Top 5 richest football club owners

When a new owner buys a football club, fans tend to rush to the internet to find out how much money they have available to invest in the club’s future. It is an almost automatic and justified reaction, as supporters hope that part of the assets will be invested in the club’s growth. In this article, we will look at the richest club owners in the world and how much they own, based on the ranking compiled by Forbes. We will discuss who they are, their sources of wealth, and which football clubs they own.

Forbes has compiled a list of billionaire presidents who lead large and small companies around the world and own football clubs. Here is the list of the top five richest club owners in the world of football, based on their estimated net worth.

  1. PIF (Public Investment Fund), Newcastle: 277 billion dollars

Following the purchase of Newcastle by the PIF (Public Investment Fund), a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, it became the richest club in the world in 2022. The head of PIF is Mohammad bin Salman, and the total assets are estimated to be around $277 billion. This purchase made Newcastle the wealthiest club in terms of the funds available for the property.

  1. Carlos Slim, Real Oviedo: 81.2 billion dollars

Carlos Slim is the second-wealthiest person in the world of football, with an estimated fortune of 81.2 billion dollars. Slim owns Real Oviedo, a football club in Spain, and is the head of American Movil, a leading telecommunications company in Latin America. He also holds 17% of the shares of the New York Times. Slim became the owner of Real Oviedo in 2012 when he invested 2 million dollars to save the team from bankruptcy.

  1. François Pinault, Rennes: 40.4 billion

François Pinault has been the owner of Rennes since 1998, and thanks to him, the club has always stood on more than solid foundations. Pinault is also the head of Kering, the group that includes several high-end fashion brands such as Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. In recent years, his assets have increased considerably, which is great news for the fans of the French team.

  1. Dietrich Mateschitz, New York Red Bull: 27.4 billion

Dietrich Mateschitz is the owner of the Red Bull football teams, which include the New York Red Bulls, RB Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg, and Red Bull Brazil. Red Bull is a very famous and widespread energy drink all over the world, and in recent years, the clubs linked to this brand have gained more and more importance in the football scene. For instance, Leipzig is currently at the top of the German championship.

  1. Mansour bin Zayd Al Nahyan, Manchester City: 23 billion

Mansour bin Zayd Al Nahyan bought Manchester City in 2008 for 250 million pounds and immediately invested 42 million euros in Robinho. To date, City is one of the greatest powers in world football, and over the years, the property has invested a total of 1.5 billion euros. It is worth noting that Mansour’s assets are one thing, while those of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which he owns, amount to 630 billion euros.