However, when you consider the amount of money in the hands of the clubs’ respective owners, you see just how much the idea that Premier League football is a rich man’s game rings true. We’ve ranked the owners of the 20 clubs in the 2020/21 Premier League by their wealth, according to the most recent available reports.
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Sheikh Mansour – £15.19m
The richest owner in the Premier League, Manchester City’s Sheikh Mansour celebrated a decade at the helm back in 2008.
Under the ownership of the Abu Dhabi royal, the club has broken its transfer record many times over and won multiple Premier League titles.
Earlier this year, Goal reported the Emirati’s net worth at $20bn (£15.19bn).
Roman Abramovich – £9.65bn
The Chelsea owner sparked the rise of the super-rich owner in Premier League football when he took over as owner of the London club back in 2003.
Under the ownership of the Russian-Israeli businessman, the Blues were the biggest spenders in the Premier League in 2020 after signing players including Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
At the time of writing, Forbes puts his net worth at $12.7bn (£9.65bn), up from $11.3m back in the spring when the publication posted its most recent billionaires list.
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Stan Kroenke – £6.31bn
Arsenal owner Kroenke is one of a number of Americans to invest in Premier League clubs, and has been involved with the Gunners for more than a decade.
The 73-year-old has been involved with American sports franchises for even longer, and remains the owner of the Los Angeles Rams among others.
Forbes reports his net worth at $8.3bn (£6.31bn) at the time of writing, down from $10bn in Aprll.
Shahid Khan – £5.93bn
Like Kroenke, Khan has a background in American sports.
The Fulham owner and chairman was confirmed as owner of NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and completed his Fulham takeover the following year. He and his son, Fulham director Tony Khan, are also involved in All Elite Wrestling.
Khan’s net worth sits at $7.8bn (£5.93bn), according to Forbes.
Nassef Sawiris – £5.39bn
Aston Villa owner Sawiris was second on Forbes’ African billionaires list in 2020, and the Egyptian’s wealth has only increased since then.
Sawiris’ background is in the construction industry, and he completed his takeover of the Birmingham club when they were still in the Championship.
Since April, his wealth has climbed from $5bn to $7.1bn (£5.39bn) according to Forbes.
Guo Guangchang – £4.41bn
Guangchang is the founder and co-chair of Fosun International, the group which completed a 2016 takeover of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A number of the group’s investments are in the pharmaceutical industry, and Guangchang’s co-founder Liang Xinjun is also on Forbes’ Billionaires List.
The 53-year-old is worth $5.8bn (£4.41bn) at the time of writing, according to Forbes, up from $4.4bn in April.
Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy – £3.98bn
Tottenham are owned by ENIC Group, whose owners include Joe Lewis and current Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Lewis is worth $4.8bn (£3.65bn) according to Forbes, while the most recent Sunday Times Rich List put Levy’s net worth at £329m.
It was the first time Levy, who has been in his post at Tottenham since 2001 and was the highest-paid Premier League executive last year, made the Sunday Times list.
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Glazer family – £3.8bn
The late Malcolm Glazer built up his stake in United over the early part of the 21st century, and the club remained in the hands of his family following his death in 2014, with sons Avram and Joel serving as co-chairmen.
The Glazer family also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL franchise, and real estate holding company First Allied Corporation.
Back in April of this year, the Manchester Evening News reported that the family was worth £3.8bn.
Joshua Harris – £3.42bn
A Crystal Palace co-owner since 2015, Harris’ other sporting ventures include the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA and the New Jersey Devils of the NHL.
Harris is a founder of investment group Apollo Global Management, and his fellow owners at the London club include David Blitzer and chairman Steve Parish.
His wealth sits at $4.5bn (£3.42bn), according to Forbes, up from $4bn in April.
Gao Jisheng – £3.1bn
Jisheng, from China, completed his Southampton takeover in 2017 but reportedly put the club up for sale this year.
He sold a stake in investment vehicle Lander Sports Development earlier this year, according to The Athletic, fetching an estimated £148.5m.
