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Report: The USA Accounts For 42.6% Of All Foreign Ownership In The Premier And Football League

Report: The American Glazer Family has attracted controversy with their ownership of Manchester United
Report: The American Glazer Family has attracted controversy with their ownership of Manchester United

Amidst the fallout from the failed European Super League, ownership in English football has rarely been so scrutinized. BettingOdds.com has decided to put the people who control and profit under the microscope to observe the millionaires and billionaires in the predominant positions of power in the Premier League, the Championship, League One, and League Two. The study has found that individuals and representatives from the United States of America amount for a staggering 42.6% of all foreign ownership across all four divisions of the English Football League system. In the Premier League, American owners possess a combined net worth of £35,664,560,000, accounting for 35.2% of the wealth of football club operators in the top tier.

The results of the study can be found below and have been organised into the following 5 categories: 

  • Percentage of Foreign Ownership in English Football;
  • Ownership in English Football by Primary Industry;
  • Ownership Wealth in the Premier League by Nationality;
  • Ownership in the Premier League by Primary Industry;
  • Wealthiest Owners In The Premier League.

All figures used are from Forbes, the Premier League, and Company Check.

Percentage of Foreign Ownership in English Football
Percentage of Foreign Ownership in English Football

Percentage of Foreign Ownership in English Football

1. United States of America 42.6%

2. China 13.1%

3. = Thailand 4.9%

3. = India 4.9%

5. = Germany 3.3%

5. = Russia 3.3%

5. = Malaysia 3.3%

5. = Italy 3.3

Ownership in English Football by Primary Industry
Ownership in English Football by Primary Industry

Ownership in English Football by Primary Industry

1. Finance / Investment  Number of owners: 30  Ownership %: 22.7

2. Sports  Number of owners: 18  Ownership %: 13.6

3. Property  Number of owners: 10  Ownership %: 7.6

4. = Food  Number of owners: 9  Ownership %: 6.8

4. = Supporters / Trust  Number of owners: 9  Ownership %: 6.8

6. Manufacturing  Number of owners: 8  Ownership %: 6.1

7. Technology  Number of owners: 7  Ownership %: 5.3

8. = Arts / Media / Entertainment  Number of owners: 5  Ownership %: 3.8

8. = Publishing  Number of owners: 5  Ownership %: 3.8

8. = Transportation  Number of owners: 5  Ownership %: 3.8

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Ownership Wealth in the Premier League by Nationality
Ownership Wealth in the Premier League by Nationality

Ownership Wealth in the Premier League by Nationality

1. United States of America  Combined Wealth: £35,664,560,000  Premier League Contribution %: 35.2

2. United Arab Emirates  Combined Wealth: £22,955,250,000  Premier League Contribution %: 22.7

3. China  Combined Wealth: £12,320,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 12.2

4. Russia  Combined Wealth: £10,670,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 10.5

5. United Kingdom  Combined Wealth: £7,269,420,000  Premier League Contribution %: 7.2

6. Egypt  Combined Wealth: £6,130,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 6.1

7. Germany  Combined Wealth: £3,000,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 3

8. Thailand  Combined Wealth: £2,670,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 2.6

9. Italy  Combined Wealth: £396,440,000  Premier League Contribution %: 0.4

10. Saudi Arabia  Combined Wealth: £198,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 0.2

Ownership in the Premier League by Primary Industry
Ownership in the Premier League by Primary Industry

Ownership in the Premier League by Primary Industry

1. Royalty  Amount: £23,153,250,000  Premier League Contribution %: 22.9

2. Finance / Investment Amount: £18,891,440,000  Premier League Contribution %: 18.7

3. Manufacturing Amount: £18,460,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 18.22

4. Property Amount: £9,510,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 9.4

5. Construction Amount: £9,130,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 9

6. Sports Amount: £6,904,560,000  Premier League Contribution %: 6.8

7. Transportation Amount: £6,340,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 6.3

8. Retail Amount: £6,270,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 6.2

9. Publishing Amount: £1,660,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 1.6

10. Gambling Amount: £940,000,000  Premier League Contribution %: 0.9

11. Arts / Entertainment / Media Amount: £144,200,000  Premier League Contribution %: 0.01

Total: £101,273,670,000

 

Wealthiest Owners In The Premier League

1. Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan  Club: Manchester City  Wealth: £22,955,250,000

2. Roman Abramovich  Club: Chelsea  Wealth: £10,670,000,000

3. ALK Capital  Club: Burnley  Wealth: £6,340,000,000

4. Nassef Sawiris  Club: Aston Villa  Wealth: £6,130,000,000

5. Stan Kroenke  Club: Arsenal  Wealth: £5,910,000,000

6. Shahid Khan  Club: Fulham  Wealth: £5,770,000,000

7. Guo Guangchang  Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers  Wealth: £4,970,000,000

8. Joshua Harris  Club: Crystal Palace  Wealth: £3,680,000,000

9. The Glazer Family  Club: Manchester United Wealth: £3,600,000,000

10. Joe Lewis  Club: Tottenham Hotspur  Wealth: £3,530,000,00

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