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Prem’s richest owners and where Ratcliffe would rank if Man Utd deal completed

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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