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Roman Abramovich and the Top 10 Mega-Rich Owners in Football

Ryan ReedCorrespondent IIJanuary 5, 2017

Roman Abramovich and the Top 10 Mega-Rich Owners in Football

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    Football is one of the richest sports in the world, boasting several different high-powered leagues with worldwide markets.

    As a result, football clubs are bound to have some pretty rich owners, right?

    Well they do, some of them more wealthy than you could imagine.

    But who is the richest of them all? Well you are about to find out since this article will go through the top 10 richest football club owners.

    Every monetary valuation of owners is taken from Forbes.com.

10. Silvio Berlusconi: A.C. Milan

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    Silvio Berlusconi, the owner of A.C. Milan, comes in at No. 10 on the list.

    Berlusconi built his fortune through the company Finivest and was recently the Prime Minister of Italy, before resigning under allegations of sexual relations with a minor as well as tax fraud.

    He also has done business in real estate, television and movies.

    Berlusconi's current worth is estimated at $5.9 billion.

9. Philip Anschutz: Los Angeles Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Hammarby FC

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    At No. 9 on this list is Philip Anschutz, one of the founding fathers of major league soccer in the United States.

    Anschutz made his money largely in investing. He started off by buying his father's drilling company and invested the money he made in stocks, real estate and railroads.

    He also owns stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings and at one point, he also owned five separate MLS teams.

    He is currently worth $7.6 billion.

8. John Fredriksen: Valerenga

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    At No. 7 on the list, John Fredriksen made his money in the oil tanker and shipping industries. He is currently the owner of the largest oil tanker fleet in the world.

    Fredriksen also has some interests in offshore oil drilling companies.

    He currently owns Valerenga football club, a team that plays in Norway. They won their league's cup in 2008, but have been out of contention since.

    Fredriksen is currently worth $11.3 billion.

7. Roman Abramovich: Chelsea

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    Roman Abramovich is a Russian businessman. He basically used cunning—and sometimes illegal—tactics to make a large bundle of money which has continued to grow.

    He currently runs Millhouse LLC, an investment firm.

    Abramovich also owns Chelsea Football Club, of the English Premier League. It is one of the biggest, most expensive clubs in the world.

    Abramovich is worth $12.1 billion.

6. Francois Pinualt: Stade Rennais

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    Francois Pinualt comes in at No. 5 on this list. He made his money starting the French retail company PPR. Now, Pinualt owns parts of Converse shoes and Samsonite luggage as well as a few smaller companies.

    Currently, Pinualt's holding company owns Stade Rennais F.C. Stade Rennais plays in the Federation Francaise de Football and has fielded solid—but not great—teams for the past decade.

    Pinualt is worth $13 billion.

5. Paul Allen: Seattle Sounders

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    Paul Allen, No. 6 on this list, is the co-founder of Microsoft. Along with that, Allen has an investment profile that's worth in the billions.

    Allen currently owns the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, as well as the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.

    More importantly, he is a partial owner of MLS team the Seattle Sounders. So far he has done an impressive job with the team, averaging over 31,000 fans in attendance per home game.

    Allen is currently worth $15 billion.

4. Rinat Akhmetov: Shakhtar Donetsk

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    At No. 4, Rinat Akhmetov, is a Ukranian businessman and member of the Ukranian parliament.

    Akhmetov made his fortune as the founder and president of System Capital Management. Along with that and being a member of the Ukrainian parliament, he has been suspected of being a part of organized crime in the Ukraine.

    Currently, Akhmetov is the owner of the Shakhtar Donetsk football club, a member of the Ukranian Premier League. They also became the first Ukranian team to win the UEFA cup, doing so in 2009.

    Akhemtov is worth $16 billion.

3. Alisher Usmanov: Arsenal

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    Alisher Usmanov, a Russian businessman, made his money investing in mining, lumber and various other investments. He also has several other business interests, including some television stations as well as publishing houses.

    Usmanov also currently owns around 29 percent of Arsenal, which is just below the highest stakeholder in the club. He has been rapidly acquiring more stocks in the company, moving up from 14.5 percent in 2007.

    Usmanov is worth $18.1 billion.

2. Lakshmi Mittal: Queens Park Rangers

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    Lakshmi Mittal, No. 2 on this list, is an Indian-born businessman who currently resides in England.

    Mittal made his money in the steel industry and currently owns 41 percent of ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel-making company.

    Currently, Mittal holds a 34 percent stake in the Queens Park Rangers, an English Premier League football club. The club was recently promoted after being the 2010-11 Football Leagues Championship champions.

    Mittal is worth $20.7 billion.

1. Amancio Ortega Gaona: Deportivo La Coruna

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    And this, football fans, is the richest owner in football. Amancio Ortega Gaona, a Spanish businessman, made his riches founding the Spanish clothing merchandiser Inditex.

    He has not done much else, and is very quiet in the media, but is currently the worlds fifth richest man.

    Ortega also owns Deportivo de La Coruna, a football club in La Liga of Spain. Over the past few years, Deportivo de La Coruna has been an average club in La Liga and last won a title in 2000. 

    Currently, Amancio Ortega is worth a whopping $37.5 billion.

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