Sir Jim Ratcliffe has thrown his hat into the ring to become Manchester United's new owner and join the abundance of super-rich Premier League owners.
Britain's wealthiest man is a lifelong United supporter and has made his interest known in a potential takeover as the Glazer family look to sell. “We have formally put ourselves into the process,” a spokesman for the petrochemicals billionaire told The Times on Tuesday.
Ratcliffe has amassed a huge personal fortune from his company Ineos and various other investments – which include French Ligue 1 club Nice and a stake in Formula One franchise Mercedes. But where does he rank among the other owners in the English top flight?
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Forbes report Ratcliffe, 70, has a reported net worth of around £12.6billion. That would be enough to see him rank in the top five Premier League owners in third place. He's got a fair way to go to catch the man ahead of him, with the owner of United's neighbours Manchester City, Sheikh Mansour, worth an estimated £24.4bn.
Like Ratcliffe – who owns a stake in Swiss side Lausanne as well as Nice – Mansour has investments in multiple clubs, with City Football Group now owning 11 teams including Melbourne City, New York City, Yokohama Marinos and Mumbai City.
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Ratcliffe failed with an attempt to buy Chelsea in the summer, losing out to a consortium led by Todd Boehly, Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter, whose combined fortune is estimated to be £12bn, putting them in fourth. Arsenal's owner Stan Kroenke completes the top five with a fortune of £10.5bn.
Below them would be Aston Villa's owners – Wesley Edens and Nassef Sawiris, who share £9.4bn in net worth between them. Sawiris is Egypt's richest man, while private equity investor Edens also holds a stake in NBA franchise Milwaukee Bucks.
Unsurprisingly, Newcastle – backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund – top the list of richest clubs with their owners holding a staggering combined fortune of over £430bn, blowing their rivals out of the water.
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