest owners of sports clubs

Clubs: Manchester United (Soccer, English Premier League); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (American football, NFL)

Net Worth: $ 4, 4 billion

Nationality: United States

The club from Manchester in January 2013 the first sports team in history to beat the level of capitalization of $ 3 billion. In August 2012, the Glazers completed an IPO of the club and have attracted $ 100 million from investors, retaining 98% of the voting shares. For half a year the club quotes rose by 33%. Other sports businessman asset - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - did not win in the NFL since 2002.

Stan Kroenke

13 richest owners of sports clubs

Clubs: St. Louis Rams (American football, NFL); Arsenal (football, English Premier League); Denver Nuggets (basketball, NBA); Colorado Avalanche (hockey, NHL)

Net Worth: $ 5 billion

Nationality: United States

65-year-old wife of one of the heirs of Wal-Mart empire Anne Walton is often called the world's largest sports tycoon. Billionaire owns just four well-known clubs in the richest US and European leagues, the total value of which is close to $ 2 billion, most difficult to Kroenke was investment in Arsenal -. Hope to gain control of the London team leaves Alisher Usmanov, who owns a 30-percent stake. Last year, the richest Russian businessman lashed out at the leaders of the club, who preach strict economy of resources. Outcome-fisted policy - a constant outflow of the star players of the team and the prolonged period of failures in British tournaments, and in the European competition. The club did not win the title since 2005, but has turned into a profitable business venture.

Richard DeVos

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The club: Orlando Magic (basketball, NBA)

Net Worth: $ 5, 1 billion

Nationality: United States

One of network marketing founders giant Amway (revenue in 2011 - $ 10, 9 billion). Bought the club from Orlando for a modest $ 85 million in 1991. Following the signing in 2012 of a new collective agreement NBA capitalization DeVos team soared to a record $ 470 million.

Micky Arison

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The Club: Miami Heat (basketball, NBA)

Net Worth: $ 5, $ 7 billion

Nationality: United States

Club advances from Miami in the NBA (the team won the title in 2012) to help the billionaire to survive a difficult period in the activities of the core business - the company Carnival Cruises, the world's largest operator of tourist cruises. Because of the accident Costa Concordia liner company's shares fell 20% last year, the reputation of the empire Arison seriously shaken. Against this background, Heat costs for the year increased by almost 40%, market capitalization of the club today is estimated at $ 625 million.

Charles Johnson

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The Club: San Francisco Giants (baseball, MLB)

Net Worth: $ 5, $ 7 billion

Nationality: United States

One of the non-public investment led by US billionaire empire Franklin Resources, under which the assets are located in the $ 781 billion club of San Francisco -. A legend of baseball record for most titles won and matches, as well as the number of players in the Hall of Fame presented. The last time a rare case of the appearance of Johnson to the public occurred in October last year - the billionaire visited the parade on the occasion of the Giants winning the World Series.

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The club: Olympique Marseille (Soccer, French Ligue 1)

Net Worth: $ 6 billion

Citizenship: Switzerland

A native of Leningrad (nee - Bogdanova), the widow of a French billionaire Robert Louis-Dreyfus from the deceased spouse has inherited not only many business assets, but also Marseille football club. When the new owner of the titles the team has not yet won, but with the arrival in Paris PSG generous investors from Qatar a chance to win in the domestic league at Olympique became even less.

Berlusconi

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The Club: AC Milan (football, Italian Serie A)

Net Worth: $ 6, 2 billion

Nationality: Italian

One of the most bizarre world of politicians and businessmen have long and successfully invest in the Milan club, which is the era of Berlusconi managed to win all possible trophies and survive a corruption scandal in Italian football without any reputational costs. Today the team in a difficult financial situation - in contrast to the Russian billionaires and Arabian sheiks, Berlusconi prefers not to overspend in order to achieve immediate results. Insistently heard talk of a possible sale of the club structures of the former Italian prime minister.

Phil Anschutz

13 richest owners of sports clubs

Clubs: Los Angeles Galaxy (Soccer, MLS); Los Angeles Kings (hockey, NHL)

Net Worth: $ 10 billion

Nationality: United States

73-year-old master of sports of Los Angeles made a fortune in the oil, rail and telecoms, but today makes money on the entertainment industry. Business empire Anschutz Anschutz Entertainment Group sales case is estimated at $ 8 billion Popular sports clubs (Kings last season, again won the Stanley Cup.) - only one component of the company's success. Its other divisions are managing large concert arenas, organization of tours caliber stars Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez, a producer of Hollywood blockbusters, etc. The plans Anschutz -.. To complement its portfolio of sports club of the National Football League. The billionaire is ready to invest up to $ 1 billion in the construction of a stadium for the team in Los Angeles, but has not yet decided which team is worthy of such an impressive investment.

Roman Abramovich

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The Club: Chelsea (Football, English Premier League)

Net Worth: $ 10, 2 billion

Citizenship: Russia

Former governor of Chukotka has consistently won with the London club all possible trophies, first on the inside, and in the last year - and on the European stage: Chelsea joins piggy bank awards the title of UEFA Champions League winner. Forbes last year estimated that over 8 years, the Russian owner of the team spent about $ 1, 3 billion, and ahead of - costly construction of a new stadium, and not to stop the race budgets, which are pushing generous football fans from oil dynasties of the Middle East.

Mikhail Prokhorov

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The Club: Brooklyn Nets (basketball, NBA)

Net Worth: $ 13 billion

Citizenship: Russia

Hero cover of the latest issue of the American Forbes thanks to generous investments in the NBA club has turned to the United States in a recognizable public figure. Nets with Prokhorov moved from New Jersey to New York on ultramodern Arena Barclays Center (Prokhorov owns a stake in the sports facility), assembled star cast and became one of the most talked about projects league. The Russian billionaire has promised by 2015 to increase the capitalization of the club, for the control of which it paid $ 200 million to $ 1 billion.

Paul Allen

13 richest owners of sports clubs

Clubs: Seattle Seahawks (American football, NFL); Portland Trail Blazers (basketball, NBA)

Net Worth: $ 15 billion

Nationality: United States

One of the Microsoft founder and philanthropist Paul Allen is both an avid sports fan, and a major investor in industry. In addition to the direct ownership of clubs in the NFL and NBA billionaire has a stake in the soccer team Seattle Sounders.

Rinat Akhmetov

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The club "Shakhtar" (football, Ukrainian Premier League)

Net Worth: $ 15, 4 billion

Citizenship: Ukraine

Ukraine's richest man in Forbes world ranking occupies 47th place, developing football infrastructure in his native Donetsk since the mid-1990s. "Shakhtar" over the years has got its own modern stadium for 50 000 spectators (in 2012, the arena took the European Championship semi-final football), the first Ukrainian club won the UEFA Cup and robbed of Kiev "Dynamo" the title of the most popular team of the country. promise a fantastic budget of $ 1 billion of the combined championship of Russia and Ukraine, which "Gazprom" and other lobbyists initiatives - In the near future Donetsk project can become one of the pillars of an ambitious new venture of shareholders of the St. Petersburg "Zenith".

Mukesh Ambani

13 richest owners of sports clubs

The Club: Mumbai Indians (cricket, Indian Premier League)

Net Worth: $ 21, 5 billion

Citizenship: India

55-year-old founder and CEO of India's largest industrial conglomerate, vividly participates in the work of one of the most popular sports clubs in Mumbai. In 2011, the team won one of the most prestigious tournaments of cricket - Twenty20 Champions League.