Tuesday, August 08, 2017

What capitalist do you support?

Arsenal: The club is worth around £1.5bn – the sixth most valuable club in Europe. Their owner. Stan Kroenke, owns more than two-thirds of the club, is also the owner of assorted American teams, the Denver Nuggets of the NBA and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. He launched a new TV channel in the UK (MyOutdoorTV) dedicated to bloodsports, hunting and killing potentially endangered species, like lions and elephants, for the pleasure and glorification of stupid idiots with big guns. Minority owner, Alisher Usmanov, an Uzbek-born Russian businessman and former fencer, made his money out of mining. Now he’s the fifth richest person in Britain, according to The Sunday Times. Did time in jail.

Bournemouth: Seventy-five per cent owned by AFCB Enterprises Ltd, behind which is the Opalus Trust, behind which is Maxim Demin. Demin is another Russian businessman. But even more mysterious. Never gives interviews. Remaining 25 per cent largely owned by Matthew Hulsizer, a Chicago financier, and his wife Jenny Just, joint owners of Peak6 Investments in Chicago.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Main man is Tony Bloom, local lad.

Burnley: Mike Garlick, chairman, Burnley born and bred. Head of a project management company.

Chelsea: Roman Abramovich. Oligarch. Russian.
Crystal Palace: Owned by a consortium, British (Steve Parrish) and American (Joshua Harris and David Blitzer).
Everton: Owner, Farhad Moshiri. British, born in Iran, resides in Monaco, former stakeholder in Arsenal, and business partner of Alisher Usmanov (Arsenal). 
Huddersfield Town: Dean Hoyle, based in Huddersfield, founder (together with his wife Janet) of the Card Factory, a chain of greetings cards and gift stores.

Leicester City: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thai billionaire, founder and CEO of King Power duty-free shops. Recently bought a second football club in Belgium.
Liverpool: John W Henry, owner of Fenway Sports. Owns Boston Red Sox. 
Manchester City: Sheikh Mansour. Oil billionaire and deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. 
Manchester United: The Glazers. 
Newcastle United: Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct. 
Southampton: Katharina Liebherr. The only woman owner of a Premier League team. Swiss. Recently booted off the board of directors in “restructuring”. Rumours of a possible Chinese takeover.
Stoke City: Owner Peter Coates, born in Stoke, chairman of Bet365. Sold the club to an Icelandic consortium then bought it back again.
Swansea: Americans Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien are the majority shareholders, the latter co-owns DC United. The supporters’ trust has a 21 per cent stake.
Tottenham Hotspur:  The club’s owners are Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy. Levy is an Essex boy. Managing director of ENIC, who own a controlling stake. Joe Lewis lives in the Bahamas.
Watford: Gino Pozzo, an Italian, son of a guy who runs clubs in Spain and Italy.
West Bromwich Albion: Owner is a Chinese businessman, Guochuan Lai, property development and construction.
West Ham United:  David Sullivan and David Gold. They made their money out of porn, adult magazines, films.

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