Mittal tops Abramovich in world’s richest footie club owners list
London, Jan. 7: Indian-born steel baron Lakshmi Mittal has pushed Russo-Latvian billionaire Roman Abramovich down the rankings in the latest world top 20 rich list of football club owners.
According to The Mirror, Mittal and his family, which owns the football club QPR, are worth 12.5 billion pounds, as opposed to Abramovich, who owns Chelsea, and is worth seven billion pounds.
Manchester City football club owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan with earnings of 15 billion pounds is the only person ranked above Mittal, says the tabloid.
Abramovich was at the top the football club owners rich list from 2003 to 2008. Abramovich is believed to have lost a third of that in the world economic downturn.
The Rich List Top 20:
1 Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Man City) 15 billion pounds
2 Lakshmi Mittal and family (QPR) 12.5 billion pounds
3 Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) 7 billion pounds
4 Joe Lewis (Tottenham) 2.5 billion pounds
5 Bernie and Slavica Ecclestone (QPR) 2.4 billion pounds
6 Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal) 2.245 billion pounds
7 Alisher Usmanov (Arsenal) 1.5 billion pounds
8 Lord Grantchester and the Moores Family (Everton) 1.2 billion pounds
9 Dermot Desmond (Celtic) 1.2 billion pounds
10 Lord Ashcroft (Watford) 1.1 billion pounds
11 Malcolm Glazer and family (Man Utd) 1.1 billion pounds
12 Simon Keswick (Cheltenham) 966 million pounds
13 Trevor Hemmings (Preston) 900 million pounds
14 Mike Ashley (Newcastle) 800 million pounds
15 Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) 750 million pounds
16 Tom Hicks (Liverpool) 700 million pounds
17 The Walker Family (Blackburn) 660 million pounds
18 Mohammed Al Fayed (Fulham) 650 million pounds
19 Sir David Murray (Rangers) 600 million pounds
20 Steve Morgan (Wolves) 400 million pounds
David Beckham's status as the richest player remains unchallenged with a fortune estimated at 125 million pounds, more than three times that of nearest - and distant - challenger Michael Owen. (ANI)