The owners of Premier League clubs have always been under the spotlight, but the scrutiny has increased in recent years. Criteria for ownership has been a hotly discussed topic, particularly around Mike Ashley’s sale of Newcastle United.
High-profile football pundits have taken aim at certain owners, with a particular focus on American influence in the failed attempt to create a European Super League.
The Premier League is the biggest domestic sporting competition in the world. Whether you judge it by the betting figures or viewership, it is miles ahead of any other league.
As a result, it is the wealthiest, which makes it especially attractive to those with billions of pounds burning a hole in their pocket.
There are no signs that the live betting interest in Premier League football is going to drop. Wages and transfer fees continue to soar, but who are the people pulling the strings? Here’s our guide to the Premier League owners…
Premier League Owners List
There has been considerable turnover of Premier League owners in the 21st century. Five of the 20 clubs have seen changes in ownership since the start of the 2020s, and several others changed hands in the previous five years.
In 2023-24, Tottenham owners Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis are the longest standing among owners of Premier League clubs, having taken over back in 2001.
Luton are the only club owned by the fans, while Brentford and Brighton are owned by individuals who partly made their money through betting, which has influenced the way their clubs are run.
Here is our full list of Premier League club owners:
Arsenal – Stan Kroenke
Aston Villa – Wes Edens & Nassef Sawiris
Bournemouth – William P. Foley
Brentford – Matthew Benham
Brighton – Tony Bloom
Burnley – Alan Pace
Chelsea – Clearlake Capital Group, Todd Boehly, Mark Walter & Hansjorg Wyss
Crystal Palace – John Textor, David Blitzer, Josh Harris & Steve Parish
Everton – Farhad Moshiri
Fulham – Shahid Khan
Liverpool – John W. Henry & Tom Werner
Luton Town – Luton Town Football Club Limited
Manchester City – Newton Investment and Development, Silver Lake & China Media Capital
Manchester United – Glazer Family
Newcastle – Public Investment Fund, RB Sports & Media & PCP Capital Partners
Nottingham Forest – Evangelos Marinakis
Sheffield United – Abdullah bin Musa’ed
Tottenham – Joe Lewis & Daniel Levy
West Ham – David Sullivan & Daniel Kretinsky
Wolves – Guo Guangchang, Liang Xinjun & Wang Qunbin
Richest Premier League Owners
Newcastle are by far the richest Premier League club, though an exact figure for the net worth of their owners is impossible due to the Public Investment Fund being state-owned.
Their spending power is considered far greater than any other ownership group, even when compared to the mega-rich Manchester City.
City’s owners have the highest net worth of those that is reasonable to make an estimate of. They are only narrowly ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and then Aston Villa.
Of course, City’s ownership group have shown much more willingness to spend than Arsenal and Aston Villa, which has led to them getting into hot water over FFP breaches.
Premier League owners’ net worth is only part of the story when trying to evaluate how much they will spend.
Being the richest owners in the Premier League is no guarantee of big-spending like Roman Abramovich’s early years at Chelsea, and Financial Fair Play restrictions certainly make it trickier.
Of course, having one of the top names when it comes to Premier League owners’ wealth does not always equate to success.
Big-spending has often backfired – there is much more to building a juggernaut like Manchester City beyond their splashy transfer fees and high wages.
American Owners in Premier League
Half of the 2023-24 Premier League clubs have American ownership to some extent.
Of course, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are all exclusively owned by Americans, with all three clubs at the centre of the European Super League plan.
Since then, Chelsea have been taken over by Clearlake Capital Group, Todd Boehly, Mark Walter & Hansjorg Wyss. Boehly is very much the face of the ownership group.
Just down the road, Fulham are owned by Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan, who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Several of the Premier League’s American owners also have stakes in the major American sports leagues, which has led to some changes in organisational decision-making.
Boehly owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Fenway Sports Group own the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Penguins alongside Liverpool. LeBron James is also an investor in FSG.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has a widespread sporting empire, including the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. Wes Edens, co-owner of Aston Villa, also has a stake in the Milwaukee Bucks.
Josh Harris and David Blitzer are both minority owners of Crystal Palace, which is a small chunk of their sporting interest.
Harris and Blitz are both involved in the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Washington Commanders alongside various other roles at sporting franchises.
Bournemouth owner Bill Foley is also owner of the Vegas Golden Knights, while the Glazers also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Premier League Ownership Debates
Owners can easily become heroes for fans, but many have become villains, too. That’s before we even get into state involvement and imbalance between teams when some are bankrolled so dramatically.
The questions surrounding Manchester City and Newcastle are not going to disappear any time soon.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has also been subject to criticism due to his plans to ‘Americanise’ the Premier League and the Blues’ on-pitch struggles.
Boehly previously suggested introducing an All-Star Game.
"I hope the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports and really starts to figure out.
"Why wouldn't we do a tournament with the bottom four teams? Why isn't there an All-Star game?
"You could do a North vs South All-Star game in the Premier League and fund whatever the pyramid needed very easily. Everyone likes the idea of more revenue for the League."
Gary Neville, a frequent critic of the Glazers, appeared to reply to Boehly’s comments without mentioning his name directly.
Neville tweeted, "I keep saying it but the quicker we get the Regulator in the better.
"US investment into English football is a clear and present danger to the pyramid and fabric of the game.
"They just don’t get it and think differently. They also don’t stop till they get what they want!"
Debates about owners of Premier League clubs are inevitable for years to come. It is understandably a heated, emotional subject – the stakes are high given the damage that can be done to clubs and the sport as a whole.
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