Wouldn’t it be nice to own a successful and popular sports club. Imagine the lifestyle. While your underlings are running around a football pitch, or slogging at the baseball, or being charged at by a 250-pound brute, you could be on a multi-million dollar yacht watching them on a HD cinema screen as a lovely personal host pours your next cocktail. Ah, sounds idyllic aye. Shaken or stirred? We thought we’d take a look at the big fish sports club owners — and their net worth — who do stuff just like this, or could at least afford to.
Mukesh Ambani - $27 billion
Few westerners have likely heard of Mukesh Ambani; the Indian multi-billionaire who got his paws on a mega popular cricket team, The Mumbai Indians, who play in the Indian Premier League. If anyone knows anything about India, they’ll understand that cricket is more akin to a religion than a sport. Ambani apparently got his mega wealth as the chairman of oil company Reliance Industries. Where there’s oil, there’s money. Where there’s money there appears to be football clubs.
Mikhail Prokhorov - $16 billion
Lets face it, it was only a matter of time before Russians entered this list. Prokhorov graduated from the Moscow Finance Institute, and went on to work in the financial sector making a beeline to become one of Russia's leading industrialists, earning his fortune mostly through metal investments in big multinational corps. and various other ventures before going on to owning the New Jersey Nets, an American pro basketball team based in the Big Apple
Rinat Akhmetov - $16 billion
Despite past claims that he has been linked to organised crime, Ukrainian Akhmetov, founder and President of System Capital Management, earned his fortune in the financial sector, fossil fuels and metal, is ranked as one of the richest men in the world; and certainly in his native Ukraine. His super wealth saw him acquire FC Shakhtar, a Ukrainian football club (soccer if you’re American), that is the most dominant team of the troubled country. In 2009 the team won the UEFA Cup, which always helps reap in more pennies and pays for extravagances such as London's most expensive penthouse at One Hyde Park, which Akhmetov bought as a portfolio investment. Nice if you can afford it.
Roman Abramovich - $13.4 billion
At least in the Uk Russian Ambramovich is probably one of the more popular sports club owners, as he owns the massively successful and popular Chelsea FC. With his serial investments in steel and oil, it was only a natural progression that Roman went on to buy one of the top football clubs worldwide in 2003. He is thought to be the second richest person living in the UK. And it’s fair to say the UK has some pretty wealthy people within its borders. Although the wealthy man has a flair for philanthropy, he has also splashed out in the region of $400 million on super-yachts, complete with helipads and submarines.
Paul Allen - $13 billion
So good are Americans at personal PR, you can always rely on its billionaires to position themselves first as philanthropists. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, alongside old Bill Gates, went on to own Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. But free of cynicism, and for fairness purposes, Allen did donate $100 million in 2014 to help end the Ebola epidemic; which made him the largest private donor of toward the crisis. Among his many talents — of which earning colossal amounts of money seems to be chief — Allen also plays the electric guitar, which he picked up after being inspired by legend Jimi Hendrix.