According to a list published by the Mail earlier this year, he was worth an estimated £3.1bn in May.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (and family) – £2.96bn
The son of Leicester City’s late former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash in 2018, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has remained on the board of the Foxes and currently serves as chairman.
He is also vice-chairman and CEO of Thai travel retail company King Power, whose name adorns Leicester’s stadium.
According to Forbes, the 35-year-old was one of the five youngest billionaires in Asia when the publication’s 2020 Billionaires List was published, since when his net worth has risen from $3.7bn to $3.9bn (£2.96bn).
Mike Ashley – £2.66bn
Ashley is still in charge at Newcastle United, after takeover talk during the summer failed to bring about a change in ownership.
The British businessman bought the club in 2007, making him one of the longer-serving owners in the Premier League.
Ashley, who made his fortune through his company Sports Direct, is worth $3.5bn (£2.66bn) according to Forbes, up from $2.5bn in April.
John W Henry and Tom Werner – £2.35-2.66bn
Henry and Werner are the men at the top of Fenway Sports Group, owners of Liverpool.
The pair had been involved in American sports before arriving at Anfield, most notably taking charge of the Boston Red Sox in 2002.
Henry is worth $2.8bn (£2.13bn), according to Forbes, while TV producer Werner’s wealth has been reported at anywhere between $300m-700m.
The English sides will look to add to their Champions League hauls this season
Lai Guochuan- £2.2bn
Lai Guochuan has been West Bromwich Albion’s owner since 2016, when he completed a takeover worth a reported £200m.
The Chinese businessman’s past lies in the landscape development and construction industries, and his spell in charge of West Brom has included a relegation in 2018 and a promotion in 2020.
According to an EFL owner rich list published by Bristol Live in April, Lai was worth just under £2.2bn in spring of this year.
Farhad Moshiri – £1.9bn
Everton owner Moshiri had invested in Arsenal before taking a 49.9% stake in the Merseyside club in 2016.
The Iranian made his money in the steel and energy industries, and is a long-time business partner of former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov.
His net worth has risen from $2.2bn to $2.5bn (£1.9bn) since April, according to Forbes.
David Sullivan and David Gold – £1.56bn
West Ham owners Sullivan and Gold have been at the east London club for more than a decade, having taken over during the 2009/10 season.
Gold’s family assets include lingerie brand Ann Summers, while he also made money in the magazine, printing and distribution business.
Gold and his daughters are worth £460m according to the Sunday Times, while Sullivan – his business partner in the adult magazine industry, is worth £1.1bn.
Tony Bloom – £1.3bn
Bloom has been the owner of Brighton & Hove Albion since 2009, having built his fortune in the world of online gambling – among other areas – before taking control of his hometown club.
The 50-year-old has also regularly appeared in high-stakes poker tournaments around the world, winning just shy of AU$1m at a single tournament in Australia in 2011.
According to a talkSPORT rich list, he was worth £1.3bn as of May this year.
Andrea Radrizzani – £450m
Italian businessman Radrizzani took full ownership of Leeds United in 2017, taking over from previous incumbent Massimo Cellino.
The 46-year-old’s investment firm Aser Ventures operates predominantly in the sports and media spheres, and owns the Eleven Sports TV channels.
According to Bristol Live, he was worth £450m as of April this year.
Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – £198m
Prince Abdullah, part of the Saudi Royal family, made money in the paper manufacturing industry before investing in Sheffield United.
He took a 50% stake in the Yorkshire club in 2013, becoming full owner several years later, and also has ownership interests in clubs in Belgium, India and the UAE.
According to the Mail, he is worth an estimated £198m.
Mike Garlick – £62m
Burnley owner Garlick has the lowest net worth of any Premier League owner, and has been sole chairman of the Clarets since 2015.
The British businessman made his money in the management consultancy industry, among other fields, and reportedly held talks with a US-based investment firm over a potential sale earlier this year.
The Mail reports his net worth at £62m, the lowest of any Premier League owner.