Football has increasingly become a billionaires playground.

It is both a lucrative and expensive affair, from the really expensive salaries of the players to the infrastructure necessary to host a match, only billionaires can upkeep such enterprise.


In 2017, there are 50 billionaires who own football teams and it´s really hard to keep track of their fortune, since it goes up and down as a team in the league ranking.

Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa lists these sports loving individuals.

His net worth rounds US$66.1 billion and he owns the Mexican Clubs Pachuca and León and the Spanish team Real Oviedo. He made his fortune in telecommunications and now owns a kind of omnipresent empire.

He´s the owner of the competitive Deportivo La Coruña of Spain. He owns a fashion retail monster called Inditex, which got him the $57 billion he declared.

His $ 19.2 billion net worth allowed him to buy shares in Manchester United of the Premier League. He however has no voting rights.

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He is one of the wealthiest men in his country with a fortune of $ 14.7 billion and is the second largest shareholder in the Arsenal Football Club of England.

His wealth is $16.5 billion and now owns only 11% in  Queens Park Rangers Football Club after selling off to the Tune Group.

With a net worth of $4.5 billion that he made from owning the FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

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With a net worth of$27.3  billion ,Pinault and his family own  Stade Rennais of France. His group owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other fashion companies.

After co-founding Microsoft with Bill Gates,Allen is valued at $20.7 billion. He has invested part of that considerable wealth in the Seattle Sounders club of the MLS.

Dmitry Rybolovlev

The current owner of French principality club Monaco is valued at $7.4 billion. After initially splurging on big money signings like Radamel Falcao,James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, he changed tactics to focus on youth development and has made a killing with record transfers for players like Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe.

Stan Kroenke

Arsenal's majority share holder is a serial owner of sports franchises. The Kraft foods boss has a net worth of $8.1 billion.

Wang Jianlin

For several years China's richest man, the owner of the Wanda group spent a considerable bit of his wealth to purchase a 20% stake in La Liga side Atletico Madrid while also putting his name on their brand new stadium the Wanda Metropolitano.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

When he is not too busy working as the deputy prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mansour pays attention to his English club Manchester City.

Patrice Motsepe

The owner of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa is one of the richest men in Africa with a net worth of $1.84 billion dollars.

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