Carlos Slim Tops Billionaire Football Club Owners List With US$70 Billion Fortune Total Net Worth of Owners Over US$308 Billion, English Clubs Dominate

LONDON, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest football club owner, according to a new list that include investors and features teams from 11 countries, suggesting the worldwide appeal of sports clubs as trophy assets for the ultra wealthy.

Slim's America Movil bought a 30 percent stake last year in Grupo Pachuca, whose holdings include first division Mexican football clubs Pachuca and Leon. Wealth-X, the ultra high net worth intelligence provider, estimates Slim's fortune at US$70 billion. Second is Amancio Ortega, founder of retailer Zara, who holds a stake in the Spanish Football League team, Deportivo De La Coruna.

The list also reveals that seven of the 20 clubs are from England, but are owned by foreign-born billionaires such as American hedge fund tycoon George Soros, Indian businessman Lakshmi Mittal and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Arsenal is the only club to be featured twice in the list due to the prominence of its UHNW owners: American businessman Stan Kroenke and his Russian counterpart Alisher Usmanov.

Below is the first five billionaires:





Estimated Net
 (US$ Billion)



Football Club League



Carlos Slim


Club Leon

Liga MX


Amancio Ortega


Deportivo de la Coruna

La Liga


Alisher Usmanov



English Premier League


George Soros


Manchester United

English Premier League


Paul Allen


Seattle Sounders

Major League Soccer

"Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who recently celebrated his 10 years as owner of Chelsea Football Club, seems to have laid the foundation for other billionaires to include a prestigious football team as a must-have trophy asset," Wealth-X CEO Mykolas D. Rambus said. "Wealth-X data shows that 12 out of 20 have been owners for less than 10 years."

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About Wealth-X
Wealth-X provides detailed intelligence on ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals globally, defined as those with assets of US$30m and above. The firm's Wealth-X Professional solution is the standard for banking, marketing and not-for-profit professionals working with the ultra affluent. Headquartered in Singapore, Wealth-X has 12 offices around the world.  (



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