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Billionaires who want to change football: who is who in the Super League

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The project for the new Super League, the competition set to revolutionize the world of football forever, is led by the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez.

He has been joined by the leaders of eleven of the most powerful clubs in Europe and they are all confident that another three will join the project before the competition begins.

Florentine Perez. President of Real Madrid and first president of the Super League. Leader of the project that will change football. “We are going to help football at all levels to take its rightful place in the world. Soccer is the only global sport in the world with more than 4,000 million followers and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to the wishes of the fans,” Florentino Pérez explained in the statement announcing the creation of the Super League.

Andrea Agnelli. President of Juventus and vice president of the Super League. Agnelli had been the president of the European Club Association (ECA) since September 2017, a position he left after announcing the constitution of the Super League. The Agnelli family is the owner of Juventus and a reference shareholder of the FIAT group. “Our 12 Founding Clubs represent billions of fans around the world. We have come together at this critical moment, so that European competition is transformed, giving the sport we love a foundation that is sustainable for the future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a dream and matches of maximum quality that will feed their passion for football”, he assured in the statement sent to the media.Joel Glazer. Co-Executive Chairman of Manchester United and Vice President of the Super League. The American Glazer family owns United and the Tampa Bay Buccaeers, an NFL team of which Joel Glazer is executive vice president. Since they took ownership of the club, the Glazer family has suffered rejection from United fans, who are highly critical of their way of managing the entity at a sporting and economic level. “By bringing together the best clubs and players in the world to play against each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and increased financial support for the soccer pyramid. football in general,” Glazer said in the statement establishing the Super League.

Stan Kronke . American businessman, owner of Arsenal and also of the Los Angeles Rams, of the NFL, of the Colorado Rapids, of the MLS, of the Denver Nuggets, of the NBA, and of the Colorado Avalanche, of the NHL. He is estimated to have a heritage of almost 7,000 million euros and is married to the billionaire Ann Walton, one of the heiresses of the Walmart supermarket chain.

Roman Abramovich. The billionaire Russian businessman is one of the richest men in the world, with a heritage of more than 9,000 million euros. He has owned Chelsea since 2003.Joel Lewis. London businessman who controls 85.55% of Tottenham’s shares through the ENIC Group, an investment company. With a fortune of more than 4,000 million euros, Lewis has his habitual residence fixed in the Bahamas. The other strong man of Tottenham and the one who directs the day to day of the entity is Daniel Levy, president of the club. Tottenham is not the only business that Levy and Lewis share. Levy and his family own 29.4% of the share capital of ENIC International Limited, while Lewis owns 70.6%.

Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahayan. Member of the family that governs Abu Dhabi, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, this sheikh owns the City Football Group. Through this group he controls several soccer clubs, such as Manchester City, New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama Marinos or Montevideo City Torque. He is in charge of Mubadala Investment Company, a holding company through which the emirate of Abu Dhabi makes its financial investments. He is a member of the Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council. His personal fortune could exceed 25,000 million euros.

John William Henry. This American businessman acquired a majority shareholding in Liverpool through his company Fenway Sports Group and took control of the club in October 2010. With a net worth of almost 2.5 billion euros, Henry owns the Boston Red Sox baseball and The Boston Globe newspaper.Steven Zhang. A 29-year-old Chinese businessman, Zhang has been the president of Inter Milan since 2016, when the Suning group, owned by his father, Zhang Jindong, took control of the majority shareholding of the Italian club. Zhang Jindong’s fortune is estimated at 6,000 million euros.

Elliott Management. In July 2018, this American investment fund, created in 1977 by Paul Singer, took control of Rossoneri Sport Investment Luxembourg, the company that owns Milan, through the company Project Redblack 95.7% of the shares of Project Redblack belong to the Elliott fund and the other 4.3% are owned by Blue Skye, a company owned by Italian financiers Salvatore Cerchione and Gianluca D’Avanzo. The current president of Milan is Paolo Scaroni.

Barcelona. Together with Real Madrid, it is the only club that belongs to its members. The Catalan club will be led in this project by Joan Laporta, recently elected as the club’s new president.

Athletic. The Gil family is the majority shareholder of the club since it became a Sports Public Limited Company. Also a prominent shareholder of the entity is the Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer, as well as Enrique Cerezo, current president of Atlético. Ofer’s assets are more than 5,000 million euros.

JP Morgan. It is the financial entity that financially supports this Super League project.

PSG, Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. They would be the three clubs that the 12 signatories of the initial Super League project want to incorporate before the competition begins. For now, PSG, Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have been against this new project.

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