The 20 Most Filthy-Rich Club Owners in World Football

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2012

The 20 Most Filthy-Rich Club Owners in World Football

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    Roman Abramovich created a new wave of filthy-rich club owners in world football when he took over Chelsea back in 2003.

    Since then he has been surpassed by people such as the Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and others.

    Interestingly enough, two of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are fan-owned.

    These owners may not all be the singular person in charge of their club, and in some cases they may co-own a club or be the majority shareholder.

    For this list we are going to go by the net worth of the various owners.

    Here are the 20 most filthy-rich club owners in world football.

Malaga CF: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani

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    Net Worth (Approx)

    Unsure but most likely around Sheikh Mansour's amount considering his status as a member of the Qatari royal family.

    Malaga's new owner bought the club back in 2010. He has splashed the cash a good many times since gaining ownership.

19. Fiorentina: Andrea Della Valle

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    Net Worth (Approx): $1.2 billion

    Andrea Della Valle is the owner of one of Italy's most storied clubs.

18. Newcastle: Mike Ashley

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    Net Worth (Approx): $1.9 billion

    Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in 2007. Things have been interesting for both owner and the club since then, but he is certainly a filthy-rich owner.

17. Manchester United: Malcolm Glazer(Glazer Family)

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    Net Worth (Approx): $2.7 billion

    Malcolm Glazer and the Glazer family certainly haven't received much love from their fanbase since acquiring the club in 2005.

16. Tottenham Hotspur: Joe Lewis

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    Net Worth (Approx): $3.2 billion

    Tottenham fans must love Joe Lewis and all he has done for the club in recent times. If he can help the club keep hold of stars like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, the sky's the limit.

15. Arsenal: Stan Kroenke

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    Net Worth (Approx): $3.2 billion

    "Silent" Stan Kroenke hasn't put himself about for Arsenal as yet. He endorsed the clubs financial policies in the past, and it doesn't seem like the club will be seeing any great investment soon.

14. Celtic: Denis O'Brien

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    Net Worth (Approx): $4.2 billion

    Denis O'Brien is seventh on FourFourTwo magazine's list of the richest people in football in the United Kingdom.

13. Southampton FC: The Liebherr Family

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    Net Worth (Approx): $4.7 million*

    Recently deceased Markus Liebherr left his family in charge of Southampton. He helped the club greatly when he took over in 2009.

    *Used currency converter to change FourFourTwo's amount

12. AC Milan: Silvio Berlusconi

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    Net Worth (Approx): $6.2 billion

    Italy's prime minister is well known to many football fans. He certainly has to have wealth to keep the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his team.

11. L.A. Galaxy: Philip Anschutz

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    Net Worth (Approx): $7 billion

    You could say that Philip Anschutz may be the man that got the ball rolling for the MLS. That is, due to his acquisition of David Beckham. You certainly have to be wealthy to pay his salary.

10. Spartak Moscow: Leonid Fedun

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    Net worth (Approx): $7.1 billion

    Leonid Fedun has been a longtime owner of Spartak Moscow, and the team would surely hope to have more success with such financial backing.

9. FC Anzhi Makhachkala: Suleiman Kerimov

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    Net Worth (Approx): $7.8 billion

    Suleiman Kerimov is the owner of that Russian team you always hear about in transfer rumours. Now you know why.

8. Valerenga FC: John Fredriksen

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    Net Worth (Approx): $10.7 billion

    John Fredriksen has been a longtime owner of the Norwegian club.

7. Stade Rennais FC: Francois Henri Pinault

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    Net Worth (Approx): $11.5 billion

    Francois Henri Pinault inherited his father's fortunes and hasn't really put them to much use with this squad.

6. Seattle Sounders: Paul Allen

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    Net Worth (Approx): $13.2 billion

    Paul Allen is a minority owner for one of the MLS' most exciting clubs.

5. Chelsea: Roman Abramovich

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    Net Worth (Approx): $13.4 Billion

    There is not much left to be said about Roman Abramovich. He started a trend and is being left behind, or becoming smarter.

4. Arsenal: Alisher Usmanov

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    Net Worth (Approx): $17.7 billion

    Alisher Usmanov and the Arsenal board haven't really seen eye to eye . It seemed as if the board got the man they preferred to be majority stakeholder in Stan Kroenke.

3. Queens Park Rangers: Lakshmi Mittal

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    Net Worth (Approx): $19.2 billion

    You can see why Queens Park Rangers finally returned to the Premier League.

2. Deportivo La Coruna: Amancio Ortega

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    Net Worth (Approx): $31 Billion

    How is Deportivo La Coruna still in the Liga Adelante?

1.Manchester City: Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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    Net Worth (Approx): $31.5 billion*

    Sheikh Mansour is certainly at the top of the game when it comes to being a filthy-rich owner.

    *Used currency converter to change FourFourTwo's amount