Despite the best of intentions, sport has become a plaything for the world’s wealthiest benefactors.

Whether it’s skyrocketing transfer fees, sky-high salaries or huge stadiums that guarantee a big return on their investment, money certainly talks. And this is not just the case in football as many other sports are dominated by the immense wealth of their respective owners.

However, in true capitalist fashion, there is, and always will be, someone who has more money than everyone else. Informed by research collected by OLBG, Daily Sport Mirror consider the ten richest sports team owners.

10. Mohamed bin Salman – Newcastle United

In October, a jaw-dropping consortium led by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) took over Newcastle United. With the Magpies in the early stages of the historic takeover, many are tipping the North East giants for future Premier League and European dominance.

But while the PIF’s net worth is estimated to be around £320bn, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who is also chairman of the PIF, is not worth as much as Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke. Bin Salman is thought to be worth around $18 billion (£13,693,733.1) and while that’s still an astronomical figure, his net worth may still come as a surprise.

9. Ann and Stanley Kroenke – Arsenal

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Kroenke’s wealth is greater than Bin Salman’s

Leading well, Kroenke is considered the ninth richest sports team owner on the planet. The American businessman bought the rest of the shares of the North Londoners to become the sole shareholder in the summer of 2018.

While Arsenal fans have given him the nickname ‘Silent Stan’, Kroenke is far from silent when it comes to his $19.8bn (£15,063,106.4), Kroenke also owns the Los NFL’s Angeles Rams, NBA giants Denver Nuggets, Ice Hockey icons Colorado Avalanche and MLS side Colorado Rapids.

8. Daniel Gilbert – Cleveland Cavaliers

Gilbert has been the majority shareholder of the Cleveland Cavaliers since 2005

Basketball fans across the pond may know Dan Gilbert best for his controversial open letter to Cleveland Cavaliers fans in 2010. The American businessman criticized LeBron James for left the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.

Gilbert remains in charge of the Cavaliers, who have won six Central Division championships under his leadership. And their success will likely be able to be sustained, as it is backed by his $21.58billion (£16,417,264.4) fortune.

7. Sheikh Mansour – Manchester City

Sheikh Mansour City football group also expands to Australia, USA and New York


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The purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 continues to send absolute shock waves through the Premier League. City have won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and six League Cups since the historic takeover.

Their financial power was flexed last summer when they paid £100million for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish. Luckily for Premier League holders, that fee is a drop in the bucket for Mansour, who is estimated at $22.9 billion. City FC and Indian Super League side Mumbai City.

6. Dietrich Mateschitz – New York Red Bulls

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is believed to be worth over £20billion


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Very few owners are as universally loathed as Dietrich Mateschitz’s Red Bull company. The Austrian billionaire heads the Red Bull sports empire, which has a firm grip on the world of football and Formula 1.

New York Red Bulls, RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Racing all fall under Mateschitz’s lucrative Red Bull Umbrella. And the only way is up as his fortune would be in the ballpark of $28.5 billion (21,681,744.0).

5. François Pinault and family – Stade Rennais

Pinault and his family are popular figures at Stade Rennais

The owner of Artemis, François Pinault, is one of the wealthiest businessmen in the sports world. But despite having greater wealth than any other owner in top-flight football, Pinault’s beloved Stade Rennais are a rather modest side when it comes to European football.

In fact, they are often seen as brave underdogs who have currently fought their way into third place, despite more established clubs also competing against them. However, Pinault is anything but brave, as he is believed to be worth $43.5 billion (£33,093,188.3).

4. David Thomson – Winnipeg Jets

Thomson is the richest person in Canada


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David Thomson is currently the richest person in all of Canada. The chairman of Thomson Corporation also owns two ice hockey giants.

As there is no place like home, he is a major owner of the National Hockey League team, the Winnipeg Jets, as well as American giants Manitoba Moose. Luckily, there’s more than enough money for everyone as it’s worth $50.5 billion (£38,418,528.9).

3. Carlos Slim – Real Oviedo

Slim was once the richest man on the planet

Pinault and his family remain the wealthiest sports owners in elite football. However, they will lose their title to Carlos Slim if Real Oviedo are promoted to La Liga.

Slim was the richest person in the world when he paid £1.91million to buy the Spanish outfit in 2012. Although he has so far lost that illusory title, he is still worth £80.9billion dollars (61,545,722.6).

2. Mukesh Ambani – Mumbai Indians

Mukesh Ambani is the owner of Indian Premier League behemoths Mumbai Indians


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Those who know cricket from a distance will understand the staggering reach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) around the world. So much so that Fortune 500 acclaimed Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani bought Mumbai Indians in 2008 for a staggering $111.9m (£85.68m).

His finances could remain at the heart of the cricketing giants, who also became the first franchise to break the $100m mark in the IPL. However, $100 million is only a small change for Ambani, whose wealth is a terrifying $94.7 billion (72,044,251.3).

1. Steve Ballmer – Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is one of the richest people on the planet


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After serving as CEO of Microsoft for 14 years, Steve Ballmer would have been forgiven for deciding to enjoy putting his feet up and enjoying his fortune. However, Balmer did quite the opposite, buying the NBA giants the Los Angeles Clippers Franchis in 2014 for $2bn (£1.53bn).

Ballmer’s enthusiasm for the Clippers is contagious, as he has regularly been heard for building the “Mecca of basketball” for his beloved team. And he may be able to do just that because he’s worth a chilling $95.7 billion (£72,805,014.3).

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