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Newcastle will have the richest owners in world football’ once £300m Saudi takeover is complete

1. Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund – Newcastle if deal goes through (£320bn)

The consortium invests on behalf of the country’s government and after years of not spending much on players, the club is set to by some of the world’s most powerful people representing the gulf state.

2. Sheikh Mansour – Manchester City (£23.2bn) 

Mansour bought City in 2008 and turned them into one of football’s biggest clubs globally. He is the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and and comes from Abu Dhabi’s royal family. Khaldoon Al Mubarak handles the day-to-day running of the club. 

 3. Dietrich Mateschitz – RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg (£15.7bn) 

The founder of Red Bull who has invested his cash into sport. Has had a Formula One team since 2005, the same year he purchased what was then known as SV Austria Salzburg. He later founded RB Leipzig in 2009 and both teams are now Champions League regulars.

4. Andrea Agnelli – Juventus (£15.7bn)

The son of former chairman Umberto and was appointed to the role in 2010 to become the fourth member of the family to run the club. The Agnelli family made their fortunate having founded Fiat in 1899. 

5. Roman Abramovich – Chelsea (£9.6m)

Arrived in 2003 and turned them into Premier League winners in two years. His biggest business beforehand came in petrochemicals and oil trading, gaining a controlling stake in one of Russia’s largest oil companies Sibneft in 1995.  

 6. Philip Anschutz – LA Galaxy (£8.1bn)

Turned to sports after previously being involved in the family business of oil drilling. Helped found the MLS and has owned a whole host of clubs including the LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes and D.C. United.

7. Stan Kroenke – Arsenal (£6.8bn) 

First brought shares in the Gunners in 2008 before increasing his stake in 2011. The American owns a number of sports teams including the LA Rams, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids. His real estate development group specialises in shopping centres and apartments.  

8. Nasser Al-Khelaifi -PSG (£6.5bn)

Former tennis player Al-Khelaifi became friends with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim who is the head of sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority. The group bought PSG in 2011 with Al-Khelaifi made chairman and CEO.

9. Zhang Jindong – Inter Milan (£6.2bn)

Despite Inter Milan’s recent financial issues they have one of the worlds most wealthiest owners who is the founder and major stakeholder in retailer Suning. Jindong, 58, purchased a majority stake in the Italian giants through his own private holding company in 2016.

10. Guo Guangchang – Wolves (£5.2bn) 

Purchased Wolves in 2016 and has helped turn the club into a Premier League side. Chairman of the Fosun Group who after expanded into healthcare and retail became one of the largest investments firms across the world.