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We’re in the Money: England’s Top Richest in Football

October 7, 2009


In the wake of Portsmouth’s Financial mess, interest in the money driving the English game has come to the forefront.

Filthy Rich.
That’s the name of the Wealthy Man’s club where Roman Abramovich barely makes the membership list.
But even with his latest maritime expenditures, he still makes the cut.

Here are your 5 richest shareholders and top 10 wealthiest players:


1. Lakshmi Mittal (QPR)                                          £18.4 billion

2. Sheikh Mansour (Manchester City)               £17.0 billion

3. Roman Abramovich (Chelsea)                         £7.8 billion

4. Joe Lewis (Tottenham)                                        £2.5 billion

5. Stanley Kroenke (Arsenal)                                  £2.1 billion


1. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)                             £125 million

2. Michael Owen (Manchester United)               £38 million

3. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)            £37 million

4.Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)               £30 million

5. Ryan Giggs-Preece (Manchester United)     £24 million

6. Michael Ballack (Chelsea)                                   £22 million

7. Frank Lampard (Chelsea)                                   £21 million

8. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)                               £20 million

9. John Terry (Chelsea)                                            £18 million

10. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)                                   £16 million

Ugh, Dids, Dids, Dids…. £16 million and that barnet?  Slide some of that my way and I’ll plan a day at the salon and spa for both of us.

So what do you think?  Any surprises?

And a question posed by my favorite Mike Wedderburn this morning on Sky Sports- What would happen to football in England if these wealthy shareholders pulled out of the game?

News of the World is set to release a list of the top 100 earners in England later today.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. George permalink
    October 7, 2009 11:36 am

    I’m really surprised by QPR being at the top. I mean, I knew they had good backing, but a whole £16.3 billion richer than Arsenal? Crazy.

    Also a huge gap between Beckham and Owen. Just shows the kinda money the Americans have compared to us. We’re still relatively poor compared to them!

    • October 7, 2009 11:44 am

      This guy Lakshmi Mittal is sick with money. I saw a show on most extravagant weddings and his daughter’s was #1 of all time.

      I think David Beckham is paid ridiculously more than most MLS players. The MLS clubs actually don’t have any money because they’re owned by the league, not by individuals like Mittal. I’d guess the average MLS player’s wages are less than 6 figures annually.

      Endorsements are hefty though, and I’m sure 50 foot adverts of Golden Balls in his underpants brought in a tidy sum. And made me gag.

      • October 7, 2009 11:56 am

        I like the Ryan Giggs-Preece part!

        So do you get half of the £24 million KP?

      • Manobear permalink
        October 7, 2009 4:48 pm

        Some players in the MLS quit to get better jobs like cleaning pools, and some still live their parents because they can’t afford to live on their own. And then theres the Beckham rule which i believe allows each team to only have 2 players that make over i believe 1 million dollars annually, so for the galaxy that would be Becks and Landycakes.

      • October 7, 2009 5:05 pm

        I wouldn’t take one quid off him. But he spoils me with presents all the time. And by presents, I mean shoes.

    • October 7, 2009 6:00 pm

      If i’m not mistaken Lakshmi Mittal is one of the world’s richest man.. i think he’s in the top 3 actually…

      I know based on industry (Steel) he is the richest.. but have no idea how it compares to the other industries…

  2. October 7, 2009 12:27 pm

    Answer to Wedderburn’s question: Premiership’s level would drop, plus Chelsea, Man U, Liverpool (well, not us) and some other teams wouldn’t be able to sign the great players they’ve been signing last year.

  3. October 7, 2009 2:21 pm

    Didn’t think Michael Owen would still be in the top ten. I guess this list is net worth?

  4. Shane MacSuibhne permalink
    October 7, 2009 9:02 pm

    Really surprised Owen is up there but I guess he was on £100,000+ per week at Newcastle for the past few years. That’s gotta be net worth though couldn’t be annually. It’s pretty scandelous that 9 of the top 10 are in the EPL too, don’t think any club could pay that kind of money without some sort of external investment. The drogba barnet is mostly combover but seeing he’s on the list maybe he can afford to sort it out now!

    • Shallowgirl permalink
      October 8, 2009 4:20 pm

      I think this must indicate that Owen has a bit of a brain, a rarity indeed, and hasn’t p***ed his earnings up the wall since he started. like so many of them. Good on him. Ditto Beckham. Another shrewd footballer I believe was Robbie Fowler, who had a huge property portfolio (sadly diminished now I think).

  5. Hush permalink
    October 8, 2009 12:30 am

    Since Henry none of Arsenal’s players are close to being on this list, as a supporter it makes me feel even more grateful to have some like Arsene Wenger at the helm.

    Out of the shareholders, looks like Lewis has invested the highest percentage of his money into Spurs, nowadays you need to be a multi-billionare to to even to maintain a mid-upper table club.

    And I think the list is net worth, but is updated annually. No way Owen is the 2nd top earner this year!

  6. October 8, 2009 4:14 pm

    I would say that every list that comes up with “rich” + “uk” will have Mr Mittal at it’s top… So it’s hardly news… QPR is jointly held by 3 co owners: Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and LN Mittal.
    About the wedding, yes it had a hefty price tag (50 Million USD) but proportionally to the wealth of the man, i’m pretty certain that is was less then what our parents will splash out for our respective weddings…

    Ok, full disclosure, i’m one of his employees… :)


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