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Top 10 richest sports team owners in the world as Chelsea and Man City go head-to-head


Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in what is always a battle of vast reserves of cash, but where to the club’s owners rank among other sports team supremos?

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It has been dubbed the ‘El Cashico’ of the Premier League in recent years, and on Saturday lunchtime Chelsea and Manchester City will once again lock horns at Stamford Bridge.

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Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are making plenty of waves on the pitch after they have followed up last season’s Champions League success with victories in four of their opening five Premier League matches this season, but if they are going to win the league then they are likely to have to battle past City to earn it.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won three of the last four league titles after all, taking their crown back from Liverpool last season and no doubt desperate to keep hold of it.

But who comes out on top in the ownership stakes?

Well, that isn’t all that clear.

Sheikh Mansour wasn’t included on the Forbes list
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The widely-respected Forbes magazine published a list of the top 20 richest owners in sport in April this year, and it didn’t include Manchester City supremo Sheikh Mansour.

With the club’s money coming from across the City Football Group, the Sheikh isn’t seen as the sole owner of the club, but recent estimates place his wealth at around £14.6billion.

If the Sheikh was included on this list with that figure then that would place him in sixth position, boasting more money than Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich who comes in at equal eighth with £10.6billion.

All figures come from Forbes magazine in April, with the owners coming from the worlds of basketball, American football, baseball, motorsports and cricket as well as football both in Europe and beyond.

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Here’s the Forbes top 10.

10. Joseph Tsai – Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £8.48billion

Source of wealth: E-commerce

=8. David Tepper – Carolina Panthers (NFL)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £10.6billion

Source of wealth: Hedge funds

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=8. Roman Abramovich – Chelsea FC (Premier League)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £10.6billion

Source of wealth: Steel, investments

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7. Steve Cohen – New York Mets (MLB)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £11.7billion

Source of wealth: Hedge funds

6. Robert Pera – Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £13.37billion

Source of wealth: Wireless networking

5. Dietrich Mateschitz – Red Bull Racing (F1), New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £19.66billion

Source of wealth: Red Bull

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4. Francois Pinault & family – Stade Rennais FC (Ligue 1)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £30.9billion

Source of wealth: Luxury goods

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3. Daniel Gilbert – Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £37.9billion

Source of wealth: Quicken Loans

2. Steve Ballmer – Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £50.2billion

Source of wealth: Microsoft

1. Mukesh Ambani – Mumbai Indians (IPL)

Net worth (as per Forbes magazine, April 2021): £61.74billion

Source of wealth: Diversified

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Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest man
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Ambani was named as the 11th richest person in the world earlier this month and also holds the title of the richest person in Asia.

He has owned the Mumbai Indians IPL team since 2008, with the team currently captained by India batsman Rohit Sharma and featuring stars such as Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jimmy Neesham and Trent Boult.

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