Elite-level football is an attractive investment prospect for billionaires across the world thanks to the associated prestige and potential for lucrative returns.
The Premier League is the wealthiest national league in world football and a number of its clubs are owned by billionaire businessmen from China, the United States and the Middle East.
Here, GOAL takes a look at the richest Premier League club owners...
Premier League club
Est. net worth (2022)
Saudi Public Investment Fund
John W Henry
David Sullivan & David Gold
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Delia Smith & Michael Wynn-Jones
Saudi Public Investment Fund | Newcastle | £320bn
The Saudi Public Investment Fund completed a £300m takeover at Newcastle in October 2021, with the Magpies immediately becoming the richest club in the Premier League.
The consortium on Tyneside is backed by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman, who is said to boast personal wealth in excess of £2.5bn.
Sheikh Mansour | Man City | £22.9bn
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour ushered in a golden era when he took over the club in 2008, pumping millions into the project in pursuit of Premier League glory.
The Emirati's wealth has been amassed through the oil industry, but he has spread it around a number of different investments.
Roman Abramovich | Chelsea | £9.6bn
Before Sheikh Mansour at City, Russian businessman Roman Abramovich built an empire at Chelsea using his vast wealth, which was accrued chiefly through oil and steel manufacturing.
Abramovich's investment in the Blues began in 2003 and helped to bring Premier League and Champions League trophies to the London club, but he is currently in the process of selling and moving on.
Stan Kroenke | Arsenal | £6.35bn
American billionaire Stan Kroenke owns and operates Arsenal through his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment company.
Gunners fans are not particularly enamoured with Kroenke, though, who is accused by some of 'absentee ownership'.
The American also owns MLS side Colorado Rapids, the Los Angeles Rams in NFL, the Denver Nuggets in the NBA and the Colorado Avalanche in NHL.
Nassef Sawiris | Aston Villa | £5.3bn
Egyptian businessman Nassef Sawiris made his fortune in the construction industry and is one of the richest Africans in the world, according to Forbes.
Sawiris became involved in the running of Aston Villa in 2018, taking over from Tony Xia.
Guo Guanchang | Wolves | £4.5bn
Wolves are owned by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, the head of which, Guo Guanchang, boasts a net worth of £4.5bn. Fosun International works in a number of different sectors, including pharmaceutical and research areas.
Wolves have had significant investment under Fosun International, which has helped them to earn promotion to the Premier League and challenge for European qualification.
Joe Lewis | Tottenham | £3.6bn
North London club Tottenham are owned by British businessmen Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy.
Lewis is the head of ENIC International and the Tavistock Group, which has a diverse investment portfolio, ranging from oil, gas and energy to agriculture and logistics. Levy, meanwhile, is part-owner of ENIC International and has been involved with various football investments.
Glazer family | Manchester United | £3.5bn
Their business portfolio is extensive, including healthcare ventures, property and banking interests, among other things.
The Glazer family took control of Manchester United in 2005, prompting an acrimonious split within the Red Devils fanbase, the tremors of which are still felt today.
Joshua Harris | Crystal Palace | £3.36bn
A private equity investor who has worked with the Trump administration, Joshua Harris is part-owner of Crystal Palace, along with Steve Parish and David S. Blitzer.
As well as Palace, Harris also has controlling interests in NHL team the New Jersey Devils and NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha & family | Leicester City | £2.9bn
CEO of King Power, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, is the owner of Premier League club Leicester City, having taken over from his father Vichai, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in 2018.
King Power is a Thai business which deals in the Duty Free sector.
Gao Jisheng | Southampton | £2.3bn
A £210m deal for Southampton struck in 2017 allowed Gao Jisheng to take the reins at St Mary's.
The Chinese businessman was the founder of Lander Sports Development, but has now parted with enough shares to lose control of the real estate company.
John W Henry (FSG) | Liverpool | £2.14bnGetty
American billionaire John W. Henry is the principal owner of Liverpool alongside TV producer and businessman Tom Werner. The pair, who run Fenway Sports Group (FSG), also own the Boston Red Sox.
Henry and Werner took over Liverpool in 2010 and have gradually brought the club back to the summit of English and European football, securing a Champions League crown in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020.
Farhad Moshiri | Everton | £1.9bn
British-Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri is the chief owner of Everton, having acquired a controlling stake in the club in 2016.
He made his money in the steel and energy industry and previously owned a stake in Arsenal.
David Sullivan & David Gold | West Ham | £1.62bn
David Sullivan, who is said to be worth over £1.1bn, made his fortune in the pornography business and once owned the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport.
David Gold is the owner of Gold Group International, the parent company of Ann Summers, and controls 60 per cent of West Ham alongside Sullivan.
Tony Bloom | Brighton | £765m
Tony Bloom became Brighton chairman in 2009 and oversaw their rise from League One into the Premier League.
Has acquired most of his fortune from online gambling and one finished fourth in the World Series of Poker.
Andrea Radrizzani | Leeds | £344mGetty Images
Andrea Radrizzani initially bought a 50 per cent stake in Leeds, before going on to complete a full takeover from Massimo Cellini in 2017.
He launched the Aser Ventures investment scheme in 2015 and is also involved with sports broadcaster Eleven Sports.
Gino Pozzo | Watford | £93m
Gino Pozzo is the son of Italian businessman Giampaolo Pozzo, who made his money through the tool-maker Freud.
The Pozzo family took control at Vicarage Road in 2012 and have seen the Hornets take in a number of promotions and relegations since then.
Mike Garlick | Burnley | £62m
The founder of Michael Bailey Associates, a project management and consultancy firm, Garlick became sole chairman of Burnley when John Banaszkiewicz stepped down in 2015.
Delia Smith & Michael Wynn-Jones | Norwich | £23m
The husband and wife combo - with Delia Smith making her name in cooking and Michael Wynn-Jones from the publishing industry - have been majority shareholders at Norwich since 1996.
Matthew Benham saved Brentford from financial ruin before guiding them to the Premier League for the first time.
A boyhood Bees fan who made his money from gambling firms, he is also the majority shareholder at Danish side Midtjylland.