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Carlos Slim Tops List Of Richest Soccer Club Investors, With George Soros Fourth

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is the world’s richest soccer team owner, according to rankings from data firm Wealth-X. Slim bought a 30% stake in Liga MX clubs Pachuca and Leon last year. In second place is Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega, who holds a stake in Deportivo de La Coruña, which plays in the second division in Spain. The highest ranking American owner is George Soros, who owns a nearly 2% stake in EPL club Manchester United. The list of owners and investors features teams from 11 countries. Seven of the 20 clubs are from England, but are owned by foreign-born investors. EPL club Arsenal is the only club to be featured twice on the list, with Rams Owner Stan Kroenke and Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov having large stakes in the club (Wealth-X).

RICHEST SOCCER CLUB OWNERS/INVESTORS
RK
OWNER/INVESTOR
NET WORTH ($US)
CLUB(S) LEAGUE (COUNTRY)
1
Carlos Slim
$70B
Leon, Pachuca Liga MX (Mexico)
2
Amancio Ortega
$51B
Deportivo de la Coruña Segunda Division (Spain)
3
Alisher Usmanov
$20B
Arsenal EPL (U.K.)
4
George Soros
$19B
Manchester United EPL (U.K.)
5
Paul Allen
$15B
Sounders FC MLS (U.S.)
6
Lakshmi Mittal
$15B
Queens Park Rangers League Championship (U.K.)
7
Rinat Akhmetov
$15B
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Premier League (Ukraine)
8
Francois-Henry Pinault
$14B
Rennes Ligue 1 (France)
9
Roman Abramovich
$12B
Chelsea EPL (U.K.)
10
John Fredriksen
$12B
Vålerenga Tippeligaen (Norway)
11
Phil Anschutz
$10B
Galaxy MLS (U.S.)
12
Dmitry Rybolovlev
$10B
Monaco Ligue 1 (France)
13
Silvio Berlusconi
$7B
AC Milan Serie A (Italy)
14
Sheikh Mansour
$7B
Manchester City; NYC FC EPL (U.K.); MLS (U.S.)
15
Dietrich Mateschitz
$7B
FC Salzburg; Red Bulls Bundesliga (Austria); MLS (U.S.).
16
Suleyman Kerimov
$6B
Anzhi Makhachkala Premier League (Russia)
17
Denis O'Brien
$5B
Celtic SPL (Scotland)
18
Leonid Fedun
$4B
Spartak Moscow Premier League (Russia)
19
Stan Kroenke
$4B
Arsenal; Rapids EPL (U.K.); MLS (U.S.)
20
Joe Lewis
$4B
Tottenham Hotspur EPL (U.K.)
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